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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Schirmer Trade Books (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825672732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825672736
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,265,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James L. Dickerson is an award-winning writer, mental health professional, and author of the music histories "Mojo Triangle" and "Memphis Going Down." As a biographer he has authored books on Nicole Kidman, Faith Hill, jazz legend Lil Hardin Armstrong, and Elvis Presley’s first guitarist and manager, Scotty Moore. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A native of Mississippi, James L. Dickerson is the author of over 30 books, and over 2,000 magazine and newspaper articles; he has worked as a magazine editor and publisher, newspaper editor, reporter, columnist, book critic, and social worker. He is the publisher of Sartoris Literary Group, the fastest growing online book publisher in the South.
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.

Customer Reviews

Ashley Judd is truly amazing.
rose tyler
The Kindle edition is filled with poor formatting and numerous spelling errors to the point that it does interfere with reading the book.
Reader4Life
I can not understand this writing, It is almost like someone decided to write a book, from a dream or a nightmare.
gimeabrak

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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
When you see a book written by James Dickerson, you'd better roll up your sleeves . The veteran reporter/author leaves no stone unturned when he takes on a subject and he's picked a great one to follow his book about Natalie Portman.
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.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By SandyWells on February 26, 2003
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Gosh, about half way through the book I began to really bond with this woman as a character and totally look at her mother and sister in a new way. Lovely, beautiful woman with sensitive, brilliant heart.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Reader4Life on January 22, 2012
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I was fortunate to be able to download this as a FREE Kindle book. I would never, ever recommend that someone pay for this book. While the author relied heavily on printed interviews, there was snarky commentary that did not add to an overall understanding of Ms. Judd or her family life. The Kindle edition is filled with poor formatting and numerous spelling errors to the point that it does interfere with reading the book. Perhaps the print edition is better...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nurse Maria on October 14, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Ashley Judd is a national treasure. I don't understand why a minority of reviewers on this page seem intent on attacking her. Perhaps they simply do not understand the difference between a biography and a memoir. The purpose of a biography is to explain behavior, and this one does a beautiful job.

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).
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "greenangeleyes" on November 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
From the moment I began to read the story of Ashley Judd -
"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
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By reader123 on October 11, 2012
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This was a terrible book....don't waste your time!! It jumps all over the place between the sisters and mother, back and forth in time and isn't informative at all. I could have saved a lot of time by reading a magazine article and would have learned just as much.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Lyons on February 7, 2012
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Admittedly, I have not read any books published by any of the Judd's. I picked this book up because in recent years, I have become aware of Ashley Judd's activism and was wanting to learn more about her work in South East Asia.

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.
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