July 2010 Indie Next List
“Composed is a very personal account of Cash's musical career, her role as a mother, daughter and wife, and her battle with cancer and brain surgery. She eloquently foregrounds her musical career journey as she tenderly evokes the losses of those closest to her and reflects on the moments when she truly connected--as a daughter--to her iconic parents. Rosanne Cash is a theatrical triple threat: a lyrical singer; a choreographer of words; and a skilled thespian who relies on tears or wit at just the right moment.”
— Sarah Bagby, Watermark Books, Wichita, KS
"One of the best accounts of an American life you'll likely ever read." -Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune
As moving, disarming, and elusive as one of her classic songs, Composed is Rosanne Cash's testament to the power of art, tradition, and love to transform a life. For more than three decades she has been one of the most compelling figures in popular music, having moved gracefully from Nashville stardom to critical recognition as a singer-songwriter and author of essays and short stories. Her remarkable body of work has often been noted for its emotional acuity, its rich and resonant imagery, and its unsparing honesty. Those qualities have enabled her to establish a unique intimacy with her audiences, and it is those qualities that inform her long-awaited memoir.
About the Author
Rosanne Cash is a Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter who has released ten record albums over the post twenty years, which have charted eleven number-one singles and earned numerous accolades for songwriting and performance. Her first book, Bodies of Water, was published in 1995 to widespread critical acclaim. Her essays and fiction have appeared in The New York Times, The Oxford-American, and various other periodicals and collections. She also teaches a songwriting workshop. Penelope Jane: A Fairy's Tale is her first book for children. Ms. Cash lives in New York City with her husband, John Leventhal, and her children.