Willie Nelson's facts of life


It seems like just about anyone in Hollywood can get either a reality TV show or a book deal these days. It doesn’t matter how obscure their name is; so long as they are rich and have some sort of tie to an actual celebrity, they’re as good as in.

Heck, if Snooki can write a book, then anyone can! Let’s just say she doesn’t appear to be the sharpest tool in the shed, so she undoubtedly had a lot of help — if not a ghostwriter. 

One celebrity that should have asked for help in penning his life tale is Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler. Talk about a wacked out piece of work. I won’t even call it literature, because it’s nowhere near that quality. I reluctantly finished the book, but not without a few dozen breaks between chapters. It was the absolutely worst book I’d ever read. He just rambles on and on about his childhood and makes references to things “normal” people probably would not understand. I think in order to relate to — or appreciate the book, you had to have been there. Or perhaps all you need to have done is partied as much as he did in his youth.

I recently spotted a book at Mesa Public Library that caught my eye. The author is Willie Nelson. I never really had an interest in learning about Willie Nelson, I figured I knew all I needed to know. He’s a country singer, he’s known as the “Redheaded Stranger,” he’s been in a few movies, he was part of the Highway Men and he’s been busted for possession of pot multiple times. But the book wasn’t that thick and the title, “The Facts of Life: And Other Dirty Jokes” sounded interesting, so I checked it out.

I wasn’t disappointed. I half expected a bunch of rambling nonsense, but what I found instead is what appeared to be excerpts from what could have been a diary. He talks about his life growing up in Texas, his life in the music business, his friends, his family and some of his experiences while traveling America’s highways. In between all that, he shares some lyrics, poems and of course, dirty jokes.

This might sound like a mish-mash of ideas — and it is. However, they are short paragraphs, so reading them doesn’t take a lot of time. In fact, if you have a few hours, you can finish the book in one day.

I’m currently reading another of Nelson’s books titled, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.” As you can imagine, he talks about his marijuana use in this one. But what’s more, is that he and his friends and family share their stories.

If you’re a Willie Nelson fan or just curious about one of the most iconic artists in country music, check out his books.