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It's A Long Story: My Life    by Willie Nelson & David Ritz order for
It's A Long Story
by Willie Nelson
Order:  USA  Can
Little, Brown & Co., 2015 (2015)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
* * *   Reviewed by Jessica Maguire

I laughed as Willie Nelson told me how, as a rambunctious toddler, he was tied to a tree to keep him from wandering off. With just his grandmother to look after him, his sister, and a cousin, she had her hands full and at the time that was the best way to keep the toddling Willie safe. I laughed some more as I learned about Willie's nickname, Booger Red.

No, Willie Nelson was not sitting in my living room at the time, but it sure felt like it! This is the most personable memoir I've ever read. Reading Willie Nelson's biography was more like just chatting with the star himself.

But the memoir is not all funny childhood stories. Growing up during the Depression was not easy and the young Willie's life was marked by family tragedy early on. The later years saw roaring success and dizzying defeat. Who can forget songs such as On the Road Again or the IRS claiming Nelson owed over thirty million dollars in back taxes?!

You are sure not to get bored reading this book. Between Willie Nelson's induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, his philanthropic organization, and, of course, his push for the legalization of marijuana (now legal in a couple of states), you'll be keeping those pages turning. And with chapter titles such as Pure Sunshine and Purple Jesus and Burn the Fucker Down!, well, there's just no getting bored with this read!

Music lovers and curious souls alike will enjoy this unique, engaging read. Aside from his musical talents, Willie Nelson is also a gifted poetic writer with the ability to transcend the pages and have a chat with you in your living room (or wherever you choose to read this most entertaining memoir).

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