The Book is called 'blood' same title as the last album. I can't exactly say it was a fun read but I'm glad I read it. She's an interesting lady.
I discovered her by pure chance really, there was a CD that came free with Mojo magazine back in 2002 that had 'Cold in California' on it and I just really loved the lyrics and her vocal, so I've been following along since then.
Lucinda Williams, Allison Krauss and Kelly Willis, absolutely.
But as I haven't seen Julie Miller mentioned yet, I'll nominate her. I nominate her for almost anything when given the chance.
Incredible songwriter, heartfelt delivery.