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review 2016-11-03 00:29
Pretty Paper
Pretty Paper - Willie Nelson,David Ritz

Pretty Paper by Willie Nelson and David Ritz creates a fictional story behind the song of the same title. The plot is tried and true formula for a feel good story. The casual tone takes a while to get used to, but then the feel good party of the story takes over. This story does not preach; it is just about what happens when one person reaches out to help another. In a world full of sadness and divisions right now, this message is a powerful and heartwarming one.

 

Read my complete review at Memories From Books - Pretty Paper.

 

Reviewed for the Penguin First to Read program

 

Source: www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2016/11/pretty-paper.html
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review 2016-10-02 01:03
Heartwarming Christmas story
Pretty Paper - Willie Nelson,David Ritz

It’s Christmas time in the 60’s in Texas and everyone is hustling along the streets, going in and out of the gaily decorated stores doing their Christmas shopping. On the sidewalk is a man with no legs, selling Christmas wrapping paper and calling out “pretty paper”. His name is Vernon Clay and he catches Willie’s eye. Willie takes an interest in Vernon and is determined to learn Vernon’s story and to help him out any way he can.

For those of you familiar with Willie Nelson’s music, you’ll be well familiar with his Christmas song, “Pretty Paper”. The song was inspired by a real-life street vendor named Frankie Brierton. Willie always wondered who the man was who inspired his song and now Willie has written this charming Christmas tale. It’s written by Willie in collaboration with David Ritz.

Willie Nelson has proved through his music that he knows how to pull on the heartstrings so it’s no surprise what a warm, heartwarming story this is. It’s written in a down-to-earth, forthright manner. It’s hard to say how much of the book is true. At the beginning of the book, Willie is married with three children and he was married with three children in the 60’s. I’ve read, too, that the story he includes about himself and Charlie Pride is true. However, the disability of the real street vendor, Frankie Brierton, was due to a spinal disorder, unlike the reason for Vernon’s disability.

Whatever is true or not true, read this book with the expectation of being charmed. There aren’t particularly any surprises in this story but it sets up a lovely Christmas atmosphere perfect for that time of year.

This book was given to me by the publisher through First to Read in return for an honest review.

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review 2015-06-15 21:14
It's A Long Story: My Life by Willie Nelson and David Ritz, narrated by Christopher R. Grant
It's a Long Story: My Life - David Ritz,Willie Nelson

I enjoyed this narration of Willie Nelson's autobiography! I'm not a fan of most country music, but I find Willie to be an interesting man full of contradictions, so this audio book appealed to me.

 

I learned a lot about Willie and his life, much of which I did not know. For instance, Willie is a very spiritual man. (Despite this spirituality, he has had a difficult time being a faithful husband. There's one of those contradictions I mentioned above.) He loves and practices martial arts. He wrote the song "Crazy", that most people associate with Patsy Cline.

 

I also learned more about the things that I already knew: Willie loves his weed. Both of his parents died of lung cancer, and despite Willie's smoking weed all the time, he's still going strong in his 80's.  Willie supports the family farmer and he supports them not only with his money, but with his time. He also loves this earth and supports lots of endeavors to save and preserve her. Willie is a true and loyal friend, who did not dish the dirt on his fellow performers as much as he could have. He would just say things like "Waylon loved his cocaine", and leave it at that.

 

I learned a lot, I enjoyed listening and what more could I ask from an audio book? The narration was excellent and I enjoyed the life that Mr. Ryan brought to Willie's stories.

 

If you like Willie, or even if you would only like to learn more about him, I highly recommend this audiobook!

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text 2015-06-12 22:05
Reading progress update: I've read 61% and now...
It's a Long Story: My Life - David Ritz,Willie Nelson

Willie is on his way to Muscle Shoals. Last year I watched a documentary on this legendary studio and it was excellent. If you're interested in music recording history, this film is a must see! Click on the cover below to check it out. 

 

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text 2015-06-12 17:00
Reading progress update: I've read 40% and I just found out...
It's a Long Story: My Life - David Ritz,Willie Nelson

that Willie Nelson wrote the song "Crazy" made famous by Patsy Cline. Who knew?

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na5Y9FxR0lg

 

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