Key is a Southern humorist who writes for The Oxford American. One blurber used the nice, old fashioned word “droll” to describe this wry, lovingly-told recollection about being a bookish boy in the Deep South with a larger-than-life father who was a hunter, fighter, football coach, and “a great man [who] taught me many things: how to fight and work and cheat and how to pray to Jesus about it, how to kill things with guns and knives and, if necessary, with hammers.” Nice choice for Father’s Day tables.
“Consistently seasoned with laughs, this memoir is adroitly warm and deep when it is called for. An uncommonly entertaining story replete with consistent wit and lethal weaponry.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Confused by the sidewalks and the Boy Scouts, Key’s father, Pop, moves the family from Memphis to Mississippi for a true country upbringing complete with guns and elaborately interwoven family trees….What [Key] ends up delivering is a hilarious portrait of what it means to grow up and build one’s own story, yet never fully being able to separate oneself from the people and places that shape us….Smart, funny, and wildly engaging, this personal narrative of a man’s bumpy relationship with his upbringing and specifically his father is beyond relatable. It reads like fiction that is too crazy to be anything but truth. Fans of memoir, personal essays, and humor writing will devour this in one sitting.”
— Library Journal
“If you want to know where comedy writers come from, meet Harrison Key. In the spirit of David Sedaris, Harrison delivers a collection of personal stories that are laugh-out loud funny and painfully self-aware. When he introduces you to his family, a collection of football and gun nuts from Mississippi, he does it with a brutal honesty that spares no one, including himself. It works because as much as his family can’t figure out where he came from, he can’t figure it out either. A great read.”
— Joe Birbiglia, Sleepwalk With Me
The World’s Largest Man: A Memoir (9780062351494) by Harrison Scott Key. $26.99 hardcover. 5/12/15 on sale.