Get To The Heart: My Story

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To her millions of fans around the world she is beautiful, blond, and talented. A multifaceted performer whose music strikes a chord of truth. A loving wife and mother whose traditional values and tremendous faith touch the heart. But in September 1984 fate placed Barbara Mandrell and two of her children on a Tennessee highway, where a car crossed two lanes of traffic to hit her car head-on...and Barbara Mandrell and her story book life were changed forever.

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Overview

To her millions of fans around the world she is beautiful, blond, and talented. A multifaceted performer whose music strikes a chord of truth. A loving wife and mother whose traditional values and tremendous faith touch the heart. But in September 1984 fate placed Barbara Mandrell and two of her children on a Tennessee highway, where a car crossed two lanes of traffic to hit her car head-on...and Barbara Mandrell and her story book life were changed forever.

Here, for the first time, the spirited star who made her professional debut at age eleven who performed with country legends such as Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash, and who was chosen Entertainer of the Year two years running, shares her memories of the accident and her long, painful journey back. This is a chronicle of her remarkable rise to fame, a tribute to the extraordinary family who protected and sustained her. But most of all this is Barbara's own triumphant story of hard-won survival.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Country music star Mandrell, a performer since age 11, here tells of the family support that has accompanied her throughout her career and during the recent vicissitudes of her life. That support is significant in the comeback she describes in the aftermath of an automobile accident in 1984 which killed the driver of the other car and left Mandrell seriously hurt and depressed. With the assistance of Vecsey, coauthor with Loretta Lynn of Coal Miner's Daughter , she recounts her recovery, paying tribute to her parents, husband, other family members and to her Christian upbringing, interweaving her history as a performer from humble origins in a musical family. The narrative style complements the Nashville star's image as ``Miss Goody Two Shoes.'' Photos not seen by PW. (Oct.)
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In the folksy style favored by country music stars and their devoted fans, Mandrell invites us in the front door of her life for a 400-page heart-to-heart. A professional musician playing Las Vegas at 10, touring with Johnny Cash, George Jones, and Patsy Cline at 13, Mandrell cut her first record, got married, and entertained troops in Vietnam while still a teenager. In 1984, at the zenith of her career, she and her two oldest children were in an automobile accident that resulted in the death of the other driver and significant injuries to Mandrell. Alternating chapters juxtapose a standard autobiography with events preceding and following the accident; the two are distinct yet often dovetail. Throughout, Mandrell freely dispenses her opinions on everything from abortion to the appropriate length of men's hair. Recommended for public libraries. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/90.-- Barry Miller, Austin P.L., Tex.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553292435
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1991
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 446
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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