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Singer-songwriter-writers: Autobiographies from Kristin Hersh, Roseanne Cash
Working in bands Throwing Muses and 50FOOTWAVE, Kristin Hersh was already sure to have plenty of war stories. But her "Rat Girl" memoir focuses in on just one year of her teenaged life, in which her rock star rises, she struggles with her oncoming bipolar disorder and finds out she's pregnant. Especially after this week when we found out that she coped with her mental disease through acupuncture, the book promises to deliver some answers and not just questions to her earliest struggles. The work hits shelves on Aug. 31.
Roseanne Cash also delivers an autobiography next month, on Aug. 10. "Composed is the story of an artist finding her voice—both figuratively and literally—in the context of her family legacy, of the commercial imperatives of the music business, and of a desire to preserve some measure of privacy in a life that has been too often subjected to public scrutiny." Phew. It's a stretch that will not only cover her childhood with her famous father Johnny, but brings her up to today, in New York.