Narrator: Sara Bareilles
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on October 6, 2015
Length: 3 hrs 52 mins
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Read—and sung—by Sara Bareilles!
With refreshing candor, five-time Grammy nominated singer songwriter Sara Bareilles reads her revealing and down to earth collection of essays on songwriting, soul searching, and what she’s discovered along the way.
Most recently known for her chart-topper “Brave,” Sara first broke through in 2007 with her multi-platinum single “Love Song.” She has released five albums that have sold 2.5 million copies and spawned several hits. More than a privileged view inside the experience of a remarkable musical talent—this is a moving tribute to the universal search for growth, healing, and self-acceptance
I enjoy Sara Bareilles’ songs. I just do. They make me want to sing along, which is why I picked this audio up from the library.
Sara reads this collection of 8 essays and sing pieces of a few of her songs along the way. It’s like talking to an old friend. She’s honest and lets us see parts of her life. She shares her insecurities, her struggles with body image, her struggles as a beginning songwriter. I think listening to the audio was the way to go though, rather than reading it in print. You can tell that she really cares about people and is thrilled when her songs connect to people, inspires people, let people know that they’re not alone. She’s very affirming of others, especially young women. I love how she doesn’t take herself too seriously though. She keeps the tone light throughout and I enjoyed the different tones she uses when she laughs at herself.
It’s a fun memoir. It’s not long and in all reality her life has not been that eventful, but I could relate to parts of her story. She is a talented woman. I wish I could go see Waitress on Broadway when it opens later this year. She wrote the music and lyrics for the show and discusses it in the last essay.
I think if you like her music, you’ll like the book – although I do definitely recommend the audio over print. If you’re not a fan or have no idea who she is, maybe pass this one up.