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

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Harper Collins, Apr 14, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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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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User Review  - laura121971 - LibraryThing

A+ I Love You, Miss Huddleston is a wonderful reminiscence into Philip Gulley's Indiana Childhood. In the same great style as 'A Christmas Story'; it leaves the reader feeling as if they were right there with Philip during his hilarious childhood years. Read full review

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User Review  - roydknight - LibraryThing

Absolutely fell in love with this book. I was familiar with Gulley from his other more thelogical works cowritten with James Mulholland (also very good!), so I was delighted to find a work so vastly ... Read full review

Contents

My Perilous Start
1
Our New Digs
9
Dreams of Greatness
21
My Pointless Suffering
33
Big Business
45
Vacations
55
My Family Tree Imagined and Otherwise
69
Miss Huddleston
79
My Sporadic Uprisings
143
Bicycle Glories
157
Mildred
169
The Faith of My Father
181
Bill and Bunny
189
Government Work
201
My Grocery Days
211
Driving
223

Carnival
91
My Dalliance with Religion
103
Halloween
115
Old Men
123
My Many Shames
133
The Blizzard
233
Leaving Home
243
Epilogue
249
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About the author (2009)

Philip Gulley is a Quaker minister, writer, husband, and father. He is the bestselling author of Front Porch Tales, the acclaimed Harmony series, and is coauthor of If Grace Is True and If God Is Love. Gulley lives with his wife and two sons in Indiana, and is a frequent speaker at churches, colleges, and retreat centers across the country.

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