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Diamond in The Rough by Shawn Colvin.. Some books about addiction and recovery just tell it in such a way that you feel it's worth passing on the news, just in case somebody could really use it. Here's a truthful, self-aware and restorative book. One thing you can't recover from, it would seem, is being a musician.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Ms. Colvin said she was careful not to let “Diamonds” evolve into either a self-help book or a name-calling laundry list of ways she thinks she has been wronged. Instead, like many of Ms. Colvin’s greatest hits, the book is candid about her heartaches but also comically self-deprecating. She balances the serious admission that she needs medication to combat her depression with a funny anecdote about the time she wet herself on national television while dancing with ’N Sync during a late ’90s Disney Christmas special. She says chronicling her alcohol and depression came easy. The hard part was convincing herself that she should add another memoir to an already crowded market of confessional autobiographies."

The New York Times

"Colvin chronicles an impressive array of accompanists and backup, two husbands, and myriad awards such as her gold record with the 1997 hit “Sunny Came Home,” all while maintaining a low-key, sweet humility that is truly endearing."

Publishers Weekly

Author bio: Shawn Colvin is a singer-songwriter and musician. She began performing in bands in the late 1970s, and after years of honing her skills in Austin, Texas, and the New York folk scene, Colvin released her debut album, Steady On, in 1989, which earned a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Her breakthrough success was the album A Few Small Repairs in 1996, featuring the song "Sunny Came Home," a top ten hit that won Grammys for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Colvin has released ten albums, won three Grammys, and been nominated for seven others. More information can be found here:

Book Details: Nonfiction Thriller; (240 pp. Kindle/Print editions)

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