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As a life long Willie Nelson fan, I couldn t pass up the opportunity to read this Christmas fable written by Willie and inspired by by his famous song of the same title The premise of this short tale is the imagined back story of the disabled street vendor upon whom Willie Nelson based his real life hit Pretty Paper At times I found myself confused wondering how much was true and how much was fiction since this book includes Willie, in the first person as himself, telling the story I ultima As a life long Willie Nelson fan, I couldn t pass up the opportunity to read this Christmas fable written by Willie and inspired by by his famous song of the same title The premise of this short tale is the imagined back story of the disabled street vendor upon whom Willie Nelson based his real life hit Pretty Paper At times I found myself confused wondering how much was true and how much was fiction since this book includes Willie, in the first person as himself, telling the story I ultimately had to go to do a bit of research online to set myself straight and determine that the story should be judged entirely as fiction As a story, the book is much like Willie s songs There s poignancy in the spartan prose, but it s best enjoyed if one just goes along for the ride And just as the song Pretty Paper isn t a standard Christmas Carol, this book defies the genre You ll findhonky tonks and BBQ joints here than sleigh bells and reindeer But if you re looking for something a bit different than the standard holly, jolly Christmas tale, you ve come to the right place.Many thanks to NetGalley and Blue Rider Press for a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review Willie Nelson was a man barely making a living as a singer songwriter in 1960 s Forth Worth, Texas when he met a man outside of Leonard s Department Store selling colorful paper and ribbons for Christmas The vendor was a legless man by the name of Vernon Clay and their brief meeting inspired Willie s hit song Pretty Paper Willie is interested to learn Vernon s story but the private man refuses to share much about himself In a series of coincidences, Willie encounters Vernon over a period Willie Nelson was a man barely making a living as a singer songwriter in 1960 s Forth Worth, Texas when he met a man outside of Leonard s Department Store selling colorful paper and ribbons for Christmas The vendor was a legless man by the name of Vernon Clay and their brief meeting inspired Willie s hit song Pretty Paper Willie is interested to learn Vernon s story but the private man refuses to share much about himself In a series of coincidences, Willie encounters Vernon over a period of several months and learns he s a talented guitarist and singer.Vernon eventually disappears and leaves behind the story of his life that has been filled with tragedy, heartbreak, good food, and great music Moved by Vernon s story, Willie attempts to track down the man and offer him a chance at redemption during the holiday season.Willie Nelson is a talented storyteller and I loved that this book imagined the story of the man who did in fact inspire the song Pretty Paper This was a feel good Christmas story that like most holidays tales starts with bad luck and tragedy but ends with hope and redemption It may be a little cheesy but it s a heartwarming cozy read for the Christmas season Forreviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com I like to imagine that Christmas brings out the best in people The time of year when people look to help those in need.Willie Nelson yes, the singer musician wrote this story after encountering a man selling pretty paper on a street corner This man s legs were both amputated above the knees He was the inspiration for Willie s song Pretty Paper.This story about Vernon Clay is Willie s take on what maybe happened to him to get him to this point.It s a story about helping your fellow man a I like to imagine that Christmas brings out the best in people The time of year when people look to help those in need.Willie Nelson yes, the singer musician wrote this story after encountering a man selling pretty paper on a street corner This man s legs were both amputated above the knees He was the inspiration for Willie s song Pretty Paper.This story about Vernon Clay is Willie s take on what maybe happened to him to get him to this point.It s a story about helping your fellow man and living life through music.How much is true and how much is made up, I am not sure All I know is that it is a heartwarming tale, perfect for this time of the year A lovely story of looking behind the misfortune and seeing the person, the whole story Also, a story of friendship and lending a helping hand A lovely story to read, especially in the Holiday season Willie s story is warm and human It s about helping our fellow man and really listening to their story and their needs I listened to the audio which was very casual and easy going Although the book revolves around several Christmases and it a Christmas story, it can be read at any time of the y A lovely story of looking behind the misfortune and seeing the person, the whole story Also, a story of friendship and lending a helping hand A lovely story to read, especially in the Holiday season Willie s story is warm and human It s about helping our fellow man and really listening to their story and their needs I listened to the audio which was very casual and easy going Although the book revolves around several Christmases and it a Christmas story, it can be read at any time of the year The main focus is about hearing a person, seeing a person and helping a person I love Willie Nelson and I love Christmas music I just had to grab this from the library when I saw the cover It was an impulsive library loan.Pretty Paper isn t the typical holiday romance story this is basically the backstory to Willie s classic Pretty Paper song, based at least in part on truth It s a tearjerker in some parts and reminds me of a Hallmark movie many holiday stories are like this and I think that is what many of us like about them It is warm and cozy and inviting and ends I love Willie Nelson and I love Christmas music I just had to grab this from the library when I saw the cover It was an impulsive library loan.Pretty Paper isn t the typical holiday romance story this is basically the backstory to Willie s classic Pretty Paper song, based at least in part on truth It s a tearjerker in some parts and reminds me of a Hallmark movie many holiday stories are like this and I think that is what many of us like about them It is warm and cozy and inviting and ends on a positive note There is an easy conversational tone about the narrative that makes it feel like Willie himself is reading the story to us even though he is not the narrator for the entire story Interesting structure book within a book for a large part of the story to tell Vernon Clay s story Recommended for fans of Willie Nelson, fans of holiday stories 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 wel 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 More than fifty years ago, Willie Nelson s beloved Christmas song Pretty Paper first hit the airwaves And for all these years Willie has wondered about the real life Texas street vendor, selling wrapping and ribbons, 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 is the early sixties and Willie Nelson is down and out, barely eking out a living as singer songwriter The w More than fifty years ago, Willie Nelson s beloved Christmas song Pretty Paper first hit the airwaves And for all these years Willie has wondered about the real life Texas street vendor, selling wrapping and ribbons, 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 is the early sixties and Willie Nelson is down and out, barely eking out a living as 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, a 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, down home 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.I recommend this book to anyone in the holiday spirit.I don t remember this song and I couldn t imagine a book by Willie Nelson being any good I was so wrong This book had me hooked and read it within a day The story draws you in and you can t wait to hearof the street vendors story.I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars I honestly didn t think this book would amount to much I was pleasantly surprised because it was very good, very interesting It was difficult to decide how much was truth and how much was fiction I enjoyed the story line a lot. {READ DOWNLOAD} ì Pretty Paper õ Willie Nelson s inspiring Christmas fable, based on his holiday classic Pretty Paper More than fifty years ago, Willie Nelson s beloved Christmas song Pretty Paper first hit the airwaves And for all these years, Willie has wondered about the real life Texas street vendor, selling wrappings and ribbons, 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, a 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, down home 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 I m not really sure how to rate this Do I rate this based on what it is and what I knew going in that s it s a feel good holiday tale Or do I rate this based on comparison with other books I read I.e How much I liked it It really was a good, warm hearted story that was easy to read and had a lot of old time country music references The main thing that disappointed me was that the jacket leads readers to believe that this is a true story Even 1 3rd of the way into it was still trying to I m not really sure how to rate this Do I rate this based on what it is and what I knew going in that s it s a feel good holiday tale Or do I rate this based on comparison with other books I read I.e How much I liked it It really was a good, warm hearted story that was easy to read and had a lot of old time country music references The main thing that disappointed me was that the jacket leads readers to believe that this is a true story Even 1 3rd of the way into it was still trying to hold on to the idea that this was all based on true events with added flair, of course but by the time I hit the halfway mark it became glaringly obvious that this was a totally made up tale I was very disappointed as I m not into happy ending holiday fairy tales I picked this book up because I wanted to hear the story beyond Willie s hit song.I feel like this book will have a hard time finding an audience It strikes me as something my grandmother would read but there is enough references to sex, violence, and pot to disgust the age range of ladies who are into this kind of fluff That s not to say that is is gritty in any way In fact, I think there are too FEW references to sex, pot, and gritty bar fights to interest most fans of willie s music It was nice to read a story with a happy ending for once