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My daddy was a pistol [and I'm a son of a gun]
Grizzard, Lewis, 1946-1994.
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Publication Information:
[New York] : Random House ; Holmes, Penn. : Sound Editions, [1987]

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1 audiocassette (approximately 90 min.) : Dolby processed
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This is a very special memoir, an unabashed confession of first a boy's, then a man's love for his father. As Lewis says. "To love someone unconditionally-as I loved Daddy-is to remember nuances that made such an object of love unique and impossible to replace." He was a man of contradictions, of lusty appetites, of rare warmth. He was a charmer of men and women and a consummate con artist. A certified war hero and a shameless passer of bad checks. Fans will love this funny and poignant memoir told as only Lewis Grizzard can.

Author Notes

Lewis McDonald Grizzard, Jr. was a humorist and columnist for the Atlanta Constitution and the Atlanta Journal. His columns have been collected into several books such as Won't You Come Home, Billy Bob Bailey? (1980), Don't Sit Under the Grits Tree With Anyone Else But Me (1981), and When My Love Returns From the Ladies Room, Will I Be Too Old to Care? (1987). He also published several autobiographical accounts, including a memoir about his father, My Daddy Was a Pistol and I'm a Son of a Gun (1986), and the best-selling They Tore Out My Heart and Stomped That Sucker Flat (1982), a collection of pieces about his heart surgery.

Grizzard was born in 1946 in Columbus, Georgia, graduated from the University of Georgia in 1967, and began work as a sportswriter. As his columns became popular, they were syndicated in hundreds of newspapers, leading to speaking engagements nationwide. Grizzard died in 1994 of brain damage resulting from his heart surgery.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

Grizzard's father died 16 years ago, and every day since then his son has thought about him. This affecting memoir by the noted Southern journalist is ``about his life and his hard times, about how much I loved him,'' and how, even at 40, ``I'm still crying for him.'' Every man is special to his son, but Grizzard Senior certainly qualifies as a ``character.'' He was a decorated war hero who was later forced out of the Army, a teacher and coach who was an impressive influence on his students and players, a con man who could smooth-talk money from strangers, and a drunk. As a portrait of a complicated man this book is recommended, and also for the sometimes astute things it has to say about father-son relationships and male rites of passage in contemporary America. Charles Michaud, Turner Free Lib., Randolph, Mass. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.