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Ashley Judd: Crying on the Inside Paperback – June 1, 2002
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More About the Author
Dickerson's book, Mojo Triangle, was the winner of a 2006 IPPY award (Independent Publisher Book Awards) in the non-fiction category. Two other books, Goin' Back to Memphis and That's Alright, Elvis, were finalists for the Gleason Award. Reprint rights to Dickerson's books have been sold to publishers in Australia and China, where two of his books have been translated into Chinese.
Top Customer Reviews
Here he checks out Ashley Judd from all angles and perspectives and does so in a fair, thorough and neat manner. It's also a flowing, enjoyable read thanks to his writing skills as he manages to weave Ashley's biography, her life and times, in and around her famous mother and sister -- Wynonna and Naomi Judd.
Dickerson likes battlers and he's got one here. Despite the success of her mom and sister, Ashley's life has not been an easy one by any means and we're swept into the passions and obstacles that helped give us this remarkable actress. We're left with the impression that Ashley Judd is just now starting to come into her own. Even though she's well-established as an actress her best work my be yet to come.
Photos enhance this book which is beautifully packaged and the cover draws you into her life. Her fans, new and old, will not want to miss this one and neither will the fans of the Judds.
This book traces Ashley's life from birth to her appearance at the 2012 Democratic Convention, and it does so with a depth that you will never find in magazine articles (something Ashley avoids doing in her own memoir).
Basically, this biography, like any good biography, is a character study that puts together those pieces of a person's life that they cannot see for themselves. You may read this book and walk away feeling that Ashley is an emotional wreck, or you may read it and conclude that she is a fighter who has had to struggle her entire life for emotional stability, with most of her problems caused by the super egos of her mother and sister.
My favorite part is the chapter on her first starring movie, "Ruby in Paradise." The author literally walks the reader through the creation of that film, with special insights by the director. That chapter is all you need to know about Ashley the actress. It is a shame that she is considering walking away from her film career (this book addresses that as well).
"Crying on the Inside", I knew that James L. Dickerson had risen the ladder of greatness in the world of publishing.
Like many of Ashley's fans, I knew of her famous family ties with her mother Naomi and her sister Wynonna, as the award winning country duo "The Judds".
Ashley's story of isolation and abandonment, in both her personal and professional life, is revealed in stark reality to a public relations, glossy magazine article.
James has most effectively written about the struggle and iron-clad determination that Ashley has imbedded in her soul and psyche. She is a true perfectionist, down to the last detail.
This is not simply a story being told for print. Page by page it peels through the layers of an outstanding actress and individual, to reveal the pearl within the hard shell. Priceless and demanded!
James, I'm honoured that you asked me to review this for you. I can't wait for the next one:) Thank you! Diana
Although did Ashley Judd confirmed all the info detailed in this book?
I don't know. What do you think....as there is a lot of facts which went public but some other have never gone public before this book so we have no confirmation really if true or not.
This book surprised me. It did not seem professional. It relied heavily on pre-published material, and then the author would add snark or a shot to make the material seem knew. Ie: 10 bucks counted a lot when you're about to get shoved off to boarding school!
The author emphasises how close and loving a relationship Wynonna and Ashley have throughout the book, but at the end confuses readers by mentioning they now have a healthy relationship. The book ends right as Ashley is given the part in Ya Ya Sisterhood.
The author mentions that Ashley's life changed at the time he published this book (and she reads everything printed about her so of course this book caused great self reflection), and then later on discusses 2011. So it has been updated. But only vaguely, and in no great detail.
He refers to her sexual assault at the end of the book, but I don't know if he referred to it at the start of the book when Ashley was a child.
I probably would not recommend this book to friends.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I hope All That Is Bitter and Sweet is a better read. This book more addresses her movie and television career than I cared to read about. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Barb
Handling, delivery was great. Movie is a little dark and slow, but good overall.Published 17 months ago by llh5792
I expected a lot more from this book. It shows Ashley on the cover, but spends almost as much space on the entire Cimino-Judd clan and their foibles. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Melinna C.
Wonderful story well written and heartfelt. Ashley Judd is truly amazing.Published 19 months ago by rose tyler
Found this to be very enlightening. Anyone who has followed the Judd's has noticed that Ashley was seldom seen. This explains a lot. Worth the read it you're a fan of hers.Published 19 months ago by D. Carter
I would recommend this book. It gives you Ashley's thoughts and opinions. It lets you see she's human like the rest of us.Published 19 months ago by Linda H.