I Took a Lickin' and Kept on Tickin' (And Now I Believe in Miracles)

I Took a Lickin' and Kept on Tickin' (And Now I Believe in Miracles)

by Lewis Grizzard

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This book is about a miracle.

There's just no other way to describe what happened.

When Lewis Grizzard went in for his latest heart surgery - a replacement for his much-publicized pig valve - he assumed it would be another ordinary, humdrum hospital nightmare. He'd been through plenty of those. Little did he dream that, while on the operating table, his heart would stop. And stop dead in its tracks - the key word here being "dead." For Lewis Grizzard was, in fact, as good as gone. His ticker didn't work for three days. He was in a coma for weeks. His doctors said his chances of survival were nil. He even saw the glowing white light at the end of the tunnel. For most people, that would be a sign that heaven was just around the corner. For Lewis - just his luck - it turned out to be a K-mart tire sale.

I Took a Lickin' and Kept on Tickin' (and Now I believe in Miracles) is the extraordinary journey that took America's most popular humorist all the way to Russia (Lewis would have us believe he'd rather go through another heart operation than use Russian toilet paper again) to the Den of the Bloodsuckers (otherwise known to most people as hospital orderlies) to the very brink of death - and back again. In great detail - ranging from the horrendous and painful to hilarious and heartwarming - we see, close up, what it's like to come as near as a man can come to dying.

Lewis would rather not make such a journey again, but even he must admit it was a trip worth taking, for, at death's door, he learned all the lessons he'll ever need about life.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013457485
Publisher: Green E-Books
Publication date: 12/05/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,019,871
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

LEWIS GRIZZARD, JR., was an American writer and humorist known for his commentary on the American South. Although he spent his early career as a newspaper sportswriter and editor, becoming the sports editor of the Atlanta Journal at age 23, he was much better known for his humorous newspaper columns in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a popular stand-up comedian and lecturer. Grizzard published a total of 25 books, including collections of his columns (e.g., Chili Dawgs Always Bark at Night), expanded versions of his stand-up comedy routines (I Haven't Understood Anything Since 1962), and the autobiographical If I Ever Get Back to Georgia, I'm Gonna Nail My Feet to the Ground. Although much of his comedy discussed the South and Grizzard's personal and professional lives, it was also a commentary on issues prevalent throughout America, including relationships between men and women (e.g., If Love Were Oil, I'd Be About a Quart Low), politics, and health. Grizzard passed away in 1994.

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