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Chely Wright is an acclaimed singer and songwriter. Her seven albums have sold a million copies. Wright has given concerts around the world and has performed seven times for the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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“It has been twenty-eight days since she last spoke to me. How can she not call or reach out in some way? I have no idea if I’m going crazy or if I’m already there. Is this what it feels like?
 
I’m afraid of the thoughts that I’m having. My only relief is when I’m sleeping . . . When I am able to get rest, I risk dreaming of her. The dreams are happy ones, but then I wake and feel the truth bearing down on me . . .
 
I go upstairs and locate a loaded 9-millimeter handgun. It is heavier than I remember.
 
I say a prayer to God to forgive me and to understand why I can’t go on anymore like this. I beg God to realize that I will never be able to fit into the life that I’ve created, that I will never be accepted.
 
I pick up the gun and put the end of it in my mouth. It’s cold. I hold it steady and get my right thumb on the trigger and prepare to pull it by pushing it outward.
 
I close my eyes . . . thumb still on the trigger.
 
My mind is going a million miles an hour. I think of my family, my dogs, my friends, my fans, the sun, a kiss from Julia, and music.
 
Then I hear a noise.
 
It is the sound of my heart pounding in my head . . .” --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation; Reprint edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423499484
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423499480
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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65 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Kasey Schiedeck on May 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've been a fan of Chely Wright's since I first discovered country music in my teens. Since then she has somewhat fallen out of the spotlight but I was thrilled when I learned she was returning this month with a new album and a memoir.

While it is no surprise that her "coming out" was matched time-wise with the release of her album/book, I am happy to say the book is not a tell all ridiculous concoction of seemingly false or exaggerated encounters with famous and non-famous men and women. It is NOT about her life as a lesbian although this is an important part of her self. It's about much more than that.

The book is quite a read--very intriguing and extremely well written. Wright as a songwriter has a knack for poetic form to tell her story. Hers is one of a small town Kansan who moves to Nashville to follow her dreams. What a refreshing All-American story this is, and a reminder of why this country is so grand. I highly recommend.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By nwask on May 8, 2010
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I have been a fan of Chely Wright since the 90's, I was excited to hear the news that she had a new album coming out. After hearing her very personal and courageous coming out story, I had to read her memoir. I too am a gay woman who has struggled with the fact and that I tried so hard to change but knew I couldn't. This book was so personal and I was able to really relate to many many things Chely wrote about regarding her internal struggle with accepting herself. I read the book in one day, I couldn't put it down. I want my family (especially my mother) to read this book to try and understand more of how I feel about myself and Chely wrote it beautifully. Her story will help many LGBT youth and adults and hopefully their families. Thank you Chely for your strength and courage, good luck with your journey.
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Book Shark on May 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
All the press about Miss Wright's 'coming out' may obscure the fact that she has written an intensely personal and beautiful debut book. Along with her melodic singing voice, she has a beautiful literary voice and tells an all-American tale of dreams, delving and disappointment. She has had an amazing life full of courage and commitment and I applaud her for sharing it with all of us.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By MG on May 10, 2010
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Who would have thought that an unbelievably talented, bright, country girl from Kansas would be harboring such a painful and debilitating secret? That is just the point that Chely Wright is trying to make with her new memoir, "Like Me." Driven to silence and shame by the conservative community that she grew up in, Chely Wright struggled with her homosexuality from childhood on. In this powerful account of her lifelong battle, Chely shows us how stereotypes, intolerance, and ignorance can deplete a person and drive them to take extreme measures to avoid having to face the painful truth.

Chely has mentioned that her coming out may ultimately end her career in country music. I beg to differ; anyone who picks up this book or listens to her new album can have nothing but respect for her work. Country music fans seek honesty and passion in their words and music, and that is exactly what Chely Wright delivers. Chely's honesty is admirable to say the least; her memoir will enlighten those with a more conservative mindset, and will comfort those who are struggling with their own personal battles. Harboring a secret of your own? You will not feel alone after reading this book.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Erik Olson VINE VOICE on December 14, 2010
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Years ago I read Mel White's controversial memoir "Stranger at the Gate" where he attempts to reconcile his homosexuality with his Christian faith. So when I saw Chely Wright's "Like Me: Confessions of a Heartland Country Singer," I wanted to get the female perspective on this issue. Both authors have crafted fascinating insights into their personal and professional struggles as gays in conservative milieus, although I was ultimately confused by their commitment to a religion that disparages them.

Both followed a somewhat similar path to self-realization, feeling homosexual leanings at an early age and struggling to suppress these urges with prayer and by grasping onto romantic relationships with the "appropriate" gender. Mr. White eventually got married; Ms. Wright publicly dated men such as fellow country singer Brad Paisley. In addition, each of them held high places in occupations that demand a conservative lifestyle - he in the ministry, she in the country music industry. After failing in their efforts to change (or craft a double life), they ultimately came out to less-than-sympathetic peers and audiences as gay believers in God while leaving behind angry, hurt, and confused members of the opposite sex (and to be fair, gaining loving support from sympathetic family and friends).

When I read Mr. White's book back in the late 1990s I was a committed evangelical Christian trying to make sense of a hot-button topic in the Church. However, I went through "Like Me" in 2010 as an atheist who left the faith three years ago after finally losing the dubious ability to reconcile Christianity with rationality and personal experience. As for these two authors, somehow they manage to still believe that God exists and cares about them. In Mr.
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