Diamond in the Rough

Diamond in the Rough

by Shawn Colvin
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Diamond in the Rough: A Memoir 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book; frank and honest about her loves, her addictions and depression.  I especially liked how she gave the background and processes of many of her songs.I did not find, like others commented, that she went on and on about her past loves..no name dropping or scandal, just an honest telling of the story of a very talented and quirky singer/songwriter.
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inkyMM More than 1 year ago
This book sent my daughter and I on a trip down memory lane. We lived in Carbondale at the same time as Shawn and she and my four children attended school with Shawn at Lincoln Jr. High and Carbondale Community High. We readily recognized the "meanest" teacher and the "man who roamed the halls wacking a paddle". He viciously used that paddle on our son leaving bruising on his behind and scars on his soul. I was attending SIU at that time, majoring in Psychology as was her father. Her experiences at both schools mirror the experiences of my children and I feel a great connectedness with her parents. So glad that she fulfilled her dream. Our son, Robin, also dreamed of becoming a great artist. This book gives me comfort as Robin died before fulfilling his dream. I highly recommend this book to anyone who grew up in the l960's 1970's and to parents of those children. inkyMM
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I too have loved Shawn Colvin from the first time I heard 'Steady On'. I really loved this book. The insights into the genesis of all the lyrics and music that I've know by heart for years now was interesting reading. I loved the subtle humor that she uses to belie some of the experiences and situations she has gone through. Much of the book just feels right, like a conversation between Shawn and the reader. That said, I'm not sure I would recommend this book to anyone who is not already a Shawn lover. So many of her lyrics and songs were swirling through my head as I read. I'm not sure that someone without many years of listening to her music would get as much out of reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved Shawn Colvin every since her first album. This is a very well written book and hard to put down once you start. Shawn has a way of writing that really makes you understand what she has been through without looking for sympathy, but giving insight and helping others understand what depression can do and how you can learn to control it.