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Overview A raucous coming-of-age tale about the author's experiences of life in small-town Indiana recounts his awkward adolescence and unwavering crush on his sixth-grade teacher, a fixation for which he fruitlessly struggled to avoid getting promoted to junior high.
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.
Citations And Professional Reviews I Love You, Miss Huddleston: And Other Inappropriate Longings of My Indiana Childhood by Philip Gulley has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Kirkus Reviews - 02/15/2009
Publishers Weekly - 02/09/2009 page 46
Booklist - 02/15/2009 page 16
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.81" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Apr 14, 2009
ISBN 0060736593 ISBN13 9780060736590
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More About Philip Gulley
PHILIP GULLEY, a Quaker pastor, has become the voice of small-town American life. Along with writing Front Porch Tales, Hometown Tales, and For Everything a Season, he is the author of the Harmony series of novels. Gulley lives in Indiana with his wife, Joan, and their sons.
Philip Gulley currently resides in Danville, in the state of Indiana. Philip Gulley was born in 1944.
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Terriffic reading!!!!!!!!!! Dec 23, 2009
Philip Gulley is one of the most talented writers of his time. This book takes one back to the 60's and smalltown Indiana, a simpler time. The stories are funny and poignant and appropriate reading for all ages. A great addition to my collection of Philip's writings!
More great Gulley humor Dec 19, 2009
I work in a nursing home and I have read the whole Harmony series by Mr. Gulley to my residents this year. This embellished book gives us a chance to look back on times when kids weren't restrained in cars (and lived to tell about it) and were allowed to ride their bikes without fear of being kidnapped. It's a great book about growing up in small town USA as seen through the eyes of this extraordinary author.
BETTER than a fellow Hoosier, David Letterman, monologue Oct 23, 2009
Gulley is a master of "right word at the right place" getting an audible laugh from reading. Giggling from his writing is constant. Reading about Philip growing up in small-town Indiana even tops a Leno show. Gulley must have had a good childhood, but the way he shares his experiences through his writing makes the reader feel like one of his happy neighbors, if not a childhood pal.
Such delightful selection of words, for just the right moment. About a summer's garden abundance: "No calculator exists that can accurately extrapolate the tons of tomatoes generated by a hundred plants." Or the footnote on the church dealing with delinquency: "Quaker men, I would later learn after becoming one, are big believers in the redemptive powers of checkers." And "mothers were soothing our cowlicks with mother-spit..."
One liners infiltrate the story as frequently as salt crystals in a theatre box of Indiana's Weaver Popcorn. The fast-paced story progression and continuous clean, homey, humor is reminiscent of this author's much acclaimed series of Harmony books. This autobiography is the perfect start, followed then with the entire series. Don't forget the two Christmas specials, both so so-o-o funny, they are like Christmas classics. The wife and I actually sent copies out as Christmas cards to special friends.
Yes, I do own almost every Gulley book. His humorous books could potentially be equaled, but never surpassed in fun entertainment. You'd best read it twice because it is packed so full of laughs you'll likely miss some of the subtle humor during just one read. Recommended without reservation, and you don't even have to be a native of Indiana to enjoy. Just a kid at heart.
Even older youth will like "I LOVE YOU, MISS HUDDLESTON". With this site's price--IT IS A BARGAIN BARREL OF LAUGHS.
An American Treasure Sep 29, 2009
In addition to his delightfully re-readable books about "Harmony" (Home To Harmony, Almost Friends, Christmas in Harmony, Just Shy of Harmony, Signs and Wonders, Life Goes On, A Change of Heart) Gulley is the author of several volumes of essays (Front Porch Tales, For Everything a Season, Porch Tale, Hometown Tales, If Grace Is True, If God Is Love). This is his first set of memoirs, in the spirit of Bill Bryson's Thunderbolt Kid stories. In 23 chapters plus an epilogue, Gulley tells tales of small town Midwest childhood adventures that will encourage writers to set pen to paper to tell their own true stories, it's that inspirational. In the preface, Gulley says 'memory is the story we tell ourselves about the past, full of distortions, wishful thinking, and unfulfilled dreams.' This is his version of his adolescence, and I warn you not to eat or drink while you are reading it or you may have milk shooting out of your nose. Gulley is a superb storyteller, a reweaver of facts into a comforting blanket of possibility. If you haven't discovered his writing, this is a great introduction. My only regret is that he doesn't write books for kids (although this would make a terrific read-aloud start for an autobiography unit for middle- and high-schoolers.) He's an American treasure.
Gulley Does It Again!!! Sep 8, 2009
In his lovable style of presenting all of our memories in a way that makes us laugh out loud at ourselves, Gulley has hit another literary homerun!