My House of Memories: An Autobiography

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In this riveting personal story, award-winning, bestselling country music recording artist Merle Haggard takes you on a tour through his house of memories, offering a fascinating look inside his turbulent yet successful life. Merle reveals the true stories about his birth and troubled upbringing in a converted railroad boxcar. He recalls the loss of his father when he was nine, after which his childhood disobedience transformed into full-blown delinquency that eventually landed him behind the cold walls of San ...

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Overview

In this riveting personal story, award-winning, bestselling country music recording artist Merle Haggard takes you on a tour through his house of memories, offering a fascinating look inside his turbulent yet successful life. Merle reveals the true stories about his birth and troubled upbringing in a converted railroad boxcar. He recalls the loss of his father when he was nine, after which his childhood disobedience transformed into full-blown delinquency that eventually landed him behind the cold walls of San Quentin. He gives tribute to his mother and relives the painful memory of her death. He shares the lessons he learned from a life shaped by violence, gambling, and drugs, never shying away from the fact that he continues to pay for decades of reckless living. And he talks about the music he loves—how, ultimately, it has defined the man he is.

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Editorial Reviews

Alan Jackson
Merle is an American original classic legend. He’s every singer-songwriter’s hero. He’s a great singer. I asked George Jones who his favorite singer was, and he said Merle Haggard. God really blessed ol’ Merle. He’s the real deal!
Emmylou Harris
When I started to have to deal with all those things that have to do with real life, that’s when Merle’s music started to make sense to me.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062023216
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Pages: 259
  • Sales rank: 208,760
  • Product dimensions: 9.14 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Merle Haggard is the author of Sing Me Back Home. He has recorded forty-one number one hits.

Tom Carter is a Nashville journalist who has collaborated on autobiographies of major country superstars, including Glen Campbell, Ralph Emery, Reba McEntire, and George Jones.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2000

    Cannot Hold a Candle To Merle's First Book

    'Sing Me Back Home' is the ultimate Merle Haggard biography. It is not punctuated with all of the profanity and vulgarity of this book. It also reveals much more than this book does--Merle chooses to be secretive about names of people who played major roles in his life. Yet, if you read his first book, he states the people's names. This book was not nearly as interesting as the first, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. 'Sing Me Back Home' is out-of-print, I believe, but if you can get your hands on a copy of that, you'll love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2000

    The Record Regurgitated

    This book lifts almost verbatim the stories from Merle's first autobiography, 'Sing Me Back Home: My Life' with Peggy Russell. Very little was done to update the previous work. I am giving it two stars simply because it is about one of the greatest country legends of our time. Merle has lived life and definitely has some interesting tales. Unfortunately, it is the telling that is found lacking.

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