Brandi Carlile with Tara Westover

We are thrilled beyond words to be helping celebrate the release of beloved singer-songwriter, producer, multiple Grammy Award winner, activist, and all-around good, cherished citizen of this part of the country and the world it is in, Brandi Carlile’s remarkable first book. Broken Horses: A Memoir (Crown) signals a voice and vision as distinct and singular as is her music.

“Carlile has quite a story to tell, and she digs deep into her memories of her formative years in the Pacific Northwest: poverty, evictions, transience, familial struggles with alcoholism and depression, and the meningitis that put her into a coma and accelerated her exit from childhood. Early in her adolescence, she knew she was gay, which brought a host of other challenges … Along with lyrics and snapshots that suggest a scrapbook, the author provides crucial behind-the-scenes insight into her rise to stardom. Especially illuminating are her descriptions of the process of creating such songs as ‘The Story’ and ‘The Joke,’ showing how her personal struggles strengthened her art. The story builds to her Grammy triumphs, her role in the Highwomen supergroup, her co-production of childhood hero Tanya Tucker, and her friendships with Joni Mitchell, Elton John, and the Obamas. With plenty more likely to come, the memoir ends on a high note. An intimate, life-affirming look at a musician whose artistic journey is far from over.” - Kirkus Reviews.

“One of the great memoirs of our time . . . a gift from Brandi’s soul.”—Glennon Doyle.

Joining Brandi Carlile in conversation for what should be a great program is Tara Westover, whose acclaimed memoir, Educated, is its own milestone. 

Each event ticket ($33 plus ticketing fee) includes a copy of Broken Horses (a limited number of signed copies will be available). Books will be mailed out via Media Mail.  (Ticket options will also be available for people who live outside the U.S.)

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Broken Horses: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593237243
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown - April 6th, 2021

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Educated: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399590504
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - February 20th, 2018

Monday, April 12, 2021 - 5:00pm
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