Paisley’s “Diary” Hits NYT Best-Seller List

Brad Paisley’s first major book, Diary Of A Player, was released on Nov. 1 and is celebrating its second consecutive week on the New York Times Best-Seller List.

Co-written with David Wild, contributing editor to Rolling Stone and Emmy-nominated television writer and producer, Diary of a Player reached No. 34 on the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction chart for Nov. 22.

The book was memorably spoofed on the Nov. 9 CMA Awards by co-host Carrie Underwood, who tossed it over her shoulder when Paisley asked if she’d been reading anything interesting.

Published by Paisley with Howard Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, Diary of a Player serves as Paisley’s salute to the guitar gods of country, blues, and rock & roll who have shaped his life. “No matter how I have changed, learned and evolved as a person, the guitar has been a major part of it, and really the only constant,” Paisley wrote as an explanation of the book in the liner notes for his album Play. “You can get through some real tough moments with that guitar on your knee. When life gets intense, there are people who drink, who seek counseling, eat, watch TV, pray, cry, sleep, and so on. I play.”

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