Just as Tori's music is very original, so too is this autobiography. Although she does include details about her personal life and her more public life as an artist, this biography also looks at how her creative process works. How does she get the ideas for her songs, and once this has happened, how does she do the music? This really is a look at what it can mean to be a woman in the music industry. Like many women, Tori is at once a daughter, mother, wife and career woman - how does she cope with all these different aspects of her life, and how has motherhood changed her perspective, if at all?
To attempt to answer such questions, Tori does look at her childhood and the beginning of her career. Along with Tori's own thoughts and reflections, the book also has insights from people close to her - her husband, members of her band, and Ann Powers, a music journalist, also includes her own thoughts.
One of the most interesting chapters for me was chapter 2, "Mary Magdalene: The Erotic Muse". In this chapter she includes a few lines of a song she never released:
"I have 50 hearts, they're all in 50 different drawers
When you come calling I always put the purple one on
If I dumped all 50 out on the living room floor
would you say clean up the mess before I get home?"
This particularly struck me as I often feel that as a woman I sometimes have to hide all the different aspects of my personality in order to please others. The chapter as a whole really made me think about what she was trying to get across, and I have never been a raging feminist! Tori just seems to have a way of saying things that feel familiar.
This is a great addition to the collection of any Tori fan. It really shows that is a very educated, intelligent woman who is complex and intriguing. I devoured it just before seeing her live for the first time on her Original Sinsuality tour and I still, and always will, treasure it.