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Weekend preview: Women, music and 'Lady Bird'

Weekend preview: Women, music and 'Lady Bird'

Much has happened to shape the national discourse in the 18 months since Holly Gleason began working on “Woman Walk the Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives.” Much has happened in the last 18 days to make it essential reading.

The book includes 27 essays on artists you will recognize, many by female writers you also will know: Taylor Swift contributed an essay she wrote as a teenager on Brenda Lee; Rosanne Cash offered the emotional “Eulogy for a Mother,” about June Carter Cash; and there’s Grace Potter on Linda Ronstadt, singer Aubrie Sellers on Alison Krauss, and author Alice Randall on Lil Hardin.

Music is the inspiration for these stories — wildly diverse...