The World's Largest Man

The World's Largest Man

A Memoir

Book - 2015
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Sly, heartfelt, and tirelessly hilarious, The World's Largest Man is an unforgettable memoir--the story of a boy's struggle to reconcile himself with an impossibly outsized role model, a grown man's reckoning with the father it took him a lifetime to understand.
Harrison, with his love of books and excessive interest in hugging, couldn't have been less like Pop, and when it became clear that he was not able to kill anything very well or otherwise make his father happy, he resolved to become everything his father was not: an actor, a Presbyterian, and a doctor of philosophy. But when it was time to settle down and start a family of his own, Harrison started to view his father in a new light, and realized--for better and for worse--how much of his old man he'd absorbed.
Harrison Scott Key was born in Memphis, but he grew up in Mississippi, among pious, Bible-reading women and men who either shot things or got women pregnant. At the center of his world was his larger-than-life father--a hunter, a fighter, a football coach, "a man better suited to living in a remote frontier wilderness of the nineteenth century than contemporary America, with all its progressive ideas, and paved roads, and lack of armed duels. He was a great man, and he taught me many things: How to fight, how to work, how to cheat, how to pray to Jesus about it, how to kill things with guns and knives and, if necessary, with hammers."
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, [2015]
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780062351494
0062351494
Branch Call Number: 818x KEY KEY
Characteristics: 335 pages ; 24 cm

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Cynthia_N Jan 03, 2017

Good solid read of a father-son relationship. Towards the end he is wanting his father to move closer to him and he realizes that after spending the majority of his life trying to put distance between himself and his father, he is finally wanting to pull him closer.

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