The Facts of Life and Other Dirty Jokes by Willie Nelson

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If you had to give America a voice, it’s been said more than once, that voice would be Willie Nelson’s. For more than fifty years, he’s taken the stuff of his life-the good and the bad-and made from it a body of work that has become a permanent part of our musical heritage and kept us company through the good and the bad of our own lives. Long before he became famous as a performer, Willie Nelson was known as a songwriter, keeping his young family afloat by writing songs-like “Crazy”-that other people turned into hits.

So it’s fitting, and cause for celebration, that he has finally set down in his own words, a book that does justice to his great gifts as a storyteller. In The Facts of Life, Willie Nelson reflects on what has mattered to him in life and what hasn’t. He also tells some great dirty jokes. The result is a book as wise and hilarious as its author. It’s not meant to be taken seriously as an instruction manual for living-but you could do a lot worse.


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About Willie Nelson

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Born in Abbott, Texas, on April 29, 1933, Willie Nelson is one of the most popular, prolific, and influential songwriters and singers in the history of American music. He has been inducted into a number of music halls of fame, was named a Kennedy Center honoree in 1998, and was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. He has recorded more than one hundred albums over six decades, appeared in several films, and is the author of two New York Times bestsellers: Willie: An Autobiography and The Facts of Life and Other Dirty Jokes.
 
Published March 10, 2009 by Random House. 248 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Nelson started out writing lyrics for country stars like Patsy Cline (“Crazy”), he’s cut more than 100 albums in 50 years, and now he decides to while away the hours touring the country on his bus, Honeysuckle Rose III, by writing a memoir.

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Beginning with a request to preteens to ""please only read every third word,"" Willie Nelson proceeds to reveal his thoughtful, hilarious, raunchy inner world in his memoir The Facts of Life: And Other Dirty Jokes.

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Entertainment Weekly

That's what makes the jukebox play.'' B- Originally posted Feb 08, 2002 Published in issue #638 Feb 08, 2002 Order article reprints

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Austin Chronicle

by Willie Nelson Random House, 202 pp., $21.95 In some circles, this book is being talked up as Willie Nelson's autobiography.

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