Pretty paper : a Christmas tale
by Nelson, Willie, 1933-
|Format:||Large Print 2017|
|Availability:||Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies|
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.
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|Publisher|| Thorndike, Maine :Center Point Large Print,2017
256 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm