Blood: A Memoir

Blood: A Memoir Review

The Grammy- and Academy Award- nominated singer-songwriter's haunting, lyrical memoir, sharing the story of an unthinkable act of violence and ultimate healing through art
Mobile, Alabama, 1986. A fourteen-year-old girl is awakened by the unmistakable sound of gunfire. On the front lawn, her father has shot and killed her mother before turning the gun on himself. Allison Moorer would grow up to be an award-winning musician, with her songs likened to "a Southern accent: eight miles an hour, deliberate, and very dangerous to underestimate" (Rolling Stone). But that moment, which forever altered her own life and that of her older sister, Shelby, has never been far from her thoughts. Now, in her journey to understand the unthinkable, to parse the unknowable, Allison uses her lyrical storytelling powers to lay bare the memories and impressions that make a family, and that tear a family apart.

Blood delves into the meaning of inheritance and destiny, shame and trauma -- and how it is possible to carve out a safe place in the world despite it all. With a foreword by Allison's sister, Grammy winner Shelby Lynne, Blood reads like an intimate journal: vivid, haunting, and ultimately life-affirming.

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  • Julie Ehlers

    Allison Moorer's excellent 2000 album The Hardest Part is a song cycle about an on-and-off relationship, and as such it covers the highs and lows, the breaking up and getting back together, the anger ...

  • Dan

    Brutal, and totally absorbing. Allison Moorer is among my favorite singer songwriters, I now understand, perhaps better than I would like, her haunting Dying Breed....

  • Ron S

    Astonishing. While the facts of this heart wrenching story are well known, Moorer's gifts as a writer, in the telling, come as a revelation. Highly recommended. ...

  • Tinichix (nicole)

    There are just some memoirs that you think about long after listening to them or reading them, they are just that impactful. This will be one of those. It is incredibly powerful. This is not an easy, ...

  • Tracie Gutknecht

    Non-fiction/MemoirAllison Moorer and her sister are fairly well known singer-songwriters. What isn't well known is that their father shot their mother and then shot himself. Blood is Allison's story. ...

  • Elsie

    I probably wasn't in a good place to go through this right now. I listened to the audiobook as I had it on hold from the library and it came available. Plus I'm stuck in my apartment in quarantine. It...

  • Brian Bennett

    My god this is a brutal read - in a good way....

  • Alison

    This was gorgeously written and heart-wrenching beyond all belief. That she was able to put it all into words astounds me a little. This is a work of art and one of the best memoirs I've read....

  • Emily Wilson

    Incredible! Powerful! Sooo raw and hits too close to home! I would love to share hours of talking and coffee with Allison Moorer.....

  • Tonstant Weader

    Blood is a heartbreaking memoir by Allison Moorer, the country musician. I love music and have a few of her albums, but I had no idea about her history. I didn’t know she was Shelby Lynne’s sister...