I almost didn’t read Grammy award winning singer Brandi Carlile’s memoir, thinking it was another celebrity tell-all. But so many people raved about it that I thought I should see for myself. I’m glad I did. Carlile was born to very young parents--her father was also an alcoholic—and lived as a child with poverty, instability, and questions about how to reconcile her Christianity with her sexual identity. Then there’s her singing career, which began when she was a child and evolved through numerous ups and downs as a teenager and young adult. These topics alone could carry the book; Carlile’s charm, candor, and irrepressible curiosity make an already fascinating story even more engaging. By the end, the reader understands how Carlile grew into a famous star without relinquishing her sense of self or the lessons of her humble roots. Bonus: the book includes some of her favorite songs.