Twenty years after the success of her first memoir, the New York Times bestseller The Truth Is . . ., the Grammy and Oscar award-winning rocker and trailblazing LGBTQAI icon takes stock of the intervening years, recounting the euphoric triumphs and the life-altering tragedies of her life.
The audiobook is an exclusive musical experience, read and performed by Melissa. It features live, stripped-down performances of many of Melissa’s songs, including the one that inspired the book title, Talking to My Angel; never-before performed songs including Here Comes the Pain; and original interstitial and credit music.
Live with spirit.
Find peace in the chaos.
Lean into the joy.
Over the past twenty years, Melissa Etheridge has been blessed with success, love, joy, contentment, freedom, and release. She became a mother again, recorded eleven albums, toured the world, performed at the Grammy Awards, won an Oscar, discovered her one true love, and underwent a profound spiritual awakening. She also experienced illness, incomparable loss, heartache, guilt, shame, and devastating grief. She was diagnosed with breast cancer, endured two contentious and public break ups, and witnessed the devastating disintegration and death of her son, Beckett, to opioid addiction. Yet through it all, Melissa found the strength and courage to carry on.
Talking to My Angels is a profoundly honest look into her inner life as a woman, an artist, a mother, and a survivor. With characteristic wit and courage, Melissa delves into how numerous tragedies served as a catalyst for growth, and what the past two decades have taught her about the value of music, love, family, and life in the face of death. It is her story: as raw, vulnerable, and electrifying as her acclaimed songs. Melissa shares hard truths about surviving and thriving—a journey through darkness and uncertainty that leads to forgiveness and love. A remarkable storyteller, she digs deep into the well of her life, sharing memories that, woven together, create a rich portrait of success and survival—an intimate, emotional and ultimately inspiring story of healing.
A memoir a lifetime in the making, Talking to My Angels is Melissa’s engrossing—and at times harrowing—story as she lived it. It is a testament to the power of art, a touchstone for anyone seeking a path out of darkness, and a powerful love letter to the family and fans who’ve been integral to her journey.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
From soaring highs to crushing lows, acclaimed rocker and LGBTQ+ icon Melissa Etheridge bares all in this devastatingly honest memoir. Etheridge has lived through a lot and she gets into all of it, from surviving childhood sexual abuse and coming to terms with being gay to dealing with two public breakups and losing her son to a fentanyl overdose. We were inspired to hear the musician talk about finding joy and peace despite her struggles, and the audiobook format makes this memoir an absolute treat. We loved listening to the story in Etheridge’s unmistakable voice—and as a bonus, she pauses between chapters to perform some of her best-known songs, along with new tracks and original instrumental pieces. Whether you’re a fan, a fellow creative, or just love deeply personal memoirs, Talking to My Angels is an amazing listen.
Amazing, Lovely, written like a song. Lyrical messages in the depth of her pain, she is real. She gives the truth. Love this book. Love M.E.
I was supposed to experience this book. So many similar experiences on the Red Road. This book helped me heal hurts I’ve been working on for years. Thank you Melissa :)