Piece by Piece (book)

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Piece by Piece
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Cover art of Piece by Piece
Author Tori Amos, Ann Powers
Cover artistMarysarah Quinn
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreAutobiography
PublisherBroadway
Publication date
February 8, 2005
Media typeHardcover
Pages348
ISBN 0-7679-1676-X

Piece by Piece is an autobiographical book by singer/songwriter Tori Amos and co-authored by rock music journalist Ann Powers. It was published in the U.S. on February 8, 2005 and in the U.K. in June 2005.

Contents

Synopsis

The book is told in a conversational style with questions posed by Ann and responded to by Tori. They compiled the material for the book through phone calls, e-mail conversations and in-person interviews. Along with details about Amos' career, music and personal life it also delves into mythology and religion in a fashion often associated with Amos. The lyrics "piece by piece" feature in the song "Datura" on the 1999 album To Venus and Back .

Commercial and critical success

The book received mixed reviews from critics, who generally agreed that Amos' writing on the music industry and recording process was the stellar part of the book. Blender magazine cited the work as "no mere star memoir . . . it’s more like a soul-map of Amos' stride from pop tart to poet provocateur." [1] Regardless of reviews, the book was more successful than expected and was published in conjunction with Amos' solo album The Beekeeper (2005). The book peaked on the New York Times bestseller list at #12. [2]

Content

The work consists of eight chapters, each of which includes "song canvases" explaining Amos' inspiration and process for developing particular songs.

Song canvases: "Ireland", "The Beekeeper", "Mother Revolution"
Song canvases: "The Power of Orange Knickers", "God", "Marys of the Sea", "Lust", "I'm Not in Love"
Song canvases: "Garlands", "Parasol", "Sweet the Sting", "Sleeps with Butterflies", "Cars and Guitars"
Song canvases: "Pandora's Aquarium", "Muhammad, My Friend", and "Ribbons Undone"
Song canvases: "Wampum Prayer" and "Winter"
Song canvas: "Martha's Foolish Ginger"
Song canvas: "Goodbye Pisces"
Song canvases: "Take to the Sky", "Hoochie Woman", "Witness", and "Barons of Suburbia"
Song canvas: "Jamaica Inn"

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References

  1. Sinagra, Laura (March 2005). "Dream Girl: Tori Amos: Piece by Piece". Blender.
  2. "Best-seller Lists: Hardcover non-fiction". The New York Times . 2005-03-13. Retrieved 2011-09-16.