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Nashville Wives: Country Music's Celebrity Wives Reveal the Truth about Their Husbands and Marriages Mass Market Paperback – December, 1999

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From Publishers Weekly

Carter, who has co-written several autobiographies of country musicians (e.g., Rhinestone Cowboy), collaborated with Nancy Jones, wife of singer George Jones for the last 15 years, in this collection of 16 short memoirs by women who've married country music stars. Based on tape recorded interviews conducted by Jones or Carter, these pieces chart the turmoil of marriage as played out in the glare of billboard-topping success. Although a gossipy tone prevails and the writing oozes mawkish sentimentality?"nobody had more problems. But love prevailed, and the marriage survived. And it will survive forever," says Janine (Ronnie) Dunn?fans will delight in the details of the courtships and conflicts that many of these couples have overcome. Several, including Rozene (Charley) Pride, Sharon (Johnny) Paycheck and Jones herself, describe their husbands' drug and alcohol abuse. Others, such as Denise (Alan) Jackson, express bruised feelings arising from recurrent rumors of infidelity that spring up when their husbands are on the road. In contrast, Kim (Glen) Campbell and Gregg (Jeff) Foxworthy describe marriages that are substance-free and rooted in their family's strong religious faith. B&w photos. Agent, Dean Williamson. Author tour.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Jones, who worked with Carter on her husband's autobiography (I Lived To Tell It All, LJ 4/1/96), knows what it means to be the wife of a country music star. As a country music journalist, Carter associates with many of the top male performers and regularly meets fans who want to know about their wives. Of all the books on country music, this is the first to focus mainly on the wives of the stars. Jones and Carter provide candid profiles of the wives of Garth Brooks, Kenny Rogers, Alan Jackson, and Charley Ward, among others, with an interesting twist at the end in a profile of Wynonna Judd: a star, a Nashville wife, and a mother. This book will satisfy the curiosity of avid fans and should be purchased where there is demand.?Kathleen Sparkman, Baylor Univ., Waco, TX
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperEntertainment; Reprint edition (December 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061030066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061030062
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,771,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I found this book very interesting. The book allowed us to see these couples how they really are and how they feel. They their publicist want you to see them (in some cases) and the way these people truly are can be two different things. Thank you Nancy and Tom for a terrific book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill Mack on December 26, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Nancy Jones and Tom Carter were my radio guests recently while in town to talk about "Nashville Wives". Tom has been on my show before to chat about his various other books ... all works-of-art. He would make a tremendous television/radio "tell-it-like-it-is" host while utilizing his great entertainment knowledge and broadcast-level voice (A tip to the Nashville Network.) Nancy Jones ... and her husband, George ... have been my close friends for years. The book on George, the greatest country singer in the business, by Tom Carter was a gem. Now, the Mrs. George Jones keeps the winning points in the family by revealing an in-depth study of several ladies in the country music arena who know, first-hand, what goes on "behind closed doors"; some happiness, lots of sadness. And she did it with the help and approval of those discussed in the book ... over 250 pages of "can't put it down" facts that are never dull and will certainly bring on another set of show biz wives in a follow-up printing. -Bill Mack (Grammy-winning songwriter of LeAnn Rimes', "BLUE"; Radio's "Midnight Cowboy", heard nightly on the "Bill Mack Trucking Network", and host on "Country Crossroads", syndicated nationally each week on radio & television. He is also an entertainment columnist and member of the Country Music Disc-Jockey Hall-Of-Fame in Nashville.)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed this book, but the only thing I would change about it is the amount of the older, traditional country stars written about. I'd like to have seen the whole book be about the older singers, not as many of the newer ones. However, I know that today, the "young" and "cute" artists sell, even if they have no talent whatsoever. If the book was strictly about the "old-timers", it wouldn't appeal to as many people, I suppose.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sunshinegal on November 11, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was pretty much what I expected, light, gossipy reading for a lazy day. I have to admit I was shocked by the interview with Glen Campbell's wife, Kim. How can a woman demean her husband so much? I actually reread the chapter trying to find one positive thing that did not involve her her self righteous saving of Glen Campbell. She never mentioned his outstanding talent and successes, his love for his children and family or the "millionaire" lifestyle he has given her (which she actually states was her goal as a young girl in NYC!). She simply comes off as a hateful, money hungry woman. Why stay with such a man as she describes, have his 3 children if he was really so bad? Recently, she smiles and says the most nasty things about him in internet & television interviews, as he sits there suffering from alzheimer disease. So very sad and abusive of her. I know his fans love him and their hearts go out to him. He is probably the most outstanding musician of our time, can sing a song to warm anyone's heart and play the guitar like no one else. I have met him a few times at concerts and he was most gracious and pleasant.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I was sorely disappointed in reading this book. Instead of finding interesting stories which were well written, I found myself reading a book which seems like it had been written by a child in grade school. The silliness, and just the simplicity of its text makes the reader feel like an incompetent individual. Not to mention that these wives come off sounding like a bunch of ding-bats, for which I am sure they are not. I am wondering if after seeing the book in print, the wives are as sorry for participating in this book, as I am for actually taking the time to read it.
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