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New York Times best-selling author and Nashville legend Loretta Lynn tells the story of her rise from deep poverty in Butcher Holler, Kentucky, to the top of the male-dominated country music industry.

Reissued for the 40th anniversary of the Oscar-winning, Sissy Spacek-starring film of the same name, Coal Miner's Daughter recounts Loretta Lynn's astonishing journey to become one of the original queens of country music. Loretta grew up dirt poor in the mountains of Kentucky, she was married at 13 years old, and became a mother soon after. At the age of 24, her husband, Doo, gave her a guitar as an anniversary present.

Soon, she began penning songs and singing in front of honky-tonk audiences and through years of hard work, talent, and true grit eventually made her way to Nashville, the Grand Ole Opry, eventually securing her place in country music history. Loretta's prolific and influential songwriting made her the first woman to receive a gold record in country music and got her named the first female Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association. This riveting memoir introduces listeners to all the highs and lows on her road to success and the tough, smart, funny, and fascinating woman behind the legend.

©1976, 2020 Loretta Lynn (P)2021 Grand Central Publishing

Critic Reviews

"Few subjects are too difficult to deal with here, yet there is nothing sensationalistic.... Those reading this can be assured they have met the real Loretta Lynn." (Billboard)

"Engaging reading even for many to whom country music is an alien world." (The New York Times Book Review)

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  • JJ
  • 01-03-21

Awesome!

A great true story about an awesome woman, wife, mother and country music artist! Highly recommended!

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  • crystal smith
  • 18-03-21

love Loretta

loved sissy narrating this book in her Loretta Lynn voice! she wrote it like she talks and omg being a kentucky girl like Loretta. I totally related. best audible. experience yet!!