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She writes about the friends she made along the way - Vince Gill...Brad Paisley and others, collaborating together, recording and touring together, some of the friendships developing into something more and not ending happily. . .
She writes about her drive that spurred her to write more hits, make more videos, produce bigger tours. . . how she was chosen as one of People's 50 Most Beautiful People. . . given the Humanitarian Award. . . named FHM's Top 20 Sexiest Women In Entertainment. . . appeared on the cover of USA Today. . . How, instead of breathing a sigh of relief, she writes about the terror she felt at losing everything she'd worked so hard to create. . .
And after, in the face of everything she did to ward it off, she writes about how the vortex of success took its toll; her life, a wreck she refused to see coming, and finally, how she found the guts to untangle herself from the image of the country music star she'd become, an image steeped in long-standing ideals and notions about who - and what - a country artist is, and what their fans expect them to be. . .
She writes about this time of life and death renewal, how she has come to terms with who she is, and how she has found a new voice in her music; with music flowing naturally from her that never came so easily.
Like Me is a book of revelation; fearless, inspiring, true
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By Jeananne on 01-23-13
Living a secret life for so long was hell for Chely. She really lets you in on all the twists and turns along the way and how it almost led to suicide, literally. I was absolutely amazed at her honesty and courage to share it with the world. I think her story has really made some people think very hard and to review their core beliefs about gays. This is an amazing and important story!!!
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By Me & My Girls on 01-15-13
Poignant and Moving
A deeply personal memoir that was greatly revealing. Stories of childhood abuse and of the way she used men to hide her sexuality. Though denying she did so purposely; she knew she wasn't attracted to men, she still dated and slept with them. Having the knowledge that coming out would end her career in Country Music she hid the truth about her sexuality. In a way that was poignant and moving, she is open and articulate about her family and relationships. An excellent listen.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful