I picked up Brandi Carlile's memoir, Broken Horses, out of curiosity more than anything. I have to admit that though I am a fan of Carlile's group, The Highwomen, and her song "The Joke," I am not very familiar with her as an artist. She seemed like an interesting and nice person, and has a killer voice, so I gave her memoir a whirl.
Once I started reading the book, I couldn't put it down. I have to say, Carlile has led quite an interesting life and isn't shy about sharing it. Brandi was born into a musically gifted, poor family on the outskirts of Seattle. Though strange and dysfunctional, her childhood seems to have been just as loving and nurturing. Broken Horses proves Carlile to be smart, interesting, honest, and relatable. She writes in a way that flows and makes the reader feel as though she's telling her life story directly to them over dinner. I learned a great deal about Carlile, her craft, and how her mind works, and left the book with a greater respect for her as a person and an artist. Broken Horses was the first book in a long while that really interested me and engaged me, I found reading it highly enjoyable.
Born and raised in Upstate NY, Liz is a freelance writer. She has written for websites, blogs, and magazines for the last 10 years. She also acts as a proofreader and beta reader for several authors, all the while working on her first book.