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My Daddy Was a Pistol and I'm a Son of a Gun
A touching, humorous book, part autobiography, part the story of the author and his relationship with his father, part what it's like to grow up Southern--and a Southern male at that. This is a book written from deep in the heart.
Hardcover, 245 pages
Published August 12th 1986 by Villard
(first published 1986)
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Recently read this one. I liked it much more than I thought I would. It's definitely a regional book about Southern culture, but it's mostly a book about a boy's love for his father, despite the ups and downs of life--abandonment, alcoholism. A neighbor lent it to me and it took awhile for me to get into it, but once I did, I enjoyed it a lot and feel like I'm a better person for reading it. Even made me cry.
Lewis Grizzard is normally quite hilarious and is one of my favorite comedic writers (like Don't Bend Over in the Garden Granny, You Know them Taters Got Eyes and Shoot Low Boys, They're Riding Shetland Ponies) but this book was about his father and although funny at times, was overall very sad. I cried at the end. Such a tear-jerker but still a great book.
Sep 13, 2014 David rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
My Daddy Was A Pistol and I'm a Son of a Gun by Lewis Grizzard (Dell 1988)(Biography). This is part of Lewis' autobiography /biography of his wandering harddrinking father. My rating: 7/10, finished 1989.
Feb 22, 2008 James rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
As funny as the rest of Grizzard's books and the most touching of them all - his account of the life of his alcoholic war hero con man father and their relationship.
American writer and humorist, known for his Southern demeanor and commentary on the American South. Although he spent his early career as a newspaper sports writer and editor, becoming the sports editor of the Atlanta Journal at age 23, he is much better known for his humorous newspaper columns in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a popular stand-up comedian & lecturer.More about Lewis Grizzard...
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