Book Review: Weeds Like Us

In her new memoir, roots music artist Magness reveals the obstacles she's had to face: how she lost both parents to suicide as a child and was subsequently placed in a dozen foster homes, how her childhood also traversed violence, bullying, incest, addiction and alcholism, rape and clinical depression. Encouraged by her final foster mother and moved by a galvanizing performance by legendary bluesman Otis Rush, Magness found stability and salavation—and, ultimately, triumph—in music.

By Janica Magness

(paperback) $19.99