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Grammy award-winning producer Tamara Saviano pens heartbreaking and uplifting memoir, “The Most Beautiful Girl: A True Story of a Dad, a Daughter and the Healing Power of Music” Foreword by Kris Kristofferson Nashville, Tennessee – Tamara Saviano has achieved remarkable success and happiness in the music industry. Working with such legendary songwriters as Guy Clark and Kri Grammy award-winning producer Tamara Saviano pens heartbreaking and uplifting memoir, “The Most Beautiful Girl: A True Story of a Dad, a Daughter and the Healing Power of Music” Foreword by Kris Kristofferson Nashville, Tennessee – Tamara Saviano has achieved remarkable success and happiness in the music industry. Working with such legendary songwriters as Guy Clark and Kris Kristofferson, Grammy award winning producer (Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster) and 2012’s Americana Music Association’s Album of the Year winner for the celebrated tribute albums (This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark), she grew up in fear as a frequent victim of her father’s abuse when he was under the influence of alcohol. When he wasn’t drunk, he was an adoring father who was Tamara’s staunches ally. The title, "The Most Beautiful Girl" comes from the famous song and illuminates the connection to music throughout her life. The 52-year-old Wisconsin native worked through chaos and sorrow on her way to personal and professional fulfillment. Featuring a foreword by Kristofferson, The Most Beautiful Girl tells Saviano’s story, a heartbreaking yet uplifting memoir of a daughter, her father, and the healing power of music. The book opens with a scene at Johnny Cash’s funeral when Saviano is struck with grief about unfinished business with the man she came to know as her father. Robert Ruditys died two years before Cash, and hadn’t spoken to his daughter for more than a decade. Sadness and regret lead Saviano on a journey to rediscover her father and examine the lost relationship with a man she once loved. Through an unstable childhood, a turbulent young adulthood and finally on a path to freedom, Saviano lays bare the complexity of family ties—both those that bind and those that break. Saviano found comfort in music throughout it all. “There was always music on the stereo in our house,” she says. “It was part of the fabric of our day-to-day lives. As I was trying to figure out how to reconcile my Dad’s death, I listened to his music. He was into Cash and Sun Records and the Memphis Soul music that Stax issued in the 1960s. While I listened to Otis, Aretha and Cash, I went back and read my childhood diaries. My goal was to find peace and acceptance about my Dad, which I did, but it took writing this book to do it.” In the book, Saviano also details her own personal road to professional accomplishment. Nearly two decades ago, she placed a high-risk bet in moving from Wisconsin to Nashville to pursue her dream of working in the music business. Ultimately, it paid off. “I was 34 and a single mom leaving the only home I ever knew. I left a great job and friends,” Saviano says. “I cried while driving to Nashville asking myself ‘did I make a horrible mistake?’” It turned out to be the right move. More than a decade ago, Saviano started her own public relations business with Kris Kristofferson as her anchor client. Ultimately she expanded into artist management, project management, and consulting. Recently Saviano co-wrote From Art to Commerce: A Workbook for Independent Musicians, an eBook companion to the workshops she teaches with independent artist Rod Picott. “We teach artists to be entrepreneurs,” Saviano says. “The music business has changed with the evolution of technology. Once controlled by gatekeepers, production and distribution are easier for independent artists to tell their stories, produce their own music. It’s an exciting time to work in music.” Storytelling has been the common thread throughout her life. Saviano studied the art as a girl by listening to troubadours Cash, Clark and Kristofferson. She is a devoted book reader and has told the story of many others from the perspective of a journalist and producer. The Most Beautiful Girl tells a personal tale, this time her own. “It is always about the story for me,” she says. “Stories are nourishment on this adventure we call life.” The Most Beautiful Girl is set to a soundtrack of folk and country music that both inspires and haunts her. Saviano weaves a tale that proves music can provide a lasting connection long after human relationships have unraveled. Threaded with lyrics and founded in a mid-century coming-of-age tale, the memoir represents a true American remembrance of childhood anguish, lost identity and happy endings. The Most Beautiful Girl concludes at the 2005 GRAMMY Awards as Saviano is honored for producing the Best Traditional Folk Album: Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster. She’s a well-known music journalist (Country Music Magazine) and television producer (Great American Country). Right now Saviano is deep into writing an in-depth biography of Guy Clark.


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Grammy award-winning producer Tamara Saviano pens heartbreaking and uplifting memoir, “The Most Beautiful Girl: A True Story of a Dad, a Daughter and the Healing Power of Music” Foreword by Kris Kristofferson Nashville, Tennessee – Tamara Saviano has achieved remarkable success and happiness in the music industry. Working with such legendary songwriters as Guy Clark and Kri Grammy award-winning producer Tamara Saviano pens heartbreaking and uplifting memoir, “The Most Beautiful Girl: A True Story of a Dad, a Daughter and the Healing Power of Music” Foreword by Kris Kristofferson Nashville, Tennessee – Tamara Saviano has achieved remarkable success and happiness in the music industry. Working with such legendary songwriters as Guy Clark and Kris Kristofferson, Grammy award winning producer (Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster) and 2012’s Americana Music Association’s Album of the Year winner for the celebrated tribute albums (This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark), she grew up in fear as a frequent victim of her father’s abuse when he was under the influence of alcohol. When he wasn’t drunk, he was an adoring father who was Tamara’s staunches ally. The title, "The Most Beautiful Girl" comes from the famous song and illuminates the connection to music throughout her life. The 52-year-old Wisconsin native worked through chaos and sorrow on her way to personal and professional fulfillment. Featuring a foreword by Kristofferson, The Most Beautiful Girl tells Saviano’s story, a heartbreaking yet uplifting memoir of a daughter, her father, and the healing power of music. The book opens with a scene at Johnny Cash’s funeral when Saviano is struck with grief about unfinished business with the man she came to know as her father. Robert Ruditys died two years before Cash, and hadn’t spoken to his daughter for more than a decade. Sadness and regret lead Saviano on a journey to rediscover her father and examine the lost relationship with a man she once loved. Through an unstable childhood, a turbulent young adulthood and finally on a path to freedom, Saviano lays bare the complexity of family ties—both those that bind and those that break. Saviano found comfort in music throughout it all. “There was always music on the stereo in our house,” she says. “It was part of the fabric of our day-to-day lives. As I was trying to figure out how to reconcile my Dad’s death, I listened to his music. He was into Cash and Sun Records and the Memphis Soul music that Stax issued in the 1960s. While I listened to Otis, Aretha and Cash, I went back and read my childhood diaries. My goal was to find peace and acceptance about my Dad, which I did, but it took writing this book to do it.” In the book, Saviano also details her own personal road to professional accomplishment. Nearly two decades ago, she placed a high-risk bet in moving from Wisconsin to Nashville to pursue her dream of working in the music business. Ultimately, it paid off. “I was 34 and a single mom leaving the only home I ever knew. I left a great job and friends,” Saviano says. “I cried while driving to Nashville asking myself ‘did I make a horrible mistake?’” It turned out to be the right move. More than a decade ago, Saviano started her own public relations business with Kris Kristofferson as her anchor client. Ultimately she expanded into artist management, project management, and consulting. Recently Saviano co-wrote From Art to Commerce: A Workbook for Independent Musicians, an eBook companion to the workshops she teaches with independent artist Rod Picott. “We teach artists to be entrepreneurs,” Saviano says. “The music business has changed with the evolution of technology. Once controlled by gatekeepers, production and distribution are easier for independent artists to tell their stories, produce their own music. It’s an exciting time to work in music.” Storytelling has been the common thread throughout her life. Saviano studied the art as a girl by listening to troubadours Cash, Clark and Kristofferson. She is a devoted book reader and has told the story of many others from the perspective of a journalist and producer. The Most Beautiful Girl tells a personal tale, this time her own. “It is always about the story for me,” she says. “Stories are nourishment on this adventure we call life.” The Most Beautiful Girl is set to a soundtrack of folk and country music that both inspires and haunts her. Saviano weaves a tale that proves music can provide a lasting connection long after human relationships have unraveled. Threaded with lyrics and founded in a mid-century coming-of-age tale, the memoir represents a true American remembrance of childhood anguish, lost identity and happy endings. The Most Beautiful Girl concludes at the 2005 GRAMMY Awards as Saviano is honored for producing the Best Traditional Folk Album: Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster. She’s a well-known music journalist (Country Music Magazine) and television producer (Great American Country). Right now Saviano is deep into writing an in-depth biography of Guy Clark.

30 review for The Most Beautiful Girl: A True Story of a Dad, A Daughter and the Healing Power of Music

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lissy Peace

    This is a very uplifting book, once you get through the dramatic heart breaking beginning. It is hard to believe what Ms. Saviano had to overcome as a youth, but remember it is a true story. A father that was an alcoholic, child abuse, a mom that was an enabler ( she was beaten so many times the cops know the route to rescue her mom), a teenage pregnancy, and a real father that she didn't meet until she was in her 20s. To have gone through so much as a young child and teen, she emerges triumphan This is a very uplifting book, once you get through the dramatic heart breaking beginning. It is hard to believe what Ms. Saviano had to overcome as a youth, but remember it is a true story. A father that was an alcoholic, child abuse, a mom that was an enabler ( she was beaten so many times the cops know the route to rescue her mom), a teenage pregnancy, and a real father that she didn't meet until she was in her 20s. To have gone through so much as a young child and teen, she emerges triumphant in life, stronger and more determined to find love and success. She left her home town in Wisconsin as soon as she could and then found her new life source in Nashville working with some of America's Country music legends becoming a Grammy award winning producer. She doesn't settle for the next guy, she searches for the man that touches her soul. If you think you've been through a rough time, you probably can not compare to what Tamara Saviano has been through. God bless her because she deserves every good thing that comes her way.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lyn Branham

    I adore this book. I'm not a fast reader, but I devoured this wonderful memoir in two days because I simply couldn't put it down. Tamara writes beautifully about her tumultuous and painful past. I admire her for her forgiving heart, and for her ability to separate herself from her past to achieve great success (both personally and professionally). It can't have been easy for her to go back to these dark places to write this memoir, but by doing so she has shown us what strength looks like. This I adore this book. I'm not a fast reader, but I devoured this wonderful memoir in two days because I simply couldn't put it down. Tamara writes beautifully about her tumultuous and painful past. I admire her for her forgiving heart, and for her ability to separate herself from her past to achieve great success (both personally and professionally). It can't have been easy for her to go back to these dark places to write this memoir, but by doing so she has shown us what strength looks like. This resilient, gifted woman refused to let her past define or limit her. Instead, she has made great contributions to American culture and she has become an inspiration to many.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shawna Barlow

    Inspiring and beautifully heart rending I happened upon this book by hearing about a documentary being made about Guy Clark by Tammy Saviano. I saw she had also written a biography about him and, when I searched to see if it was released, found her own autobiography. The title and cover drew me in, but it was her writing that kept me engaged to the end. Five stars for it being so well-written, hard to put down, and for all the honesty and courage it had to have taken to dig that deep and put it a Inspiring and beautifully heart rending I happened upon this book by hearing about a documentary being made about Guy Clark by Tammy Saviano. I saw she had also written a biography about him and, when I searched to see if it was released, found her own autobiography. The title and cover drew me in, but it was her writing that kept me engaged to the end. Five stars for it being so well-written, hard to put down, and for all the honesty and courage it had to have taken to dig that deep and put it all out there for people like me to read. Her life could have just been another tragic and cautionary tale, but she wrestled her demons, rejected the role of victim, and became a success on so many levels. But the real beauty of the book was in the portrait she painted of her father. On one hand he was a badly damaged, self-destructive mean drunk, but on the other he was loving, generous, giving and fun-loving. The love/hate struggle between them was gut-wrenching and Ms. Saviano pulled me into every emotion and every heartbreak. In the end her father gave her the precious gift of truly loving and appreciating music, and in doing so an opportunity to close the circle, finally. So many of us miss out on a chance for closure and I'm glad she found a way to get it for herself. Hard won, to be sure. Keep writing, Tammy. I'm waiting for the Guy Clark bio, especially after reading this one and knowing, without a doubt, it's in the right hands.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I won The Most Beautiful Girl: A True Story of a Dad, A Daughter and the Healing Power of Musicby Tamara Saviano in exchange for a review. The Most Beautiful Girl is a raw and honest account of Tamara Saviano's journey to find herself. While books about abusive parents and the challenges that face not only the abused child and the child who becomes an adult are a dime a dozen, there is something in Ms. Saviano's story that sets it above the rest. While her writing is unsophisticated, reading the I won The Most Beautiful Girl: A True Story of a Dad, A Daughter and the Healing Power of Musicby Tamara Saviano in exchange for a review. The Most Beautiful Girl is a raw and honest account of Tamara Saviano's journey to find herself. While books about abusive parents and the challenges that face not only the abused child and the child who becomes an adult are a dime a dozen, there is something in Ms. Saviano's story that sets it above the rest. While her writing is unsophisticated, reading the book is like listening to Ms. Saviano tell you the story face to face. Her struggles to deal with her conflicting feelings about the father who raised her, the beauty of discovering her birth father and making loving connections, and her journey through a series of failed relationships and different careers before she serendipitously lands in the country music world are richly detailed and ring true. This is a story not only of survival, but of triumph, and is well-worth reading. Ms. Saviano is to be commended for sharing the raw emotions of her journey with us.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Really_?

    Nice piece of fiction....I think there is a likelihood that the "truth" has been stretched significantly to impress those that do not know Tamara as she is living two lives and escaping to a new reality. Nice piece of fiction....I think there is a likelihood that the "truth" has been stretched significantly to impress those that do not know Tamara as she is living two lives and escaping to a new reality.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Couldn't get into it. Not enough emotion or description. Telling about it not the same. Poor writing style. Had to stop. Couldn't get into it. Not enough emotion or description. Telling about it not the same. Poor writing style. Had to stop.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Linda Martin

    This is the story of a woman's troubled relationship with her father. It kept my attention throughout and I need to reread it before I give a longer review. This is the story of a woman's troubled relationship with her father. It kept my attention throughout and I need to reread it before I give a longer review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    This book sure has a wide range of stars in the reviews. That's not uncommon, but, judging by a couple of really, really angry comments that amount to personal attacks, the author touched on some pretty raw nerves. It's clear to me that she has suffered a lot of pain from her relationship with her father, but she also has some pretty solid good memories as well. This book feels like an attempt at (man, I hate how trite this sounds) closure because she could never get that reconciliation she so This book sure has a wide range of stars in the reviews. That's not uncommon, but, judging by a couple of really, really angry comments that amount to personal attacks, the author touched on some pretty raw nerves. It's clear to me that she has suffered a lot of pain from her relationship with her father, but she also has some pretty solid good memories as well. This book feels like an attempt at (man, I hate how trite this sounds) closure because she could never get that reconciliation she so craved before he died. It took a lot of years, but it sounds like she's finally happy. Good for her.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bloggeretterized

    Full review on my blog. The Most Beautiful Girl is Tamara Saviano’s memoir. I must say I didn’t know who she was when I requested the advanced reader copy of this book, but now I know. This is a fast read. I gave it 3 stars because I had a hard time getting into it. To begin with, I felt like there was too much intro, too many forewords. It felt like it took forever to get to chapter one. Also, it’s not the life changing page turning story the people in the foreword claim it is. I suppose people i Full review on my blog. The Most Beautiful Girl is Tamara Saviano’s memoir. I must say I didn’t know who she was when I requested the advanced reader copy of this book, but now I know. This is a fast read. I gave it 3 stars because I had a hard time getting into it. To begin with, I felt like there was too much intro, too many forewords. It felt like it took forever to get to chapter one. Also, it’s not the life changing page turning story the people in the foreword claim it is. I suppose people in the music business feel very strongly about Saviano’s story, but I don’t think us regular readers can see what they claim in all that praise. I don’t mean to be rude but it just felt like she kept going and going on the fact that her dad was an alcoholic. I felt like she wanted people to feel sorry for her for that. She didn’t have that hard of a childhood despite her father’s illness. And he wasn’t that bad monster you would expect him to be. Her dad’s alcoholism doesn’t justify her bad decisions in life. And without spoiling the read for anyone, I can say that her alcoholic father was not the man who hurt her. In my humble opinion, she owes Mr. Ruditys her music background, her love for music and her skill to appreciate the art of music, the tools with which she makes a living today. This book is full of song lyrics. Too many for my taste. This book is definitely for connoisseurs of folk and country music. Even though the story with her dad didn’t move me,the unfortunate set of events regarding her daughter were the ones that saved this book from getting only 2 stars. A child’s suffering is something hard to read, and knowing that it is a real life story made an impression on me. You think you have a hard life, but when you read other people’s struggles and how they overcome them, you can only say: “You know what? My life is dandy!” The Most Beautiful Girl is an interesting read. Definitely for those who know who was who in the Nashville music business in the 70’s and of course for those who know who Tamara Saviano is. DISCLOSURE STATEMENT I received a copy of this book but was not financially compensated in any way nor obliged to review. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my personal experience while reading it. This review contains affiliate links.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    This story was devastatingly beautiful. I love music and have long believed in its ability to tell stories, to convey emotions, to heal. This story is a journey of forgiveness and understanding that will break your heart several times along the way. I have a lot of respect for Tamara and her courage to share her story with the world. The first part of the book centers around her childhood which is filled with a lot of pain. It was hard to read at times because I couldn't imagine someone going th This story was devastatingly beautiful. I love music and have long believed in its ability to tell stories, to convey emotions, to heal. This story is a journey of forgiveness and understanding that will break your heart several times along the way. I have a lot of respect for Tamara and her courage to share her story with the world. The first part of the book centers around her childhood which is filled with a lot of pain. It was hard to read at times because I couldn't imagine someone going through all of that and getting a happy ending. Despite her terrible relationships and role models she continues to stand on her own two feet. She makes it work, even when it is nearly impossible. She is honest in telling her story, not only detailing the pain caused by others but that which she herself caused. I loved how music was woven throughout the story. It really helped create an emotional understanding of her family members and their relationships. I enjoyed being allowed a look at Tamara's story and her incredible strength. I would recommend this book to anyone trying to find themselves and reach their dreams while navigating the pain of life and love.

  11. 4 out of 5

    KathyAnne

    Very interesting biography of a daughter and her relationship with her alcoholic father. I'm pretty sure Tamara's story will sound very familiar to many people, at least on an emotional level. This is her journey to healing from the painful side of her childhood and coping with the mixed emotions of a father she both loved and hated. Interesting too how fate stepped in and her present career is so intimately connected to her relationship with her father as a child. As much as we try to run from Very interesting biography of a daughter and her relationship with her alcoholic father. I'm pretty sure Tamara's story will sound very familiar to many people, at least on an emotional level. This is her journey to healing from the painful side of her childhood and coping with the mixed emotions of a father she both loved and hated. Interesting too how fate stepped in and her present career is so intimately connected to her relationship with her father as a child. As much as we try to run from our past and our childhood demons we certainly can't hide from them. The triggers are everywhere, reminding us that in order to move forward we have to face the past. Great little biography... both moving and entertaining... and you don't have to love country music to relate to her story. But, I do think those who love country music and grew up in the 70's would enjoy this little trip down memory lane. Lots of I remember when moments... ARC provided by the publisher via netgalley www.ktbookreviews.com

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    I was sent this book as an ARC for an honest review. What can I say about a book that has so many valuable lessons. Music plays an important part of all of our lives. We remember songs from when we were young, music we heard growing up, music we listened to as a teenager, when we had our first boyfriend, the music at our wedding and so on. This story/memoir was just that. It was about a journey of a girl and her father. The complicated relationship they had and how music fit into it all the way to I was sent this book as an ARC for an honest review. What can I say about a book that has so many valuable lessons. Music plays an important part of all of our lives. We remember songs from when we were young, music we heard growing up, music we listened to as a teenager, when we had our first boyfriend, the music at our wedding and so on. This story/memoir was just that. It was about a journey of a girl and her father. The complicated relationship they had and how music fit into it all the way to the end. I thought that the book not only showed the healing power of music, but also some of the underbelly as well. Johnny Cash told some pretty dark stories through his and many others sand about fates that brought them to the music industry. This story also showed that though a very turbulent relationship music seemed to keep it glued together.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    Only read this book if you want to be inspired....if you want to know what resilience looks like…if you ever wondered what alcoholism really is….if life ever threw you a curve ball that hit you so hard in the stomach you thought you’d never breathe again….if you ever wanted to be brave enough to write your life story…I mean really write it where people could not only look in your closet..but they could try your shit on. Tamara’s brutal honesty takes you on a life changing ride of the human spiri Only read this book if you want to be inspired....if you want to know what resilience looks like…if you ever wondered what alcoholism really is….if life ever threw you a curve ball that hit you so hard in the stomach you thought you’d never breathe again….if you ever wanted to be brave enough to write your life story…I mean really write it where people could not only look in your closet..but they could try your shit on. Tamara’s brutal honesty takes you on a life changing ride of the human spirit…and fills your heart and mind full of hope and inspiration. There’s NOTHING you cannot do after reading this book. I just wish we could buy the soundtrack she included for us to hear in the background of her incredible story…knowing Tamara that’s probably next…with another Grammy included.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Paula Schumm

    Many thanks to American Roots Press and NetGalley for an advance copy of The Most Beautiful Girl by Tamara Saviano. The Most Beautiful Girl is Tamara Saviano's memoir of her relationship with her father, a man broken by rage and alcohol. Throughout the book are wonderful remembrances of music and musicians. Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and others appear throughout, and the healing power of music is at the forefront as a lesson to us all. Ms. Saviano is also damaged in many ways, but her stor Many thanks to American Roots Press and NetGalley for an advance copy of The Most Beautiful Girl by Tamara Saviano. The Most Beautiful Girl is Tamara Saviano's memoir of her relationship with her father, a man broken by rage and alcohol. Throughout the book are wonderful remembrances of music and musicians. Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and others appear throughout, and the healing power of music is at the forefront as a lesson to us all. Ms. Saviano is also damaged in many ways, but her story leaves us knowing that we can overcome and become successful even when the odds are against us from the beginning. Well done!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ginni

    I received this as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book was heartbreaking to read. It was amazing to see someone that had struggled so much in her life as a child and rise above. The details of her life made it hard to read at times and you felt for her. Music has held a deep connection in my life and throughout it. I can relate to the escapism quality of music and books. This is the how I coped growing up. I still hear songs and they take me back. It was a hard book to put down and I received this as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book was heartbreaking to read. It was amazing to see someone that had struggled so much in her life as a child and rise above. The details of her life made it hard to read at times and you felt for her. Music has held a deep connection in my life and throughout it. I can relate to the escapism quality of music and books. This is the how I coped growing up. I still hear songs and they take me back. It was a hard book to put down and the story was told beautifully. I am so happy that she was able to tell her story and be happy after all the hardship she had faced in her life.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    The Most Beautiful Girl is a memoir by Grammy Award winning country music producer Tamara Saviano. She writes about the tumultuous relationship she had with the man she believed to be her father for much of her life, and what lead to them not speaking for the decade leading up to his death. She weaves in the importance of music to her father and in her life growing up, and what lead her to eventually pursue a career in the music industry leaving her family and friends far behind. I liked the mus The Most Beautiful Girl is a memoir by Grammy Award winning country music producer Tamara Saviano. She writes about the tumultuous relationship she had with the man she believed to be her father for much of her life, and what lead to them not speaking for the decade leading up to his death. She weaves in the importance of music to her father and in her life growing up, and what lead her to eventually pursue a career in the music industry leaving her family and friends far behind. I liked the musical bent to this memoir even as I've grown tired of these types of memoirs in general. If you are into memoirs of difficult families though, then you should enjoy this one.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Tamara's story is told honestly, heart on sleeve, eyes wide open. She shares her painful years of growing up with an alcoholic father and the impact that has on her self-esteem and her choice of boyfriends. A story that is at once poignant, powerful, bittersweet, humorous and hopeful. References to Nashville and music legends Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash will appeal to lovers of music and songwriters, and adds a lighter layer of enjoyment to Tamara's life story. I would recommend this book Tamara's story is told honestly, heart on sleeve, eyes wide open. She shares her painful years of growing up with an alcoholic father and the impact that has on her self-esteem and her choice of boyfriends. A story that is at once poignant, powerful, bittersweet, humorous and hopeful. References to Nashville and music legends Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash will appeal to lovers of music and songwriters, and adds a lighter layer of enjoyment to Tamara's life story. I would recommend this book without reservation!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    This is a very easy to read book that moves your senses. To grow up finding out her dad isn't her real dad, to living with the man her mother married who is an alcoholic and physically and emotionally abusive when drunk, to a mom who puts up with his ways, to the good times with her dad listening to Johnny Cash and other oldies, Tamara is a pillar of strength and determination. This is a story of how she survived and thrived. How she came to the top without any role models to help her. What a bea This is a very easy to read book that moves your senses. To grow up finding out her dad isn't her real dad, to living with the man her mother married who is an alcoholic and physically and emotionally abusive when drunk, to a mom who puts up with his ways, to the good times with her dad listening to Johnny Cash and other oldies, Tamara is a pillar of strength and determination. This is a story of how she survived and thrived. How she came to the top without any role models to help her. What a beautiful book! Pick up a copy today! You'll be glad you did!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Susie Hitchcock

    Tamara, I am excited to read your book. Your dad gave me the Pilgrim CD for my birthday this year when I was in the islands. I've been listening to it and it is a beautiful CD. I was touched that he would share something that means so much to him. He referred your book, so I ordered it as soon as I got home. God bless, Susan H (PA) Tamara, I am excited to read your book. Your dad gave me the Pilgrim CD for my birthday this year when I was in the islands. I've been listening to it and it is a beautiful CD. I was touched that he would share something that means so much to him. He referred your book, so I ordered it as soon as I got home. God bless, Susan H (PA)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heatherly Hardin

    A beautiful journey of suffering, forgiveness, and redemption. Classic folk and country music frame the story, providing a powerful and identifiable scaffold for the reader's relationship with the characters, as well as the characters' relationships with each others. Memoirs are difficult and, although this one has painful parts, it is both honest and encouraging. A beautiful journey of suffering, forgiveness, and redemption. Classic folk and country music frame the story, providing a powerful and identifiable scaffold for the reader's relationship with the characters, as well as the characters' relationships with each others. Memoirs are difficult and, although this one has painful parts, it is both honest and encouraging.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Robert Ruditys

    This person should be ashamed of herself for writing this book. This book is filled with half truths and lies.As a member of this family I am shocked to know that she would hurt her mother with this garbage.Nothing but an attention getter that wants people to feel sorry for her. Just trying to sell a book any way she knows how.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chris Farrell

    This book helps me see the need to let go of the past and focus on living in the present. It's an inspiring book about the power of forgiveness and healing. I think anyone who grew up in a dysfunctional family system could benefit greatly from reading this book. I know I did. This book helps me see the need to let go of the past and focus on living in the present. It's an inspiring book about the power of forgiveness and healing. I think anyone who grew up in a dysfunctional family system could benefit greatly from reading this book. I know I did.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Charles Cathey

    i finished reading this book last sunday. it took longer than i thought it would take to read the book because...well...ok, i know i'm a guy, but this book is a real 'wet eye' experience. tam saviano goes to great lengths to unload a very heavy burden. please read. i finished reading this book last sunday. it took longer than i thought it would take to read the book because...well...ok, i know i'm a guy, but this book is a real 'wet eye' experience. tam saviano goes to great lengths to unload a very heavy burden. please read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    It took a very brave and courageous woman to expose herself so openly in this memoir about the ups and downs of life in a dysfunctional family. I am glad that Tamara Saviano has risen above the horrors of her family life to become the successful woman that she is today.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Susan Obryan

    The healing power of music, forgiveness and inner understanding takes on new depth in Saviano's memoir. Readers should be warned, though, to have tissues at hand. If they aren't touched by this story, they indeed are stone-hearted with no sense of soul. ARC provided by NetGalley The healing power of music, forgiveness and inner understanding takes on new depth in Saviano's memoir. Readers should be warned, though, to have tissues at hand. If they aren't touched by this story, they indeed are stone-hearted with no sense of soul. ARC provided by NetGalley

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    I loved this book. It is a true story (life as it REALLY happens) and Tamara Saviano kept me spell bound from start to finish. I heartily recommend it!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sehar

    Only read this book if you want to be inspired....if you want to know what resilience looks like.. A story of a daughter and a father !

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amy K

    This was wonderful. I listened to the audio version.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    I loved this story. Tamara Saviano is a strong and brilliant woman. I am proud to know her and call her my friend. I enjoyed learning about her early life, which made me admire her even more.

  30. 5 out of 5

    JimmyUmstattd

    me always thought without gettin killed or caught was all about the Jerry Jeff tune about the LA Freeway

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