Picks and Pans Review: Stand by Your Man

updated 01/14/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/14/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Tammy Wynette with Joan Dew

Poor Tammy! She rose from a tar-paper shack near Tupelo, Miss, to a 14-bathroom mansion in Nashville, but her life has had more heartache than a honky-tonk ballad. Her autobiography might in fact have been more aptly titled He Done Me Wrong, for most of its 338 pages detail how she has been mistreated by four different husbands. (She is currently, at 37, married to No. 5, her manager George Richey.) First and third were Euple Byrd, who sired her first three daughters and then left, and country singer George Jones, who frequently took off on drunken binges. There were also a couple of quickies—including a good-lookin' real estate executive who was Mr. Wynette for only 44 days—and the cost wasn't just emotional. This book's prose is soporific, but the revelations are sometimes provocative, particularly an indiscreet account of her affair with Burt Reynolds (one tragic evening, she says, he ate her banana pudding and then collapsed in the bubble bath). To hear her tell it, she remained through it all a vulnerable, sweet, old-fashioned girl, about whom the worst that can be said is that she had terrible taste in men. Poor Tammy. (Simon & Schuster, $11.95)

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