February 2005: Tori Amos Publishes Her Memoir

Tori Amos & Ann Powers' 'Piece by Piece'
Penguin Random House

February 2005: Tori Amos Publishes Her Memoir

Always known for baring her soul truthfully in song, Tori Amos did the same thing in book form on Feb. 8, 2005, when she published Piece by Piece.

Rather than write a typical autobiography, Piece by Piece found Amos and acclaimed music journalist Ann Powers tracing "the story of her unfinished evolution" through conversations and e-mail exchanges, plus input from family and collaborators. Throughout the book Amos offers up everything from "song canvases" offering details about the meanings behind some of her best-known songs to detailed family history and even some helpful hints on surviving and thriving in an unpredictable business of making records.

Released alongside her then-newest album, 2005's The Beekeeper, critics praised Piece by Piece. The Chicago Tribune called it "vibrant, entertaining and more than a little nuts, an open window into the mind of one of rock's slipperiest acts," while Publisher's Weekly noted how "Amos comes across as thoughtful, likable and witty" in the pages. It even made the New York Times bestseller list, reaching No. 12.