“There’s something about them that holds the memory of hers,” Allison Moorer writes in her new book, Blood: A Memoir, as she compares the shape of her hands with her late mother’s, “much like my face holds expressions that she would’ve made with her own.” The country singer traces such tactile memories back to the tragic death of her mother, who was killed by her father, who then killed himself, when she and her sister Shelby Lynne were teenagers. In the evocatively detailed memoir and a related, poignant new album, Blood, Moorer attempts to make sense of the unknowable with a rare form of contemplative grace mixed at times with fiery determination. She discusses her book with Lynne at Book Soup on Monday and performs with her husband Hayes Carll at the Grammy Museum on Wednesday.
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; Mon., Nov. 18, 7 p.m. (310) 659-3110, booksoup.com. And at Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown L.A.; Wed., Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.; $30. (213) 765-6800, grammymuseum.org.