No Walls and the Recurring Dream: A Memoir

No Walls and the Recurring Dream: A Memoir

A memoir by the celebrated singer-songwriter and social activist Ani DiFranco In her new memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream, Ani DiFranco recounts her early life from a place of hard-won wisdom, combining personal expression, the power of music, feminism, political activism, storytelling, philanthropy, entrepreneurship, and much more into an inspiring whole. In these A memoir by the celebrated singer-songwriter and social activist Ani DiFranco In her new memoir, No Walls and the R...

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Title:No Walls and the Recurring Dream: A Memoir
Author:Ani DiFranco
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:0735225176
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

No Walls and the Recurring Dream: A Memoir Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Mar 19, 2019
    I read this right away when I received a review copy despite the fact that it isn't due to come out until May. Why? Because I had a huge Ani phase at a very formative period of my life, one that isn't completely over, because here I am writing this review and listening to... Ani. I saw...
  • Renata
    May 20, 2019
    OK, a few things, in no particular order: - I loved Ani DiFranco's music as a #teen, and found her to be an inspiring feminist icon. That said, as an adult I became aware of some of her more cringey moments, but overall I went into this book feeling positive, nostalgic feelings abou...
  • Marni
    Jun 12, 2019
    If I had to choose one musician whose music means the most to me, it would be, without a doubt, Ani Difranco. Her music and lyrics quite literally carried me through college, and I return to her music when I need strength, or am feeling something intensely, because she has a song for e...
  • Maya
    May 24, 2019
    Reading other people?s (negative) reactions to this book is interesting. Ani is this figure from the 90s that I feel so many women hitched their formative years to as a pillar of... what? Feminism? Rebellion? Nonconformity? I love her in this way too. But for some, the stories they m...
  • Jen
    May 23, 2019
    It?s Ani Fucking Difranco. What else is there to say? ...
  • Jesse
    May 12, 2019
    I knew Ani had some problematic aspects but I came out of this book liking her much less than when I started. I wish I had just kept to the mix tape playlist she released on Spotify rather than this deeper dive into her life and attitudes. This book was rambly and hard to read, but ...
  • Tasha
    May 07, 2019
    The first CD I bought was Little Plastic Castle. Maybe that explains why I read this in one sitting. (Or maybe because I technically bought it as a gift for a friend and need to wrap it up.) ...
  • Anna
    May 08, 2019
    This book is at its strongest when DiFranco reflects on her songwriting and touring experiences. It turns EXASPERATING when she decides to go off on weird pseudosciency tangents (not drinking milk for 6 months cleared up HER acne, so she wants to tell people with pimples to go off of d...
  • Jessica
    Feb 26, 2019
    I received an advance copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. How do I objectively review something from someone who's meant so much in my life? How do I separate the Ani of my life from the Ani of her own? First, it should be noted that the detailed stories in thi...
  • Patricia
    Jun 16, 2019
    I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. For someone whose songs are written so brilliantly and beautifully, i thought her storytelling was just okay. In the very last chapter she addresses that the book story ends in the early 2000s and that a lot of her family life and impor...
  • Katrina Dreamer
    May 25, 2019
    It is hard for me to give this three stars. After all, I am a big fan of Ani?s music and it was her songs that helped me recognize that I am queer. But many parts left me feeling uncomfortable, like her rant about non-smoking and scent-free sections at shows (ableist much?) and her a...
  • Melinda
    May 27, 2019
    A mixed bag, kinda like her musical catalog! I loved getting to learn the back story of some of my favorite songs (and I had an epic spotify playlist of her stuff from the early to mid-90s playing while I read this). I bristled at the complaints over her fans' neediness and the torture...
  • Niccola Nelson
    May 24, 2019
    To say I love Ani DiFranco is an understatement. Like a huge understatement. I discovered her in 1998 and it was LOVE at first LISTEN. I literally ran out and bought every album she put out and I haven?t stopped doing it and I?m almost 40. I play her albums in my car and my one yea...
  • Sarah
    Jun 06, 2019
    This one's hard for me. Ani Difranco has and still is my #1 favorite musician. I discovered her in 1994 and never looked back. Her songs have been the soundtrack to my life. I still get goose bumply when I listen to her work. Her songs and lyrics just resonate in such as way that no ot...
  • Katie
    Jan 03, 2019
    this book....does not have the range. if you are interested in ani difranco's work, please allow me to lovingly introduce you to all 30 years of her musical career myself, song by song and album by album. please do NOT start, or even supplement, with this book. ...
  • Barry Hammond
    Jun 06, 2019
    Ani Difranco has been creating music that is interesting, politically committed, unexpected, somewhat improvised, and interactive with her audiences for many years now. This memoir is her take on her childhood, the first couple of decades of her career, touring, and the entity of Right...
  • Betty
    May 08, 2019
    Ani Difranco was my savior during my college years. Her music meant so much to me and she is still, hands down, the best live performer I have ever seen. I have such fond memories of her smaller, intimate shows where you could sense her life force radiating off the stage, and feel the ...
  • Jill
    May 28, 2019
    I'm not an objective reader of this book. Ani gave voice to our collective experience as young women in America at the end of the 20th century. I played her CDs until I wore them out; I went to her shows as often as I could find her. She was the soundtrack to my college years and my 20...
  • Nate Hawthorne
    May 12, 2019
    More philosophical and political than a typical memoir. Ani is an artist through and through. She believes in her truth and integrity, but does not seem to preach. My favorite parts were about the songs and relationships. Also her insight of other artists. ...
  • lisa
    Jun 01, 2019
    From the time I was thirteen I absolutely worshiped Ani. I memorized every single song in her repertoire and every word of her liner notes, went to every concert when she made it anywhere close to where I was, and in the very early days of the internet I scoured message boards, website...
  • Jennifer
    Jan 31, 2019
    This is probably more like 2.5 stars than 3. This reminded me of Tori Amos? Piece by Piece. A rambly ?memoir? written by a high-school shero that made me like them less and remember why I stopped listening to them in the first place. Bit of a bummer. ...
  • Ed Mckeon
    Jun 02, 2019
    I've always admired Ani DiFranco. Her songs, and performances are fiercely truthful, and tumultuously musical. I met her early in her career at a Folk Alliance Conference. Her showcase performance was intimidating in its power. Then I sat next to her in a late-night hotel room showcase...
  • Kathleen Gray
    Apr 29, 2019
    I have always enjoyed DiFranco's music but I am not the superfan other reviewers seem to be. I found this to be an interesting and well written memoir about a woman coming of age and into her own. Tough circumstances only serve to make her tougher- into the righteous babe. Don't look f...
  • Robb Wetmore
    May 30, 2019
    Not all song writers/lyricists/poets are good writers. Ani is. One probably needs to be a fan to truly appreciate this book. I found myself at first being critical thinking a seasoned writer would add this here or elucidate there. At some point I realized it wasn't her lack of skill, b...
  • Kat
    May 17, 2019
    If you know Ani DiFranco and expected her memoir to be anything less than a beautiful mess of rambling tangents, poetic prose, strongly worded sermons of staunchly held political beliefs, whimsical idolization of folk heroes, lengthy philosophical lectures, occasional easter egg refere...
  • Rachel León
    Jun 11, 2019
    How to review this book? I have loved Ani Difranco for over 20 years, like loved to my very core. Her music shaped my life (truly) and her poems and lyrics have shaped my writing. I could not wait to read this book. It's kind of all over the place--one chapter you're reading abo...
  • Christina
    Jun 16, 2019
    I've been a fan of Ani since 1998 and have seen her in concert six times. Admittedly, I've never really invested much in knowing about her as a person, I just really enjoyed her music, live shows, and the message behind the poetry of her lyrics. So, when I picked this up, I didn't know...
  • Nadia
    Jun 25, 2019
    "The culture of the RBR office was getting away from itself and its radical feminist intention. Scot's approach had become dictatorial and did not reflect, in many instances, my core ideology. Unable to deal, I turned away. I drifted further and further from Buffalo and this thing that...
  • Mariah Goode
    Jun 29, 2019
    I have absolutely loved her music for over 25 years, I've seen her in concert probably at least twenty times, I've met her twice (in passing, as a fan), I love her politics and her sense of humor, and I so wanted to love this book... It is not well written at all, though. :( Since I am...
  • Skye
    Apr 16, 2019
    This is an illuminating memoir for Ani Difranco fans. I always assumed she was born in that Righteous Babe muscle flexin? pose- but of course she wasnt. Of course there is a story behind that image, behind her record company, behind her guitar. This memoir is a gift. It highlights a ...