Bare Bones: I'm Not Lonely If You're Reading This Book

Bare Bones: I'm Not Lonely If You're Reading This Book

by Bobby Bones

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Overview

#1 New York Times Bestseller

A touching, funny, heart-wrenching, and triumphant memoir from one of the biggest names in radio, the host of The Bobby Bones Show, one of the most listened-to drive time morning radio shows in the nation.

Growing up poor in Mountain Pine, Arkansas, with a young, addicted mom, Bobby Estell fell in love with country music. Abandoned by his father at the age of five, Bobby saw the radio as his way out—a dream that came true in college when he went on air at the Henderson State University campus station broadcasting as Bobby Bones, while simultaneously starting The Bobby Bones Show at 105.9 KLAZ. Bobby’s passions were pop, country music, and comedy, and he blended the three to become a tastemaker in the country music industry, heard by millions daily. Bobby broke the format of standard country radio, mixing country and pop with entertainment news and information, and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the business, including Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, and Jason Aldean.

Yet despite the glamour, fame, and money, Bobby has never forgotten his roots, the mom and grandmother who raised him, the work ethic he embraced which saved him and encouraged him to explore the world, and the good values that shaped him. In this funny, poignant memoir told in Bobby’s distinctive patter, he takes fans on a tour of his road to radio. Bobby doesn’t shy away from the curves he continues to navigate—including his obsessive-compulsive disorder—on his journey to find the happiness of a healthy family.

Funny and tender, raw and honest, Bare Bones is pure Bobby Bones—surprising, entertaining, inspiring, and authentic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594720416
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/17/2016
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 40,328
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame as the youngest honoree ever, Bobby Bones has been dubbed “the most powerful man in country music” by Forbes. His nationally syndicated radio show, The Bobby Bones Show, reaches millions of listeners weekly on more than one hundred stations and recently garnered its third Academy of Country Music Award for National On-Air Personality of the Year, also earning a 2017 Country Music Association Award for National Broadcast Personality of the Year. When he’s not on the air, Bones is performing stand-up comedy for sold-out audiences, sitting down with country’s biggest stars for his own podcast, The BobbyCast, or hitting the road with his comedy band, Bobby Bones and The Raging Idiots. Additionally, he appeared on ABC’s American Idol as the mentor to the Top 24 contestants. His memoir, Bare Bones, landed at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. 

Table of Contents

Introduction: Or, Why We're All Here ix

1 The Boy Behind the Ninja Turtle Mask 1

2 Nerd Alert 19

3 Smooth Operator 39

4 Country Mouse in the Big City 59

5 Stupid Panty Hose Tricks 73

6 Bones Bared 91

7 Fight. Grind. Repeat. And Sometimes Lose 107

8 Bones Goes Country 125

9 Gnawing at the Bones 145

10 A Total Nightmare 163

11 Every Day Is a Good Day 181

Acknowledgments 197

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Bare Bones: I'm Not Lonely If You're Reading This Book 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I listen to the show everyday. I remember the first time he was on the air in Nashville, and I thought I'm not going to like this show. After a month or so I was obsessed. This book makes me apperciate things so much more. Makes me want to be a better mom and employee. Thank you Bobby for opening up and sharing your life with the world. You're a great role model and inspiration.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an avid listener to the show I was impatiently awaiting the arrival of this book, and I was not disappointed. Honest, vulnerable, and witty, Bobby keeps it real.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you for giving me the courage to fight, grind, repeat! Very inspiring ??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't read autobiography but this book pulled me in from the beginning I read it in 4 hours straight through couldn't put it down
Anonymous 5 months ago
Inspirational
Anonymous 8 months ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bobby Bones tells of his life and struggles! As a fan of his show I can say I fell I know him very well. Can’t wait for book 2
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It’s like you’re sitting there having a conversation with Bobby Bones. I can’t believe I didn’t read this sooner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved him before this book and now understand and love him more ??
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
“every day that I am not moving forward is a day I’m not moving backward.” I really enjoyed the positive energy that flowed from this novel. Bobby has a great attitude about life and his outlook is optimistic and hopeful and I could definitely feel that after reading his book. I feel that his childhood is his motivation in life. He grew up poor and he will tell you on air and in the novel about how poor he really was, but that doesn’t stop him from achieving his goals and that doesn’t stop him from being who he wants to be. One thing that I noticed is that Bobby doesn’t blame his past for his mistakes in life, I have to applaud him for that. There are many individuals who have done this and I was overwhelmed to read his whole novel and not see the blame finger being pointed at anyone. Bobby is moving forward, he is making a stand for himself and this book was refreshing to read. Bobby is proud of who is and what he has gone through to become who he is today. He tries to entertain people on his radio show everyday who he feels are just like him. I was surprised after reading this novel how much work it takes to put on each show because as I listen to Bobby and his crew, it feels to me as if they are just talking, like nothing has been prepared and now, I know differently and I know how much time and love Bobby has taken to entertain me. I know bits and pieces of Bobby’s life just by listening to him on the radio but now, I know more after reading his book and I know the true meaning of some of the stories that he tells his viewers. I know the inside story. His name Bobby Bones, I never knew where that came from or how his life on the radio began but now I do and I know how devoted he was to putting his voice to the mike and how he wanted to become someone. He was once a small-town boy, who had a dream, we all have dreams but this boy had motivation and determination and was willing to go the extra mile. Bobby is who he is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't stop reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good. An easy, fun, and inspiring read. He really puts it out there. Thanks Bobby!
JessicaVA More than 1 year ago
I like the show and wasn't disappointed in the book. It's a funny, easy, relatable book from a guy you can tell is geniune. Sometimes I get frustrated with how self deprecating he can be but now in context it makes more sense. I hope he writes another book of short stories for his years in radio. You know he must have more to share.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing... love bobby
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like Bobby Bones you will love this book!
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Cmcnelley More than 1 year ago
What a great read! My parents were alcoholics much of my life so I particularly related the most to chapter 1. The introduction was nicely delivered and certainly wrapped me in. Going from comedy to Serious was a slap in the face, in a great way. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for #2. Wish I would have made it to the book signing so I could get my copy signed but i am happy I got the book nonetheless. Keep up the good work Bobby! --crystal from Austin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think reading this shows that Bobby is his own harshest critic. Making the statement so that if people do criticize he can say "that's what I said". I wish him peace and love. Really enjoyed the book.