Life its Ownself : The Semi-Tougher Adventures of Billy Clyde Puckett and Them by Dan Jenkins
New York : Simon and Schuster, 1984. First edition with full numbers line on copyright page. Hardcover. 316 pages ; 22 cm. $15.95 dust jacket with minimal wear. Otherwise, a very good copy with firm binding, clean and unmarked pages.
When Semi-Tough was published in 1972, it was an instant best seller, com-pared by critics to the best of Ring Lardner and Mark Twain, and acclaimed by many as the funniest sports fiction ever written. Now Billy Clyde Puckett, Semi-Tough's hero and narrator, a good-bad old boy who twelve years ago was a celebrated halfback for the Giants, returns to tell us about the wildest year of his life. It all starts with an injury to his knee which takes him out of action. Immediately, he's enticed into joining a major network as color commentator during the games, and thereby hangs a tale as raunchily hilarious, as unexpectedly tender as its classic predecessor. And why shouldn't it be? On hand again are Shake Tiller, Billy Clyde's lifelong comrade and teammate, who has abandoned football and become a best-selling author; Barbara Jane Bookman, former model, current actress and, at last, Mrs. Billy Clyde Puckett; Big Ed Bookman, Barbara Jane's father, an oil baron who's made his fortune discovering "dinosaur wine"; T. J. Lambert, once-dreaded linebacker for the Giants and now a college football coach who has instituted a winning method: "I've put fear back into the game"; and Jim Tom Pinch, sports columnist, who claims he'd rather own a condo in Lebanon than watch pro football. New to the cast are Tonsillitis Johnson, pride of Boakum, Texas, the hottest prospect in college football; Larry Hoage, a network sportscaster who mistakenly attributes his success to talent; Kim Cooze, a mystical-theological stripper whose act mingles the sacred and the profane; and Kathy Montgomery, a beautiful young girl who brings trouble to the already strained marital ties between Billy Clyde and Barbara Jane. All this and much much more in a novel crammed with nothing less than life its ownself.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Life Its Ownself is Dan Jenkin fifth novel, his eighth book. His published fiction includes Semi-Tough (1972), Dead Solid Perfect (1974) Limo (1976) andBaja Oklahoma (1981) Mr. Jenkins is a native of Fort Worth, Texas, who has lived in New York City for the past twenty-two years. As a Senior Writer for Sports Illustrated, he has written more than five hundred cuticles on the sub¬jects of football and golf.
Mr. Jenkins is married to the former June Bun-age of Fort Worth, co-owner of Juanita's and Summerhouse, two acclaimed New York restaurants. Their daughter, Sally, is a sportswriter for The San Francisco Chronicle, and their sons, Marty and Danny, are working in television and photography in Texas and New York.
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