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Synopsis: Stanford Alumni Assoc. Trade Paperback with 116 pgs. - Nancy Parker remembers her childhood and her family, especially her principled, incorruptible, difficult, childlike father, with so much warmth and humor and affection that I come out of her stories with the illusion that I knew these people myself, and that I shared their family-eye view of political events, including some very significant ones. George Huddleston was a maverick congressman from Alabama from 1915 to 1937. When he died in 1960, the newspaper he had sued in 1918 commented that "his records defy all efforts to catalog him."
From Publishers Weekly:
These seven enjoyable essays, previously published in the Kenyon Review and other journals, celebrate family and American life, and focus on the author's father, an Alabama Congressman from 1915-37 who was "a stern, just man, affectionate, but rather remote." Graceful writing that is original and insightful often pleases: "My Saturday movie dime was entrusted to my brother George," remembers Packer who is the youngest child. "As if poverty had made me mute, the ice cream man would ask my sister Jane what flavor I wanted." In "Lee's Lieutenants," she recalls their Sunday outings to Civil War battlefields and affirms the need for a sense of family ancestry. The humorous "The Man Who Loved the Scenery" recreates the harum-scarum Huddleston clan car trips through the mountains and her parents' spirited repartee on the road. Packer repeatedly captures the emotional moments that, over years, comprise the warp and woof of the family fabric. Jocular incidents are her forte, and at times the reminiscence is hilarious. However, some writings lose their narrative flow to biography, and the last, "The Man Who Said No," is an analysis of George Huddleston's political career. Yet, a witty and wholesome spirit animates each of the pieces here, and we only wish that there were more of them. An O. Henry winner and professor of creative writing at Stanford University, Packer is the author of Small Moments.
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Title: In My Father's House: Tales of an ...
Publisher: John Daniel Publisher
Publication Date: 1988
Book Condition: Good
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Book Description Stanford Alumni Association, California, 1988. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. In very good, clean condition. Packer tells of her life growing up in a family with five siblings and a father who was a maverick congressman from Alabama from 1915-1937. The tales are about growing up in the South and the details of family life as observed and recorded by the youngest of the children. Size: 6 1/2 x 9. Bookseller Inventory # 4538-2
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Book Description Stanford Alumni Aassociation, Stanford, 1988. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. This copy is NEAR FINE; the text is clear, bright, and unmarked; binding is tight but edges show aging. Apparent first edition (not noted but earliest appearance of book). STATED FIRST PRINTING. The covers are fine: intact in all ways, including perfect color and design, but slightest wear on edges. We have a five star rating because of our fulfilment success and because our descriptions are accurate. We ship all books to U.S. buyers with Tracking. We guarantee: NO NASTY SURPRISES. Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 003650
Book Description JOHN DANIEL. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Good. TRADE PAPERBACK Legendary independent bookstore online since 1994. Reliable customer service and no-hassle return policy. Biography>General. Book: USED, Good. Bookseller Inventory # 01978091631832101. Bookseller Inventory # 01978091631832101
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Book Description John Daniel Publisher. Book Condition: Very Good. . Paperback. Clean, well read copy in very good condition. . . . . . Bookseller Inventory # KLJ0006267
Book Description Stanford Alumni Association, Santa Barbara, CA, 1988. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. VG+ condition; "peel" of sorts noted lower left front cover, probably sticker removed; cover corner tips have slight upward curve from use. 116 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 003418