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Tammy Wynette: A Daughter Recalls her Mother's Tragic Life and Death Hardcover – May 8, 2000

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (May 8, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399145982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399145988
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Country singer Tammy Wynette died in 1998 after a lifetime of medical problems and an addiction to painkillers. Now Daly, Wynette's second-oldest daughter, has written an account of the singer's troubled life from the perspective of a young woman who helplessly watched her mother fall apart. The memoir begins with the confusing, surreal days following Wynette's death. Daly then backs up, giving voice to the resentment she felt growing up, overlooked by a busy, famous mother who had little time for child rearing. Daly pays scant attention to Wynette's relationship to Nashville's country music establishment and scoots over the singer's rise to fame, choosing instead to focus on the personal problems that plagued Wynette's life and eventually ended it. An over-romantic dependence on men led Wynette to a string of loveless marriages and an increasing lack of control over her career. Recurring abdominal problems, compounded by multiple operations and a demanding performance schedule, left her dependent on feeding tubes and catheters. Most debilitating was her addiction to prescription painkillers (such as the opiate Demerol) that persisted despite several attempts at treatment and intervention. Daly, a loyal daughter, holds her mother's doctor and last husband responsible for not stemming her descent. This book captures the complicated relationship of a daughter to a mother who needed more parenting and guidance than her children did. Unfortunately, the writing is weak, and the tone of desperation that closes the book makes it feel more like a tabloid interview than a memoir. Photos not seen by PW. (May)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Daly decided to write this touching biography while her mother was still alive and, with her mother's blessing, to pick up where Wynette left off in her autobiography, Stand by Your Man (S.&S., 1979. o.p.). To Daly, her mother was a down-to-earth, fun-loving woman who unwound by cooking for her family and friends and shopping with her children. Of course, she had heard stories about various events in Wynette's lifeDa failed stint at the Betty Ford Center, bankruptcyDbut had not witnessed much of it. Her intention was to clarify those events while getting to know her mother better. With her mother's death in 1998 at 55, the focus of Daly's book changed somewhat. Although Wynette was in poor health, her sudden death was still a shock, and its mysterious circumstances compelled Daly to seek the truth and protect her mother's legacy. A wrongful death suit is now pending. Libraries with Wynette's autobiography will want to acquire Daly's book, as fans will be requesting it. Recommended for country music collections and public libraries.
-DKathleen Sparkman, Baylor Univ., Waco, TX
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Customer Reviews

Unable to put it down once I started reading it.
Gaylene Lamb
That disrespect for women is the real story of Tammy Wynette, and I urge readers to buy the book just to see it in action.
Osher Doctorow, Ph.D.
I would like someone to ask her some "questions".

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cferen on August 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Wynette's death will always be shrouded in mystery. She was gone long before she should have been (a lot of it brought on by herself but most of it brought on by her dependence on others who thought they knew best, namely George Richey (the fortune hunter who used Tammy's name for exploitation and furthering his own selfish purposes. And her doctor who kept filling her up with "drugs" until her body shut down because she couldn't take any more!) Jackie Daly takes us through the painful memories of the sad day of her mother's death, shrouded in mystery (WHY DID THEY WAIT SO LONG TO CALL THE CORONERS TO PICK UP THE BODY??? WHY DID THIS PARTICULAR DOCTOR HAVE TO FLY IN FROM WEST VIRGINIA OR PENNSYLVANIA OR NEW JERSEY OR WHEREVER HE WAS FROM TO CONFIRM THE DEATH??? WHY DID GEORGE RICHEY, NOT LONG AFTER TAMMY DIED BEGIN DATING A DALLAS COWBOY CHEERLEADER?) I give props to Tammy's daughters for standing up for the truth. The only people here who gave one star reviews were probably George Richey advocates who knew his agenda long before Tammy's daughters did. And it was clear..he did have an agenda. We certainly did not need this book to tell us that.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jimbo on March 26, 2002
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After reading all the customer reviews concerning this book(most of them very negative) I decided to purchase this book and form my own opinion. This book is about a daughter who lost her mother in death, a death that obviously came as a surprise to the entire family, including Tammy's husband, George Richey. Understandably, at least to me, her daughter, Jackie, wanted to know exactly what the cause of her mother's death was. Is that so unreasonable? It's my understanding from reading the book that the doctor who diagnosed her cause of death did so over the telephone without ever even examining the body. This was apparently "good enough" for Tammy's husband, but her daughter wanted a more realistic explanation. George Richey refused to help resolve this very troubling situation, having the belief that Tammy's dead and what does it really matter how she died--nothing is going to bring her back. That (understandably) wasn't good enough for Jackie, so she and her sisters had no choice but to sue Mr. Richey in an effort to find the truth as to what the cause of their mother's death really was.
Despite claims by others, I don't view Jackie as a gold digger trying to cash in on the fame of her mother. She has every right to know what happened to her mother and why. If Mr. Richey would have simply cooperated, this book need never have been written. The book is a sad story about a family that has been torn apart by the tragic death of someone they all loved. The fact that Tammy Wynette was a country superstar is the only reason the public is interested in the first place. If this same situation had happened with a non-celeberty family, the same questions would have been asked and the outcome would most likely have been the same. So I say, give Jackie a break. The woman is doing the best she can to try and deal with the death of her beloved mother. Let her grieve in her own way and don't be so judgemental. My heart goes out to her.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mcgivern Owen L on September 8, 2000
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In my opinion, many of the reviews posted for "A Daughter Recalls" are unflattering and unfair to the author. I do not believe she is a little golddigger, self-serving or dishonoring her mom. We have to face 3 basic facts: 1) Regardless of the role George Richey (husband # 5) played -or didn't play- in Tammy's untimely death, all should agree that the circumstances of her demise were very strange and beg certain questions. I feel Jackie is merely trying to air these questions publicly. 2) This is not(!) a true biography. Such a definitive story has yet to be written. "A Daughter Recalls" is much more concerned with Tammy's later years and especially with her phsical problems and various addictions/afflictions. And Tammy's own "Stand By Your Man" deals only with her life until 1979 - in a highly "sanitized" fashion. When the ultimate story does appear, I'll stand in line to buy it. 3) Most importantly, I believe " A Daugher Reacalls" is about a girl who loved her mother-but mom was rarely home. She was always on the go. There was little "quality time". To make matters worse, there was the "little matter" of the 5 marriages to men who took advantage (#s 2-4-5) or were drunks (#3). Good old boy Euple Byrd (#1) seems like the best of the bunch. With mom gone all the time, not always in the best of health-AND saddled with 4 inadequate step-fathers- you would expect Jackie and her sisters (She must be the spokesperson) to be devastated by Tammy's death-all the more so because she died under a cloud of suspicion. Strange that I feel the need to defend the author from reviewers but I hope the 4 sisters find some peace and closure in Tammy's death.Read more ›
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must for all Tammy's fans, friends, and curiosity seekers! It describes much of what went on behind the scenes in Tammy's life. It is so well written that I completed it in 2 days!
Both Daly and Carter wrote the text in such a way that the reader wants to know more about Tammy's story. Whether it's the lost original copy of Tammy's will, the "unusual" way Tammy's "newly-revised beneficiary designation" on her million-dollar life insurance policies were signed, the drug addiction (and the lengths Tammy went to to get a 'fix', the kidnapping, the physical and verbal abuse Tammy suffered, or the abundance of mystery sorrounding her death---including the treatment of Tammy's closest friend's at the private memorial service and the actions (or inactions) of those closest to her---it's all here. And so much more.
It must, however, be left up to the reader to determine fact from fiction. However, I cannot believe that a writer of Tom Carter's stature would put his name on something that is inaccurate or that Jackie Daly would wish to trash her mother's reputation for the sake of money. It does seem strange, however, that Tammy's husband does not address all the damning details of the book regarding his treatment of Tammy, her children, her relatives, her friends, and her career! After all, one is led to believe that he is a control freak that masterminded her demise and controlled her (with the help of narcotics) all for his benefit---as well as personal and financial gain!
Buy this book, read it for yourself and you decide!
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