Pretty paper : a Christmas tale

by Nelson, Willie, 1933-

Format: Large Print 2017
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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Bethel Park Public Library Large Print LP NELSON Willie
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Large Print
Call Number  LP NELSON Willie
Shaler North Hills Library Large Print LARGE PRINT NELSON
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Large Print
More than fifty years ago, Willie Nelson's beloved Christmas song "Pretty Paper" first hit the airwaves. Now, Nelson has written an inspiring Christmas fable, imagining the life of the Texas street vendor who inspired his song. Who was this poor soul? What did his painful trials say about our loves, our hopes, our dreams in this holiday season - and in the rest of our lives?It's the early sixties and Willie Nelson is down and out, barely eking out a living as a singer-songwriter. The week before Christmas, he spots a legless man on a cart, selling wares in front of Leonard's Department Store in Fort Worth, Texas. The humble figure, by the name of Vernon Clay, piques Willie's curiosity, but Vernon is stubbornly private and - despite Willie's charming queries - has no interest in telling his story. Willie is tenacious, though, and he eventually learns that Vernon is a fellow musician, fine guitarist and singer.When Vernon disappears, he leaves behind only a diary, which tells an epic tale of life-altering tragedies, broken hearts, and crooked record men, not to mention backroad honky-tonks, downhome cooking, and country songwriting genius. Deeply moved and spurred on by Vernon's pages, Willie aims to give the man one last shot at redemption and a chance to embody the holiday spirit.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This charming but, alas, fictional memoir takes us back to the early years of famed singer/songwriter Willie Nelson. He was struggling artistically and financially when he wrote the song Pretty Paper, which became a big hit for Roy Orbison in 1963. (Nelson recorded his own version a year or so later.) According to this stylishly written story, a collaboration between Nelson and David Ritz, Nelson was inspired by a homeless man who was trying to make a few bucks selling Christmas wrapping paper during the holiday season. The book recounts Nelson's attempts to learn more about the man, who inspired him when he most needed inspiration. It's such a touching story moving without the cloying sweetness that plagues so many would-be inspirational tales that we find ourselves wishing it had actually happened. Nelson, who has always told wonderful stories in song form, proves he can be just as effective in print narrative.--Pitt, David Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Country musicians -- Fiction.
Large type books.
Christmas stories.
Autobiographical fiction.
Publisher Thorndike, Maine :Center Point Large Print,2017
Contributors Ritz, David, author.
Language English
Description 256 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781683242321
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