Melissa Etheridge’s new book TALKING TO MY ANGELS will be published by Harper Wave (an imprint of HarperCollins) on September 5, 2023. Twenty years after her New York Times bestseller The Truth Is…, the Grammy and Oscar-winning rocker and trailblazing LGBTQIA icon returns with a deeply moving follow-up that recounts the euphoric triumphs and life-altering tragedies of her life since.
During this time, Etheridge became a mother again, recorded eleven albums, toured the world, performed at the Grammy Awards, and 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. Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer, endured two contentious and public break ups, and suffered the devastating loss of her son, Beckett, to opioid addiction. Yet through it all, Etheridge 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, Etheridge 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. 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.
“Ultimately, this book is an ode to love. It’s a testament to vanquishing fear and learning to embrace all of what life brings us, an unvarnished reflection on the many threads of my life,” she writes. A memoir a lifetime in the making, Talking to My Angels is Etheridge’s story as she lived it: engrossing, at times harrowing, and always inspirational.