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Reckless: My Life as a Pretender Paperback – 9 Aug 2016

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"Heartfelt and beautifully written." --The Huffington Post

"Snaps with wit. . . . Reveals an extremely rare and brave character." --New York Daily News

"Sharp. . . . Moving. . . . Restless and emphatic." --The Wall Street Journal

"Hynde is an irresistible, unapologetic storyteller." --USA Today

"A love letter to rock 'n' roll. . . . Honest and distinctive. . . . [Reckless] gives an accurate sense of what it's like to sit down with Chrissie Hynde. . . . Acerbic, clever, confrontational." --The New York Times Book Review

"Rich and ragged. . . . Engaging. . . . [Hynde] writes just like she lives, and just like she makes music. She does it her way, which is an inimitable multiplicity of things: impulsive, untamed, ragged, proud." --The Daily Beast

"Chrissie Hynde's autobiography, Reckless, out-rocks them all." --The Washington Post

"Rebellious, fierce. . . . Full of engaging stories, dry wit and revelations." --The Guardian (London)

"Fascinating. . . . A portrait of an era." --Vogue.com

"[A] fascinating memoir." --Financial Times

"Entertaining. . . . Sarcasm and dry humor shine through. . . . One can almost hear her deep, sneering vibrato." --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"A stirring tale of rock, regret and redemption. . . . Unflinching. . . . Reckless is a survivor's tale, a portrait of a woman bolstered by conviction and buoyed by extreme fortitude. " --The Buffalo News

"This long-awaited memoir tells [Hynde's] life story in full and utterly fascinating detail. . . . She brings a fantastic eye for detail, a withering and sardonic sense of humor, and a fearless emotional honesty." --Library Journal

About the Author

Chrissie Hynde is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the enduring rock band The Pretenders. Hynde released nine studio albums with The Pretenders, beginning with 1980’s Pretenders, which Rolling Stone called the #13 Best Debut Album of All Time. Most recently, she released her first solo album, Stockholm, in 2014. She lives in London.


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Johnny Aloha
2.0 out of 5 starsIn Hynde sight, this Pretender is not a contender.
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3.0 out of 5 starsLeft me feeling sad but glad I read it
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2.0 out of 5 starsThe music was great. This doesn't add anything
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5.0 out of 5 starsA Brutally Honest Autobiography, and So Much More
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3.0 out of 5 starsThe Forest Gump of rock-and-roll.
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