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Publisher's Summary

The untold story of Willie Nelson and his sister, Bobbie, who, over the course of their lives together, supported each other through personal tragedies and triumphs and forged an unbreakable bond through their shared love of music

“Tender and intimate.”—The New Yorker
“Poignant, beautiful, heartfelt.”—New York Journal of Books

ONE OF THE BEST MUSIC BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Rolling Stone, Kirkus Reviews

Abandoned by their parents as toddlers, Willie and Bobbie Nelson found their love of music almost immediately through their grandparents, who raised them in a small Texas town. Their close relationship was the longest-lasting bond in both their lives.

In alternating chapters, this heartfelt dual memoir weaves together both their stories as they experienced them side by side and apart. The Nelsons share powerful, emotional moments from growing up, playing music in public for the first time, and facing trials in adulthood, as Willie pursued songwriting and Bobbie faced a series of challenging relationships and a musical career that took off only when attitudes about women began to change in Texas. This is Bobbie’s only memoir, and in it she candidly shares her life story in full. Her deeply affecting chapters delve into her personal relationships and life as a mother and as a musician with technical skills that even Willie admits surpass his own. In his poignant stories, Willie shares the depth of his bond with his sister, and how that bond carried him through his most troubled moments. Willie and Bobbie supported each other through unthinkable personal heartbreak, and they always shared in each other’s victories. Through dizzying highs and traumatic lows, spanning almost nine decades of life, Willie and Bobbie always had each other’s back.

Their story is an inspiring, lyrical statement of how family always finds the way.

©2020 Willie Nelson, Bobbie Nelson, David Ritz (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Written in gritty, unapologetic Texas jargon, in short chapters alternating between Willie and Bobbie, Me and Sister Bobbie, a poignant, beautiful, heartfelt co-memoir, delights and astounds.”New York Journal of Books 

“Tender and intimate.”The New Yorker 

“Nelson and Family Band fans will relish even the details they already knew, and readers just seeking a mostly uplifting family story will be pleased as well.”Rolling Stone 

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Willie and Bobbie Nelson Are The Best of Friends

I have loved Willie Nelson since my mother discovered his album, Red Headed Stranger. My dad had red hair and my mother loved Willie maybe for his red hair. I grew up in Tulsa so had the country vibe from birth. Fortunately, my husband is also a fan. I loved this book. The narration started off a bit slow but after I got into the personality of Bobbie I could see how she grew up in a time when women turned to men for everything. She was a very talented musician in her own right but most of her fame came from playing with Willie. Glad she finally was able to join the band is share in the fame. Country music is not all fun and easy even when talented as Willie and Waylon demonstrated. I was pleased to finally find out who Paul is in the song 'Me and Paul' and to know they have been friends forever. This book is only 7 hours long and I wanted to have more about the later years but maybe there will be a sequel. They have a few more years left to travel and perform. Good genes. Thank you Willie and Bobbie for sharing your personal happenings. Glad you both are survivors.

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real love between a brother and sister 👍 loyalty

what an awesome story. a lot of sad a lot of happy and most of all the love of music and family That's what I heard through the whole book from Willie and sister Bobby.

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Me and Sister Bobbie-fantastic

One of the best autobiographies I’ve read. Filled with faith, family, song, & reflections about life.

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An Interesting Look at these Siblings

WOW - I'd heard tales of Willie's unusual life but loved how this book pulled the brother and sister together to tell their sides of growing up together. The unabashed love for each other and the honesty about decisions in their life was refreshing. What was most impressive was that neither of them ever lost their faith....and there were times when I'm sure that was difficult.

A wonderful story providing great insight into their lives.

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Loved it!

How can you not love hearing Willie and Bobbi's voices as they talk about their life story. Never realizing what an impact she had on his life, Bobbi's story was beautiful although sometimes sad. But such is life! As they both moved around the country, the people that impact their lives come and go. But their relationship is never ending. It would be a relationship we would all wish for - the bond of a sister and brother.

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I thought it rather monotonous to listen to. Would not recommend it to any body.

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❤️

Loved, loved, loved this book. I originally wasn’t going to listen to the audio since I have the hardback version but when I found out it was read by the authors I couldn’t pass it up.
If you are a true Willie Nelson fan and love him as much as I do you will absolutely love listening to this book.

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what a great book

I've always enjoyed Willie's music but but was unsure of his lifestyle. However, after listening to this book it's a lot easier to understand a lot of why he is the way he is. Lots of tragedy and lots of comedy along the way in his and Bobby's life. Please read or listen and enjoy their story.

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family, faith love and heartache

Listen and read it the same afternoon I bought this. This is a story of life raw and a story of staying together as a family is everything.

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A wonderful sibling story

As a life long Willie fan, it was refreshing to hear a new point of view and to hear how the two siblings lives were so dependant on each others. It is a very heart warming, make you laugh , make you cry kind of tale. Thank both for so many years of wonderful music and now a lovely book.

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Loved it!

Brilliant! Thank you Willie and Bobby for letting us into your lives. Easy listening! ♥️♥️