I Love You, Miss Huddleston: And Other Inappropriate Longings of My Indiana Childhood

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I Love You, Miss Huddleston: And Other Inappropriate Longings of My Indiana Childhood

Format:  Paperback,

251 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Apr 2009

ISBN-13: 9780061720208

ISBN-10: 0061720208

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With his ear for the small town and his knack for finding the needle of humor in life's haystack, Philip Gulley might well be Indiana's answer to Missouri's Mark Twain. In "I Love You, Miss Huddleston" we are transported to 1970's Danville, Indiana, the everyone-knows-your-business town where Gulley still lives today, to witness the uproarious story of Gulley's young life, including his infatuation with his comely sixth-grade teacher, his dalliance with sin--eating meat on Friday and inappropriate activities with a mannequin named Ginger--and his checkered start with organized religion.

Sister Mary John had shown us a flannelgraph of the apostles receiving the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. They looked quite happy, except that their hair was on fire. . . . I was suspicious of a religion whose highpoint was the igniting of one's head, and my enthusiasm for church, which had never been great, began to fade.

Even as Kennedy was facing down Khrushchev, Danny Millardo and his band of youthful thugs conducted a reign of terror still unmatched in the annals of Indiana history. With Gulley's sharp wit and keen observation, "I Love You, Miss Huddleston" captures these dramas and more, revisiting a childhood of unrelieved and happy chaos.

From beginning to end, Gulley recalls the hilarity (and heightened dangers) of those wonder years and the easy charm of midwestern life.

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Apr 2009
ISBN-13: 9780061720208
ISBN-10: 0061720208
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 251
Large Print: Yes
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 0.67 x 8.98

Chapter outline

Prefacep. vii
My Perilous Startp. 1
Our New Digsp. 9
Dreams of Greatnessp. 21
My Pointless Sufferingp. 33
Big Businessp. 45
Vacationsp. 55
My Family Tree, Imagined and Otherwisep. 69
Miss Huddlestonp. 79
Carnivalp. 91
My Dalliance with Religionp. 103
Halloweenp. 115
Old Menp. 123
My Many Shamesp. 133
My Sporadic Uprisingsp. 143
Bicycle Gloriesp. 157
Mildredp. 169
The Faith of My Fatherp. 181
Bill and Bunnyp. 189
Government Workp. 201
My Grocery Daysp. 211
Drivingp. 223
The Blizzardp. 233
Leaving Homep. 243
Epiloguep. 249

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With his ear for the small town and his knack for finding the needle of humor in life's haystack, Philip Gulley might well be Indiana's answer to Missouri's Mark Twain. In I Love You, Miss Huddleston we are transported to 1970's Danville, Indiana, the everyone-knows-your-business town where Gulley still lives today, to witness the uproarious story of Gulley's young life, including his infatuation with his comely sixth-grade teacher, his dalliance with sin—eating meat on Friday and inappropriate activities with a mannequin named Ginger—and his checkered start with organized religion.

Sister Mary John had shown us a flannelgraph of the apostles receiving the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. They looked quite happy, except that their hair was on fire... I was suspicious of a religion whose highpoint was the igniting of one's head, and my enthusiasm for church, which had never been great, began to fade.

Even as Kennedy was facing down Khrushchev, Danny Millardo and his band of youthful thugs conducted a reign of terror still unmatched in the annals of Indiana history. With Gulley's sharp wit and keen observation, I Love You, Miss Huddleston captures these dramas and more, revisiting a childhood of unrelieved and happy chaos.

From beginning to end, Gulley recalls the hilarity (and heightened dangers) of those wonder years and the easy charm of midwestern life.

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