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They Tore Out My Heart and Stomped That Sucker Flat

Lewis Grizzard

NewSouth Books
$9.95 paperback
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
140 pages
September 2010

They Tore Out My Heart and Stomped That Sucker Flat, first published in 1982, has sold more than 100,000 copies. Without skipping a beat, one of America’s favorite humorists, Lewis Grizzard tells of the early stirrings of his wayward heart in the backseat of a ’57 Chevy and the ominous murmurings that led him at age 35 to major surgery and the real answer to his question, “How much is this going to hurt?”  In the process he discovers all the ways a heart can break. Young love. Three marriages.  His father’s death.  And why his entire future suddenly depended on a little pig.  He tells the truth—the whole truth—the kind that has readers laughing through their tears.


"It makes you feel good to know a person can face the tubes, wires, knives, and needles of major heart surgery and make you laugh about it." —United Press International
"His funniest book... it will strike a responsive chord in anyone who ever has come face-to-face with a gimlet-eyed surgeon who is about three payments behind on his Mercedes." —Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Lewis Grizzard thinks funny." —San Diego Union
"Imagine Andy Rooney with a Georgia accent ... and a sense of humor." —Houston Post