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The Facts of Life and Other Dirty Jokes

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  252 ratings  ·  27 reviews
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. So it’s fitting, and cause for cel...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published April 8th 2003 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published 2002)
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Michael
Dec 02, 2012 Michael rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Michael by: my son Justin
I recently finished another book on or by Willie of which I have posted a review. This was given to me by my middle child syndrome son Justin. I guess I'm on a Willie roll.

So, here's how I see it. Willie is on the bus on the road between shows. He just pushed the vaporizer away and turned on the recorder. Now he's kicked back with some liquid refreshment. He's relaxed and just lets his mind and tongue wander where they will go.

Some of the jokes were funny enough to make me laugh out loud and say...more
Nikki
Aug 09, 2008 Nikki is currently reading it
I just began reading this today. I bought it at Magers & Quinn yesterday for $8.99, hardcover. IT IS GOING TO BE AMAZING. It is full of awesome old photographs of baby Willie as well as this passage:

My first public appearance was in Brooken, Texas. We were at the annual Brooken Homecoming, with all-day singing and dinner on the ground. i was five years old. My poem was given to me by Mama Nelson to recite at the singing and performing part of "singing and dinner on the ground." I guess I was...more
James
Better than some of the other biographies. More "honest" voice for Willie. If you're in the market for a Willie biography, check this one out.
Chris
Hilarious stories from the coolest uncle you never had. Doesn't really go anywhere, but a damn good read.
J
Good ol' Willie. Country Willie. Shotgun Willie. The red headed stranger. This guy has written more good songs than several of his contemporaries and still seems to be going strong. His songs are incredible. "Bloody Mary Morning", "I Gotta' Get Drunk", "Hello Walls". There are the touching tales of passionate love and heart wrenching heartbreak; "Crazy", "Wake Me When It's Over", "Three Days" and one of my personal favorites, "Time Of The Preacher". And Willie managed to sum up the lighter and d...more
Jeff
Eh, OK. My friend recommended this book so I gave it a try. pretty funny with noooo organization whatsoever. wish there was a little more about Willie and a little less song lyric page filler. Quick read though.
Fox
The Facts of Life: and Other Dirty Jokes was a quick, pretty engaging read. The jokes in it were corny and predictably fantastic, and some of the diary-ish entries were well written. I finished it in a couple of days, but never felt that I really got into.

I've never much listened to Willie Nelson's music, so the lyrics didn't really strike any chord with me. I feel that if I had been listening to his albums I really would have enjoyed that kind of stuff. I loved his anecdotes, and I loved his jo...more
Jason
I really wanted to give this book a "higher" rating...I really did. However, I could have used a lot more facts, delved out through truly humorous anecdotes, and a lot less sets of song lyrics. I love Willie's music, and if I want to listen to Willie's music...I would LISTEN to Willie's music. That being said...I wanted to give the book a higher rating because the jokes were excellent (some are certainly not for the prudish reader, as he himself volunteers early on). Reading this book is kind of...more
ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ
I may like Willie Nelson's music, but this book was hard to read. I choose it over some others about him because he actually wrote it. It's 1/3 (or more!) song lyrics, 1/3 jokes (most dirty and not all funny), and that leaves only 1/3 for stuff Willie actually wrote. Mostly he retold old stories and some stuff about touring on the road.

One HIGHLY annoying bit about the book is where he said he sent the first bit of the book into the publisher and the publisher liked it. In itself that isn't bad...more
Jane
Aug 31, 2009 Jane added it
Now I see why people have all those different categories in their bookshelves. I mean, I enjoyed this book, but it can't compare with "Thousand Splendid Suns" or others that I've given 4 stars to. If I could just compare it with other memoirs, that might be easier.
Anyway, if you're a Willie fan, you like vulgar jokes, or want a nice easy read, I recommend this book.
Craig Machen
This book is about 50% song lyrics, 15% corny jokes, and what's left... Oh yes, 35% stories. The stories alone are worth the price of admission (or the trip to the library), and of course Willie Nelson is one of the great song writers of all time, so the lyrics are pretty amazing.

A really fun read that you can probably finish in an hour.
Jennifer
I really loved the stories and pictures in this book. I also liked the song lyrics as many if them took me back to my childhood. For me, the jokes were hit and miss. I agree with the reviewer who said that you have to like Willie to like this book. I do. :)
Maria
If you aren't a fan of Willie Nelson you won't find the humor in this book. It is very raw and contains many dirty jokes and stories, like the title states. I found it funny and a great insight to a great musician's mind.
David Ward
The Facts of Life and Other Dirty Jokes by Willie Nelson (Random House 2002)(780.92) is a combination joke book, journal, and lyric sheet. He tells some good stories and includes some remarkable pictures. 7/10, finished 9/28/11.
Kristie (fabk)
Funny Funny Funny. A quick engaging read. It was interesting to hear abit about his life here and there and than read the song lyrics that he wrote at or about that time. Very good!
Robyn Obermeyer
I enjoy Willie Nelson's sense of humor as much as I enjoy his music and salt of the earth attitude! I love his contibutions to worthy causes such as Farm Aid!
Jim Bouchard
An American hero and icon of our nearly lost independent outlaw spirit. This book is funny, warm, endearing and completely self-effacing.
Stephanie Anderson
Picked up the book this morning, and finished it tonight. One of the funniest books Ive ever read.
Star Valdez
A little taste of old boy humor mixed with the raw truth.
C A
Anything by or about Willie Nelson-The Outlaw-great read!
Eeyore
This book was actually pretty funny. I really enjoyed it.
Daniel Hooker
A harmless romp set to the tune of "Hello Walls"
Tami Trevaskis
Funny story! Love Willie Nelson! What a poet!
Jenn
It's more like Willie's journal. He's great!
Danine Spencer
I love Willie but this was boring.
Kim Johnson
It's Willie. What's not to love?
James
Sep 06, 2009 James added it
Silly Willie!
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