My Daddy Was a Pistol and I'm a Son of a Gun

My Daddy Was a Pistol and I'm a Son of a Gun

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Lewis Grizzard always makes us laugh. But this time, when he tells us all about his father--a certified war hero and a shameless passer of bad checks . . . a charmer of men and women and a consummate con artist . . . a man of great courage and an alcoholic destined to drink himself to death--he's going to make us cry, too. And he's going to give us a hilarious, moving account of that "tender, spooky territory: that country of the heart inhabited by fathers and sons."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 237 pages
  • 138 x 214 x 18mm | 320g
  • NewSouth Books
  • Montgomery, Albania
  • English
  • 1588382745
  • 9781588382740
  • 2,541,263

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"Lewis Grizzard has a way with words, but it is more than that. He sees and says things that most of us only dimly perceive and then don't even mention." --Miami Herald
"A heartfelt look at unconditional love." --Philadelphia Inquirer
"Funny and sometimes gut-wrenching . . . you don't even have to like Grizzard or his opinions to appreciate My Daddy Was a Pistol. You just need a father you love." --Salisbury Post
"Warmth and surprising depth . . . his daddy would be deeply pleased and proud of his son." --Sacramento Bee
"Offers a stronger, sadder theme to the usual mix of good-ol'-boy joke telling . . . By the end of the book it is hard to remember when it stopped trying to be funny and hard to forget that powerful image of a good man gone astray." --Kirkus Reviews
"A bittersweet account of a son coming to grips with a broken home . . . The younger Grizzard's brand of humor is good-ol'-boy, deeply drawlin', and occasionally red-necked. He takes no prisoners." --Chicago Tribune
"A sad book, a funny book, a very human book -- and one that Lewis Grizzard had to write." --The Courier-Times
"His most serious book -- both sad and moving." --The Florida Times-Union
"Lewis Grizzard can make you laugh from the belly and a moment later you will suddenly get misty and you are certain that something has got in your eye." --San Diego Union
"Lewis Grizzard is funny. Almost always. But he also has the ability to start you laughing and, while you are in the middle of a good belly laugh, change directions on you . . . He can leave you openmouthed and with a tear in you heart." --Chattanooga Times
"Deeply felt . . . entertaining and eloquent." --The New York Times Book Review
"Tender, spooky territory: that country of the heart inhabited by fathers and sons." --Atlanta Journal & Constitution
"It will tear your heart, will make you laugh, but most of all, will reintroduce the art of remembering." --The News
"It will affect and delight you and then long afterward, persist in your memory." --Detroit Free Press
"Vintage Grizzard. You will not want to miss it!" --San Diego Union
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