Emmylou Harris jokes that she's a "really good ex-wife" to her three former husbands. She just turned 64 and wrote most of the songs on her latest album, Hard Bargain. As she tells All Things Considered host Melissa Block,many of those new tracks are about taking stock of this phase of her life.
I'm not a violent man by nature, but I've had my scrapes and I've seen more than a few and if there's one unassailable truth I know about a fist-fight it's this: it doesn't matter who strikes first, or most, but only who strikes last. In a fight, to endure is everything. I'm not sure you can ever say someone "wins" a fight, but the last one standing generally stakes that claim. In that vein, the following three books follow winners who endure the slaps and stomps and gouges of a hard life fought well.