Broken Horses | Brandi Carlile | Book Review

Broken Horses is the memoir of Grammy award winning artist Brandi Carlile. I have been a fan of her music for a while and was interested in learning more about the woman behind it. I wanted to learn more about how she wrote her song The Joke and connected with all of the people in her life. Lucky for me that is exactly what this memoir does.

Although I am familiar with Brandi Carlile’s music, I did not know much about her as a person. Her story is very interesting and she tells it in a straight forward manner. You can hear the heart in her words and how the different experiences which she has been through have influenced her music. She comes from a relatively simple background but had her share of conflicts and difficulties growing up. These conflicts continue as she attempts to break into the music industry, discover her sexual identity, and eventual full self identity. This was all interesting to read and learn about and gave me a better understanding of her and her music.

Broken Horses delves into discussions of politics and LGBTQA rights as these are things that are close and important to the heart of the artist. It was also fun to learn about all the artists that she has worked with and how she met each of them and connected with each of them. And I love what she says about Tanya Tucker and how she helped her rebuild her career.

Broken Horses is a beautifully written memoir. There were admittedly a couple of times where I felt that the chapters were too long and wordy but, I still enjoyed them. I also really enjoyed how Brandi Carlile put lyrics at the end of each chapter so that you could see how everything was interconnected. I wish that I had listened to the audiobook because I would have actually heard her sing them as well. Maybe I will have to revisit it at a later time. I would recommend this anyone who enjoys Brandi’s music and wants to know more about her; or anyone that is looking to read a strong independent woman’s story.

All of these lines across my face
Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I’ve been
And how I got to where I am

Rating: 3.5 Stars

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