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In March 2006, Williams and her sister Holly were driving to their grandfather's funeral in Louisiana when she lost control of the car and rolled it several times, experiencing an out-of-body experience. In her first book, she tells her inspirational story of pain, recovery, and faith. Williams's narrative alternates between grueling recovery (14 surgeries in Memphis and nine more down the road) and her famous family, grandfather Hank Williams and father Hank Williams Jr. After her parents divorced, she, her mom, and her sister moved to Nashville and lived a normal "middle class life" (if swimming in Waylon Jennings's pool is normal). Stories about her grandfather, who died at 29, are few but fascinating. "It hurts to heal," Hilary recalls, describing one memorable low spot, when she stayed up most of the night because of a cold foot; her sock had come off and she "couldn't get out of bed, pick up the sock, and put it back on." This is an inspirational story for anyone who has ever experienced traumatic injury or been on the other side of the bed, and Hilary's family illustrates the strength that loved ones can offer in our darkest hours.
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In 2006, Hilary Williams, the 27-year-old daughter of Hank Williams, Jr., and the granddaughter of country icon Hank Williams, was driving to her maternal grandfather’s funeral in Louisiana, when she and her younger sister, Holly, were in a terrible car crash along legendary Highway 61. Williams recalls the details of the moment that she reached down to change a song on her iPod—Patty Griffin’s “Tony,” about a suicidal gay man—when their Toyota 4Runner skidded across the road and flipped over. Her sister was banged up, but Williams suffered the most severe damage: broken legs, ankle, back, collarbone, tailbone, pelvis, ribs as well as shattered hips. Worse, her heart stopped briefly before she could be revived again. This inspirational and sweetly written memoir recounts her many surgeries and her determination to get better. Although Williams also discusses the careers of her famous relatives, the brunt of the book is devoted to her long and arduous rehabilitation, and her triumphant return to the stage. Country-music fans will especially find it appealing. --June SawyersSee all Editorial Reviews
A wonderful book, but such heartbreaking experiences that she had to endure. A lady with real strength, courage and lots of LOVE from family and friends. Read morePublished 10 months ago by MRS. M
Terrific story; so interesting and well-written. Giving me hope to overcome the illnesses that have plagued me too, and given me a "reason to live" remembering all the fun... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Catherine Todd
I am a huge fan of Hank Sr. & Jr. So when I saw this on Jr.'s FB page I had to have it. This book is more than just Hillary's story of recovery from a horrible auto accident. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Todd Pickering
Very interesting story about daughter of Hank Williams Jr.who experienced a horrible accident and lived through it. After several surgeries, she began to heal. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Donna
I LOVE the williams family I have music by all and LOVED THIS EBOOK.! Once you distressingly won`t want to stop great book .Published on July 2, 2013 by pattie monroe
This is a very moving story of faith and a miracle of healing. As a nurse I read the extent of her injuries and truly believe god was with her and leading doctors and others to... Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by tpmanley
Hank Williams Sr. and Jr. are 2 of my favorite country singers. I know that both of their lives were touched by stardom and tragedy. Read morePublished on July 1, 2012 by granny
THIS BOOK ONCE I STARTED READING IT I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN, I WANTED TO READ IT ALL TILL THE END. ALL PAGES WERE HERE NO TORN PAGES, NO SOILED PAGES. Read morePublished on June 27, 2012 by Bonnie Hammons