For the most part, #TBRTrending has been about highlighting books with less than 1,000 ratings on Goodreads or books that don’t get enough attention. However as evidenced by the last one in September, there are some exceptions.
In this case though with the passing of Loretta Lynn, I knew I had to feature a book either about her or written by her. That’s why Me & Patsy Kickin’ Up Dust: My Friendship with Patsy Cline by Loretta Lynn and Patsy Lynn Russell was an easy pick for me.
Whether you’re a country music fan or not, Me & Patsy Kickin’ Up Dust: My Friendship with Patsy Cline is a book for all music lovers and gives you a glimpse at what the world looked like before a lot of us were born.
This week’s #TBRTrending is an ode to Loretta Lynn amidst her recent passing.
While Loretta Lynn has written a few books in her lifetime, I figured it’d only be right to feature a recent release of hers. As you might have guessed by the title, Me & Patsy Kickin’ Up Dust: My Friendship with Patsy Cline tell not only the story of Loretta Lynn’s life but also details her friendship with Patsy Cline.
If you don’t know much about Loretta Lynn, this is a good starting point. The beginning of the book gives us a glimpse into Loretta’s life before fame and before Patsy. She eventually details their meeting and her rise to fame along with their friendship. Honestly, Patsy sounds like the best friend anyone could have had.
In a lot of ways, the book is a love letter to Patsy Cline. It’s clear Loretta Lynn really loved Patsy and Patsy loved her. The stories Loretta shared were at times funny yet heartbreaking as we all know how Patsy Cline’s story ended. Regardless, it makes hearing all of the stories all the sweeter as we never really got to see behind the curtain of such a beloved country artist.
It was especially heartbreaking when the book went into Loretta’s grief amidst both Patsy’s death and eventually, her husband’s. At the very least, we have the silver lining in which we know that now Loretta and Patsy are reunited. Regardless if you’re looking to learn more about two of country music’s most badass ladies, then this book needs to be on your TBR for October.
Personally, I feel like this book is best enjoyed via audiobook. While the ebook or physical book is fine, the book was narrated by Patsy Lynn Russell who does a fabulous job. Considering that both superstars are gone, it’s a nice way to either remember them or learn more about their lives which is something a lot of us tend to do.
Either way, Me & Patsy Kickin’ Up Dust: My Friendship with Patsy Cline felt like having a conversation with an old friend and just hearing their stories about someone they loved and admired. If you have an interest in learning more about Loretta Lynn or just want an enjoyable read on audio, then this book needs to be added to your TBR.
Do you plan on reading Me & Patsy Kickin’ Up Dust: My Friendship with Patsy Cline? Be sure to let us know in the comments.