Maybe We’ll Make It: A Memoir

Univ. of Texas. Oct. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9781477323502. $27.95. MUSIC
American country singer/songwriter Price’s memoir is as intensely personal and heartbreakingly honest as her songs. She reveals many details, ranging from a rocky childhood growing up in a family scarred by alcoholism and a proclivity for wild behavior, to meeting the love of her life and living in poverty as they navigated the Nashville music world together. She expands on the narratives told in her songs and draws readers in with her exquisite storytelling abilities and profound specifics. She finds the humor in her often-precarious living situation and career (including her invention of a fake “manager” who gets her gigs where she had previously been ignored). She is forthright about her personal struggles (eating disorders, drug use, adultery) and the tragic loss of her first son. Her development as an artist is told through her lyrics, which steadfastly remained autobiographical during her years of struggling, despite recommendations to be more mainstream. Her breakthrough happens when she fully embraced a country style.
VERDICT Grammy-nominated for Best New Artist in 2018, Price’s star is on the rise, and her relatable stories will have widespread appeal.
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