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Author:
Beth Ditto
ISBN13:
978-0385525916
ISBN:
0385525915
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Publisher:
Spiegel & Grau (October 9, 2012)
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I, Mary Beth Ditto, did not go to school that day. I stayed at home to laze around the house-a house that was normally crawling with way too many kids and a sick aunt, but which was miraculously empty that day, totally peaceful. Just because I played hooky, don’t go getting the idea that I was a bad kid.

Beth Ditto's riveting memoir has plenty of shocks, but not always in the places you'd expect them, writes Kitty Empire. Her deprived Arkansas childhood was a significant part of the coal-to-diamonds myth: times were hard, protein was protein. In her new life, though, she partied with Kate Moss; appeared naked on magazine covers, in a glorious effort to counteract body fascism; and even became an agony aunt for the Guardian, a role that suited her down to the ground.

Coal to Diamonds book. A raw and surprisingly beautiful coming-of-age memoir, Coal to Diamonds tells the story of Mary Beth Ditto, a girl from rural Arkansas who found her voice.

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Coal to Diamonds: A Memoir Co-written with Michelle Tea.

In July 2013, Ditto married her girlfriend and best friend since she was 18, Kristin Ogata, in Maui, Hawaii  . Coal to Diamonds: A Memoir Co-written with Michelle Tea.

Beth was a fat, pro-choice, sexually confused choir nerd with a great voice, an eighties perm, and a Kool Aid dye jo. A raw and surprisingly beautiful coming-of-age memoir, Coal to Diamonds tells the story of Mary Beth Ditto, a girl from rural Arkansas who found her voice

Beth was a fat, pro-choice, sexually confused choir nerd with a great voice, an eighties perm, and a Kool Aid dye job. Her single mother worked overtime, which meant Beth and her five siblings were often left to fend for themselves. Born and raised in Judsonia, Arkansas-a place where indoor plumbing was a luxury, squirrel was a meal, and sex ed was taught during senior year in high school (long after many girls had gotten pregnant and dropped out) Beth Ditto stood out.

Beth Ditto's Coal to Diamonds (Spiegel & Grau) . The biggest revelations from the outspoken Gossip frontwoman's new book. Finally, the fall’s parade of music memoirs features a title from someone who is not an old white rocker

Beth Ditto's Coal to Diamonds (Spiegel & Grau) . Finally, the fall’s parade of music memoirs features a title from someone who is not an old white rocker. Beth Ditto’s Coal to Diamonds (Spiegel & Grau), out October 9, finds the provocative Gossip frontwoman sharing the details of her journey from poverty and a broken home in small town Arkansas to dance-punk stardom. At only 153 pages, the book is a brief read, but it’s got its fill of drama. These are the most revealing parts: Yr Mangled Heart From an early age, Ditto’s family provided some, let’s say, lax supervision.

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A raw and surprisingly beautiful coming-of-age memoir, Coal to Diamonds tells the story of Mary Beth Ditto, a girl from rural Arkansas who found her voice.   Born and raised in Judsonia, Arkansas—a place where indoor plumbing was a luxury, squirrel was a meal, and sex ed was taught during senior year in high school (long after many girls had gotten pregnant and dropped out) Beth Ditto stood out. Beth was a fat, pro-choice, sexually confused choir nerd with a great voice, an eighties perm, and a Kool Aid dye job. Her single mother worked overtime, which meant Beth and her five siblings were often left to fend for themselves. Beth spent much of her childhood as a transient, shuttling between relatives, caring for a sickly, volatile aunt she nonetheless loved, looking after sisters, brothers, and cousins, and trying to steer clear of her mother’s bad boyfriends.   Her punk education began in high school under the tutelage of a group of teens—her second family—who embraced their outsider status and introduced her to safety-pinned clothing, mail-order tapes, queer and fat-positive zines, and any shred of counterculture they could smuggle into Arkansas. With their help, Beth survived high school, a tragic family scandal, and a mental breakdown, and then she got the hell out of Judsonia. She decamped to Olympia, Washington, a late-1990s paradise for Riot Grrrls and punks, and began to cultivate her glamorous, queer, fat, femme image. On a whim—with longtime friends Nathan, a guitarist and musical savant in a polyester suit, and Kathy, a quiet intellectual turned drummer—she formed the band Gossip. She gave up trying to remake her singing voice into the ethereal wisp she thought it should be and instead embraced its full, soulful potential. Gossip gave her that chance, and the raw power of her voice won her and Gossip the attention they deserved.   Marked with the frankness, humor, and defiance that have made her an international icon, Beth Ditto’s unapologetic, startlingly direct, and poetic memoir is a hypnotic and inspiring account of a woman coming into her own.
  • I was lucky enough to get to know Beth Ditto in 1999-2000 in Olympia when I was performing as a drag king and we had some mutual friends. Although it's been several years since I've seen her reading this book is what I remember about having a conversation with her - she tells it like it is and doesn't flinch or hold back the hard parts. I've always seen Beth as loud, tough, punk, someone who says "this is who I am and I am not changing for you" and this book shows where that spirit comes from, but also the vulnerability of what being a misfit in a small town feels like and the overwhelming desire to break cycles of abuse and poverty and find a place where you can shine for what you are. Coal to Diamonds is the life story (so far) of someone who has thrived and made a place for herself in this world when there were so many circumstances stacked against her doing so. She is a fierce protector of those she loves, a fighter, a feminist, and a voice for a generation of misfits, queers, punks, and especially femmes who will not be silenced or made to feel ashamed for who they are. Read this book and go out and change the world.

  • Beth is one of my favorite people. She is incredibly talented, smart, creative and beautiful. She is also revolutionary because she is a fat person, a gay person and a woman. She is proudly all of these and she is also famous and successful. While we should be beyond that being a big deal, we aren't. Strong, fierce, courageous people like her are helping society wake up. We still have a long way to go and all of us who are fat, gay, transgender, woman, not white, not rich, not lawyers or doctors--we all have to keep living out loud and lifting each other up.

    Beth gave me a new mantra for those days when I let fat-hatred get me down: "There is something wrong here but it is not me. I refuse to believe that I am anything less than excellent". Not only is this the truth--about all of us--it is a powerful reminder to me to stay strong and free and be what and who I am with pride and confidence. As they say, "God don't make no junk".

    If no one has told you this yet today, I love you. Keep on keepin' on and know that you are not alone. You are one of millions of free-spirited, free-minded beautiful individuals. We shall overcome.

  • I am a huge Beth Ditto fan, and her memoir did not disappoint. It is an entertaining chronicle of her early days in Olympia after escaping a crippling upbringing in Arkansas. There are some fun anecdotes about the post-Kurt Cobain Olympia scene. There is also a lot of good information about her growth as a singer. It's amazing how little she knew about the craft of singing when she first started out.

    My only complaint is that I wish it had been longer - she is young and has a whole career in front of her, so I know she'll be writing more. But I do think she could have discussed her relationships in more detail. And I would have liked to know more about her mother -- and how Beth has come to accept her past and that of her mother.

    All in all it is very entertaining, and I don't think you have to be a huge fan of Beth Ditto or the Gossip to enjoy it (although I'm sure that helps).

  • Generally, I'm not a big fan of memoirs. I assume when some celebrity puts out a book, they've spent an hour or so with a ghost writer, and the book is supposed to sell not based on content, but who has their face on the cover. As much as I like Beth Ditto, I assumed this would be in that vein (because that's really what sold me, I'm going to be honest). I was wrong.
    There where times when I looked away from this book, wondering if Michelle Tea just let Beth ramble and then went home to type up whatever recording she had. The tone is a lot more conversational that I expected, and that was very refreshing. There where times when I wanted to hear more about Gossip's rise to fame, a little less about Judsonia, and a little more structure would have been useful, but I thought this was charming and I had a hard time putting it down.

  • LOVE Beth Ditto, and I loved her book. She definitely comes from a tough place and she has since become an international super star. She's so very talented and deserves all the success. Nice to get a sense of who she is and where she comes from.

  • My brother asked for this book for Christmas so I haven't read it but he said it is just what he wanted and I will be reading it after he gets done with it.

  • Beth stays amazingly positive after everything she has been through in her life. She has amazing talent, and even now, I don't think she quite gets how special she is. Her story will make you feel crappy for complaining about the stupid stuff going on in your own life. This inspiring book will help you embrace your uniqueness, and go do what you really want to do!

  • Great read! I am inspired by Beth Ditto this memoir solidified my connection to her music! I enjoyed listening to her narrative and the triumph through it, gives me hope! For not having an interest in education she would fit right in with the Women Studies department collective at Fresno State!!! I love her activism for big girls!!!!