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An unforgettable, harrowing yet hilarious story about growing up in the midst of chaos by award-winning songwriter Aimee Mayo. Aimee Mayo grew up in deep Alabama, rocked by the blow of a drunk man's fist before she even made it out of the womb. Her colorful and charismatic father went from a gambling janitor to a multi-millionaire, but died homeless. Her mother was wonderf An unforgettable, harrowing yet hilarious story about growing up in the midst of chaos by award-winning songwriter Aimee Mayo. Aimee Mayo grew up in deep Alabama, rocked by the blow of a drunk man's fist before she even made it out of the womb. Her colorful and charismatic father went from a gambling janitor to a multi-millionaire, but died homeless. Her mother was wonderful when she wasn't popping pain pills like M&M's and her stepdad made a weird science out of psychological abuse. Throughout her teens, Aimee survived by writing compulsively in diaries, dreaming of becoming a songwriter and finding her soulmate. After accidentally burning down her house—just one in a series of disasters—at twenty years old she found herself lost with no path to the life she had always longed for. She tried to kill herself and almost succeeded. Finally, Aimee made it to Nashville. She started out a waitress, married to a wife-beating country singer, but never lost sight of her dreams. Talking to the Sky is her unforgettable memoir, the harrowing and hilarious story of believing in faith over fear and going after your dreams when everything is going against you.


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An unforgettable, harrowing yet hilarious story about growing up in the midst of chaos by award-winning songwriter Aimee Mayo. Aimee Mayo grew up in deep Alabama, rocked by the blow of a drunk man's fist before she even made it out of the womb. Her colorful and charismatic father went from a gambling janitor to a multi-millionaire, but died homeless. Her mother was wonderf An unforgettable, harrowing yet hilarious story about growing up in the midst of chaos by award-winning songwriter Aimee Mayo. Aimee Mayo grew up in deep Alabama, rocked by the blow of a drunk man's fist before she even made it out of the womb. Her colorful and charismatic father went from a gambling janitor to a multi-millionaire, but died homeless. Her mother was wonderful when she wasn't popping pain pills like M&M's and her stepdad made a weird science out of psychological abuse. Throughout her teens, Aimee survived by writing compulsively in diaries, dreaming of becoming a songwriter and finding her soulmate. After accidentally burning down her house—just one in a series of disasters—at twenty years old she found herself lost with no path to the life she had always longed for. She tried to kill herself and almost succeeded. Finally, Aimee made it to Nashville. She started out a waitress, married to a wife-beating country singer, but never lost sight of her dreams. Talking to the Sky is her unforgettable memoir, the harrowing and hilarious story of believing in faith over fear and going after your dreams when everything is going against you.

30 review for Talking to the Sky: A Memoir of Living My Best Life in A Sh!t Show

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paizlee

    I highlighted many places where her writing simply slayed me and half the book is neon yellow. Incredibly told incredible story! Aimee’s voice on the page is fierce and, entertaining not many authors have the ability to write about their own hardships with the frankness and vulnerability that she does. This is the best memoir I've read since The Glass Castle. I highlighted many places where her writing simply slayed me and half the book is neon yellow. Incredibly told incredible story! Aimee’s voice on the page is fierce and, entertaining not many authors have the ability to write about their own hardships with the frankness and vulnerability that she does. This is the best memoir I've read since The Glass Castle.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amy Lowery

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Easy read and light hearted yet deeply emotional book. I really enjoyed living through Aimee’s life with her. You left me with one question though...when you went to find someone to open the hotel door and then came back to find the light on and sign on the door, how did that happen? A hotel employee went into the room at the same time you went to look for a key?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This book is one of the best written books I've read. Aimee's story was so visual just like her songs. One of my favorite chapters is the one about Rick Springfield. I can see the outfit she was wearing in my head. I actually read the book in 2 days and for someone who has a hard time finishing a book this one I couldn't put down. I laughed and I cried. As an aspiring songwriter it was a great book about not giving up. It's a must read! This book is one of the best written books I've read. Aimee's story was so visual just like her songs. One of my favorite chapters is the one about Rick Springfield. I can see the outfit she was wearing in my head. I actually read the book in 2 days and for someone who has a hard time finishing a book this one I couldn't put down. I laughed and I cried. As an aspiring songwriter it was a great book about not giving up. It's a must read!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lorrie Patterson

    Best book I’ve read all year! What a story! I am one of the slowest readers around & I finished this book so fast because I just couldn’t wait to see what happened next. It reads just like a movie. I can’t believe this was the writer’s real life and that she is able to tell it with such vivid description. Laugh out loud kind of book (as well as heartbreaking at times). My husband had to read it right after me because he saw how much I was enjoying it. I loved watching him read it too. He would s Best book I’ve read all year! What a story! I am one of the slowest readers around & I finished this book so fast because I just couldn’t wait to see what happened next. It reads just like a movie. I can’t believe this was the writer’s real life and that she is able to tell it with such vivid description. Laugh out loud kind of book (as well as heartbreaking at times). My husband had to read it right after me because he saw how much I was enjoying it. I loved watching him read it too. He would stop and have to read what he just read to me —something funny or outrageous.... we both loved it so much. I have continued to think about certain parts of the book and think I’ll have to read it again (as soon as my mother returns it!).

  5. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I would give it 3.5 stars. Crazy parents do make for interesting memoirs. Aimee Mayo had a rough life in her younger years. Her strength and belief in her dreams got her through. Even with all the terrible things that happened to her, the book is actually pretty funny. She was a child of the 80s just like me. If I hadn’t lived through it myself, I would have said she was trying too hard with all the 80s references. I would say she either has an excellent memory or kept an extensive diary because I would give it 3.5 stars. Crazy parents do make for interesting memoirs. Aimee Mayo had a rough life in her younger years. Her strength and belief in her dreams got her through. Even with all the terrible things that happened to her, the book is actually pretty funny. She was a child of the 80s just like me. If I hadn’t lived through it myself, I would have said she was trying too hard with all the 80s references. I would say she either has an excellent memory or kept an extensive diary because of all the minute details she includes.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy Delaquila

    FABULOUS BOOK!!! A must read for so many reasons! I love Nashville and Songwriters , but all the family drama alot we all can share with Aimee but she is such a survivor! I am so proud of her journey and many victories . Her compassion and love for everyone is enlightening. Loved hearing her on her husband Chris's podcast "Pitch List", which is amazing g as well. Thank you, Aimee FABULOUS BOOK!!! A must read for so many reasons! I love Nashville and Songwriters , but all the family drama alot we all can share with Aimee but she is such a survivor! I am so proud of her journey and many victories . Her compassion and love for everyone is enlightening. Loved hearing her on her husband Chris's podcast "Pitch List", which is amazing g as well. Thank you, Aimee

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Davidson

    I recommend this book to everyone I meet! Whether you’re an avid reader or not, this book is one you will not want to put down. It takes you on a journey of emotions: heartbreak, excitement, and hope. Aimee’s story is so inspiring and I know this book will help many dreamers in this world get the courage to chase after their dreams!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Verges

    This memoir is the epitome of a page-turner. Hilarious and heartbreaking and original in the best way. You can never guess what’s coming next and that is the beauty of it. Such a engaging read. I loved it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Hailey

    THIS BOOK!!! I’m no reader but I would pick up this book and read it again and again. Talking To the Sky is an emotional roller coaster that will break you to pieces. Aimee’s life is an incredible tragedy that’s beyond inspirational. I recommend this book to anyone and EVERYONE.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christopher C

    This book is destined to be a classic. I see why Jeannette Walls ( The Glass Castle ) and Augustan Burroughs (Running with Scissors) recommended it so highly. If those books had a crazy little sister it would be this book. Bravo!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carol Carlson

    An incredible true story of Aimee who survived all sorts of pain. The truthfulness and her easy way with words made this a quick read. I ached for her and rooted for her along the way. I enjoyed the Nashville descriptions. Highly recommended.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

    I loved reading this book. Aimee’s brilliance as a storyteller shines through and proves that her talents are not limited to writing hit songs.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Esin Coskun

    Aimee is so honest and hilarious. The book reads as if its fiction. I finished it in one day, I couldn't put it down! I was rooting for her the entire time. MUST READ!! Aimee is so honest and hilarious. The book reads as if its fiction. I finished it in one day, I couldn't put it down! I was rooting for her the entire time. MUST READ!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sully Cook

    Captivating read that kept me engaged throughout. Among the top memoirs I’ve read!! I will be recommending this

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. I don’t read a lot of memoirs, but this one was really, really good. It’s the kind of book you know is gonna stick with you.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    great book!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nan R

    I love this story!!! It will leave you smiling with tears in your eyes. I didn’t want the book to end. I bet it will be a movie like all the other famous memoirs.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Reesie M

    I hope this book is a movie!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tasha Green

    I loved this book! I laughed, I cried and enjoyed every bit of the ride. It’s an easy read and will pull you in from the get go. Aimee will steal your heart. Great debut!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Lagrandeur

    You can’t put it down when you start it. This should be a movie. I cried when the author said “my greatest gifts have come wrapped in ribbons of pain.” Wow!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Linda L Metcalf Metcalf

    Aimee This was such a heartfelt story. One of the best books I have read in a long time. So happy all worked out for her.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Debra A.

    Hard to Put Down I loved this book from start to finish. I read it in three days, and only because I had things to do that kept me from finishing it in one sitting. You will fall in love with the author.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jan Borst

    Raw and revealing!! Amazed she survived such a crazy childhood and abusive 1st husband!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dianna Taylor

    Great example of someone working so hard to become successful: a real-life dream come true. It gives me hope for others who have the same challenges.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    Awesome This book was one that I could not put down. I am a woman who grew up in a small town about an hour away from Gadsden.

  26. 5 out of 5

    david corley

    Great read. Especially liked Cousin Kelly.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Christmann

    This book was excellent! Beautifully written as it should be from a songwriter. A story of survival, determination, resiliency and success. I highly recommend!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Walter G

    This book was hard to put down. A roller coaster of emotion, great debut from Aimee Mayo!

  29. 5 out of 5

    CherylR

    Intense and raw This book is quite different from most memoirs you will read. It is written as if the author is talking to you. The grammar is poor and the punctuation lacks at time, but it is very real.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Beth S

    The book is funny and heartbreaking at the same time. Being a songwriter, Aimee knows how to tell a compelling story. From trying to commit suicide to having a number one song Aimee’s story is a roller coaster of emotions.

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