A Little Thing Called Life (Hardcover)
On Loving Elvis Presley, Bruce Jenner, and Songs in Between
Dey Street Books, 9780062469748, 480pp.
Publication Date: August 23, 2016
Award-winning songwriter Linda Thompson breaks her silence, sharing the extraordinary story of her life, career, and epic romances with two of the most celebrated, yet enigmatic, modern American superstars—Elvis Presley and Bruce Jenner.
For the last forty years, award-winning songwriter Linda Thompson has quietly led one of the most remarkable lives in show business. The longtime live-in love of Elvis Presley, Linda first emerged into the limelight during the 1970s when the former beauty pageant queen caught the eye of the King. Their chance late-night encounter at a movie theater was the stuff of legend, and it marked the beginning of a whirlwind that would stretch across decades, leading to a marriage with Bruce Jenner, motherhood, and more drama than she ever could have imagined.
Now for the first time, Linda opens up about it all, telling the full story of her life, loves, and everything in between. From her humble beginnings in Memphis to her nearly five year relationship with Elvis, she offers an intimate window into their life together, describing how their Southern roots fueled and sustained Graceland’s greatest romance. Going inside their wild stories and tender moments, she paints a portrait of life with the King, as raucous as it is refreshing. But despite the joy they shared, life with Elvis also had darkness, and her account also presents an unsparing look at Elvis’s twin demons—drug abuse and infidelity—forces he battled throughout their time together that would eventually end their relationship just eight months before his untimely death.
It was in the difficult aftermath of Elvis’s death that Linda found what she believed was her true home: the arms of Olympic gold medal-winner Bruce Jenner. Detailing her marriage to Bruce, Linda reveals the apparently perfect life that they built with their two young sons—Brandon and Brody—before Bruce changed everything with a secret he’d been carrying his entire life, a secret that Linda herself kept for nearly thirty years, a secret that Bruce’s transition to Caitlyn Jenner has finally laid bare for the world. Providing a candid look inside one of the most challenging moments of her life, Linda uncovers the struggles she went through as a woman and a mother, coming to terms with the reality of Bruce’s identity and resolving to embrace him completely no matter what, even as it meant they could no longer be together,
And yet, despite her marriage unraveling, her search for love was not over, eventually leading her to the legendary music producer and musician David Foster, a relationship that lasted for 19 tumultuous years, resulting in a bond that spurred her songwriting career to new heights but also tested her like never before. Filled with compelling and poignant stories and 16 pages of photographs, A Little Thing Called Life lovingly recounts Linda’s incredible journey through the years, bringing unparalleled insight into three legendary figures.
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Praise For A Little Thing Called Life: On Loving Elvis Presley, Bruce Jenner, and Songs in Between…
— Jane Seymour, actress
“Linda and Elvis sitting in bed doing [Monty] Python sketches in shrilt middle-aged women’s voices was something I found hard to believe. I love this woman. You will too.”
— Eric Idle, comedian
“Linda has led an extraordinary life filled with both blessings and challenges, but she has met them both with grace and kindness.”
— Roma Downey, actress
“From Graceland’s Jungle Room to the beaches of Malibu, my dear friend Linda shares her incredibly interesting and emotional journey, where she never once lost her sense of humor or maiden name.”
— Kevin Nealon, comedian
“Once in a while a memoir comes along that will change your life. This is not that book, but it is a fascinating inside look at pop-culture history from the nicest, most beautiful woman in the world.”
— Jon Lovitz, comedian
“Linda Thompson has had quite a life, and she’s quite a woman. She is sweet, gentle, articulate, and loving. She’s glamorous, so fun-and she’s a mom. As her song says, this is all ‘a little thing called life’ but her life was no little thing.”
— Tony Danza, actor
“A funny thing happened on the way to Linda’s life, namely Elvis, Bruce/Caitlyn, David Foster, and a rock star son. I was mesmerized by the front row seat ‘behind the curtain.’ A must-read!”
— Sela Ward, actress
“Linda is loving, full of spirit, and always makes you feel as if you are the most important person in the room.”
— Tim Allen, comedian
“Words are the voice of the heart, and with Linda’s Southern grace, she speaks with the tenderness, strength, and resilience of a true Steel Magnolia.”
— Billy Ray Cyrus, musician
“What amazes me about Linda goes far beyond her ridiculous talents for writing lyrics–it is that amidst the interesting and seemingly overwhelming and unique life she’s led, she has remained the same beautiful human being she has always been.”
— Brooke Shields, actress