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Ashley Judd: Crying on the Inside Paperback – June 1, 2002

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Schirmer Trade Books (June 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825672732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825672736
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,394,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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. I didn't find it very well written. There was a whole raft of editing and other errors, as well. I think Ashley is a force to be reckoned with, and has shown herself to be ambitious (in the best sense) and responsible in its fullest sense. I rated this as okay because it did reinforce what I have observed, and gave me more besides. Still, if i had borrowed it from a library, or sat and started reading it in a store, I would not have finished it and I certainly would not have bought it. I think this subject deserves better.
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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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Very well written, The writer seems respecting Ashley Judd a lot and he is writing about her as a friend would do...he point out when necessary her best, her worse...but always with respect. As anyway it is only a question of point of view after all.....
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.
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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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