Falling Backwards: A Memoir

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Knopf Canada, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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Jann Arden is funny. And sincere. She has legions of devoted fans. And a radio show. She is a darling of the music scene - always candid, always unplugged. You thought you knew Jann Arden, but there is more - to her readers' delight, in Falling Backwards Jann reveals her childhood, her bond with family, her struggle in the formative years and what keeps her so grounded in the whirlwind entertainment industry. Jann has always been true to herself, except for a minor lapse when she was young. Oh wait, wasn't that all of us?

From the tender and honest to the laugh-out-loud funny, Jann's stories from home and from the road during her pre-celebrity years will take you to unexpected places, including high school parties in farmer's fields, sleepovers under the stars, hard-to-believe summer jobs and the time she was stuck upside down in a brick barbecue. She reminds us of the inestimable value to a child of having teachers who believe in you and wide open spaces to play. But with the good times come the bad (and not just the bad perm). Jann opens up about the darker side of her so-called prairie perfect nuclear family and the first signs that her eldest brother was a uniquely troubled young man. In the days when Jann was experiencing a lot of firsts - first school play, first home perm, first kiss - how lucky for all of us that she stole away to her basement and taught herself her first song on her mother's guitar.

In addition to being an incredible musician and multi-award-winning lyricist, Jann is a natural writer and simply an inspiration. Jann will capture your heart - and keep you in stitches - with her powerful stories about coming of age as an artist and as a human being. Jann brings her wit and that infectious sparkle to everything she does. This book is no exception.


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User Review  - LibraryCin - LibraryThing

3.5 stars Jann Arden is a Canadian singer/songwriter. This is her autobiography, from her childhood up to when she got her first record deal just before she turned 30. I really enjoyed this. Jann had ... Read full review

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User Review  - Debra Komar - Goodreads

Entertaining. I like her and her personality comes through in the text. Its not the best written book ever but the stories are fun and I like celebrities that don't take themselves too seriously or ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
5
Section 3
24
Section 4
38
Section 5
61
Section 6
82
Section 7
101
Section 8
119
Section 11
168
Section 12
183
Section 13
204
Section 14
227
Section 15
237
Section 16
256
Section 17
271
Section 18
272

Section 9
136
Section 10
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About the author (2012)

Since releasing her debut album in 1993, Jann Arden has had seventeen top-ten singles from eight albums including "I Would Die for You," "Could I Be Your Girl" and "Insensitive." Winner of eight Junos and recipient of the National Achievement Award from SOCAN, Arden was also inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and won the International Achievement Award at the 2007 Western Canadian Music Awards. She is the author of If I Knew, Don't You Think I'd Tell You? and I'll Tell You One Damn Thing, and That's All I Know! and the host of the #1-rated radio program Being Jann. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.




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