Personal Book Review: Honky Tonk Girl


My Life In Lyrics

By Loretta Lynn

“She’d smile in Mommy’s understanding way.” The song, the 1976 best-selling memoir and the Oscar-winning bio picture, The Coal Miner’s Daughter, made Loretta known world-wide. She was the first woman to be named Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association and she continues to play to full houses today. This book is filled with her stories, lyrics and personal pictures that tell her rags-to-riches story.

She became famous to me when I was young. My mom would raise the volume on the car radio when her songs came on. We once packed into the family car to travel hours to see Ms. Lynn perform, and I was lucky to see her face to face when she walked by to shake the hands of her fans. I was mesmerized by her larger than life persona. The music bounced off the walls with her passion for singing her story of how she pushed the boundaries in music and life.

Ever since my mom died, when I hear Coal Miner’s Daughter I recall the warmth I felt back then. She represents a time in my life when I still had a childhood. Despite her own childhood in Butcher Holler, Kentucky, she empowered herself to get more out of life. Loretta writes fondly about her time as a child, and more so on writing about her marriage to becoming a mother.

“My mommy used to say I wasn’t afraid of anything. To tell me I couldn’t do something was like daring me to do it.” That drove Loretta to write Mountain Climber. “The higher the mountain the better I like ‘em.”

Whether it’s tears or laughter that moves you as you read about her, you cannot help but feel appreciative of your own life. It is moving and motivating. I miss my mom terribly and feel connection to her when I read this or hear a Loretta tune.

Reads for Parents on Autism

The Out-of- sync Child

recognizing and coping with sensory processing disorder

by Carol Kranowitz, M.A.
Before my youngest daughter was diagnosed last year with autism I was overwhelmed with all of the  books offering advice.  This book helps break down what you can do for your child who might not be on the spectrum but exhibit sensory overload. What really caught my eye was that all of them approaches that are mentioned in the book are drug-free. This is a book for my reference shelf.

The Golden Hat

Taking Back Autism

By Kate Winslet, Margret Ericsdottir, and Keli Thorsteinsson

“Thank you for taking this journey   with us. We hope this book brings a new awareness of the opportunity we have   to help those with autism learn to communicate and realize their ambitions.   People with autism have the potential to achieve great things, but only when   given the appropriate support and education. This is why the Golden Hat   Foundation was formed. All author proceeds from this book go directly to the   Golden Hat Foundation. With your help, we can change the world for people   with autism.”

The book is made up of Kate and Margret’s stories, their personal email   correspondence, and Keli’s poetry. Kate has shared this story with some of   the world’s most famous people, posing the question: “What is important   to you to express?” Their responses are a collection of self-portraits   and their answers to the question

All the author proceeds from this book   will benefit the Golden Hat Foundation, founded by Kate Winslet and Margret   Ericsdottir to build innovative living campuses for people with autism and   raise public awareness of their intellectual capabilities.



Stay tuned for my review of Carly’s   Voice. A book on autism from the inside!