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If I Ever Get Back to Georgia, I'm Going to Nail My Feet to the Ground

Lewis Grizzard

NewSouth Books
$17.95 paperback
5½ x 8½           
308 pages
July 2012

The late Lewis Grizzard got his first newspaper job when he was 10 years old. Thirty-odd years later (30 very odd years), he was still in the newspaper business and still infuriated by it, still tickled by it, and still very much in love with it. If I Ever Get Back to Georgia, I’m Gonna Nail My Feet to the Ground is all about that anger, that great humor, and that even greater passion for something that affects every single one of us: the daily newspaper.
Grizzard begins with his first writing job (covering a boys’ church-league team in Newnan, Georgia) and continues through his college years in Athens, Georgia, where he learned how to do such things as prepare a front-page headline and layout in case Jesus Christ ever returned to earth (headline: “HE’S BACK!”). He then examines his tenure at the Chicago Sun-Times, during which he lost his second wife, his cool, and very nearly his sanity but also learned an awful lot about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This may be Grizzard’s funniest book.



“Lewis Grizzard is one of America’s zaniest writers.”
Orlando Sentinel
“. . . a comical and insightful look into the usually crazy world of the daily newspaper.”
Library Journal