Holy Roller

Holy Roller

Growing up in the Church of Knock Down Drag Out, Or, How I Stopped Loving A Blue-eyed Jesus : A Childhood Memoir

Book - 2008
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A Texas Gulf Coast shrimper and author describes growing up in rural Texas in a family of Holy Rollers, detailing a childhood of tent revivals, snake handling, and evangelism and reflecting on its influence on her adult life, activism, and dedication to social justice.

Chelsea Green Publishing

In this rollicking memoir, Diane Wilson—a Texas Gulf Coast shrimper and the author of the highly acclaimed An Unreasonable Woman—takes readers back to her childhood in rural Texas and into her family of Holy Rollers. By night at tent revivals, Wilson gets religion from Brother Dynamite, an ex-con who finds Jesus in a baloney sandwich and handles masses of squirming poisonous snakes under the protection of the Holy Ghost. By day, Wilson scratches secret messages to Jesus into the paint on her windowsill and lies down in the middle of the road to see how long she can sleep in between passing trucks.

Holy Roller is a fast-paced, hilarious, sometimes shocking experience readers won’t soon forget. It is the prequel to Wilson’s first book, telling the story of the Texas childhood of a fierce little girl who will grow up to become An Unreasonable Woman, take on Big Industry, and win. One of the best Southern writers of her generation, Wilson’s voice twangs with a style and accent all its own, as true and individual as her boundless originality and wild youth.



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A Texas Gulf Coast shrimper and author of An Unreasonable Woman describes growing up in rural Texas in a family of Holy Rollers, detailing a childhood of tent revivals, snake handling, and evangelism and reflecting on its influence on her adult life, activism, and dedication to social justice.

Publisher: White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub., c2008
ISBN: 9781933392820
1933392827
Characteristics: 210 p., 8 p. of plates : ill ; 23 cm

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