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Jun 15

Teaching the Pig to Dance: A Memoir of Growing Up and Second Chances

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Fred Thompson has enjoyed a remarkable career in Hollywood and politics, but when he sat down to write a memoir about how he got to be the person he is, he discovered that his best stories all seemed to come out of the years he spent growing up in and around his hometown of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.  

In Teaching the Pig to Dance, you will find reflections as hilarious as they are honest and warm.  Thompson touches on the influences – family, hometown neighbors and teachers, team sports, jobs, romances, and personal crises – that molded his character, his politics, and the way he looks at life today.  And, more than anyone else from those days though, he remembers his mom and dad, who instilled in him a belief that kids are shaped most of all by the love and support they can take for granted.

Teaching the Pig to Dance will delight those who admire the author, along with all those who just love to hear rollicking but unforgettable stories about growing up in a place where, as one of the local old timers put it, “We weren’t big enough to have a town drunk, so a few of us had to take turns.”

Fred Thompson served eight years as a United States Senator from Tennessee (1995-2003), and in 2008 he sought the Republican nomination for President of the United States.  Earlier in his career he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Tennessee and in 1973 served as Minority Counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee.  He has appeared in numerous movies as well as television’s Emmy Award-winning series Law & Order.  Currently, he hosts The Fred Thompson Show, a daily radio talk show produced by Westwood One.

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The Honorable Fred Thompson

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