Knocking at Your Door

Rockford columnist gratified, humbled

December 29, 2011 // 0 Comments

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL For Rockford’s Tom Rademacher, last week was a whirlwind week of selling and signing copies of his newest book, “Knocking At Your Door.” The book is an encore of his debut book “Splitting Wood” that was released in 2010. The award-winning columnist’s newest book contains 80+ new columns gleaned from the more than 3,000 columns penned by the author over a thirty-year career. The book-signing tour wrapped up during the late afternoon and early evening of the day before Christmas Eve day, last Friday. Scheduled to make two appearances, one each at two of downtown Rockford’s anchor businesses – Kimberly’s Boutique and Great Northern Trading Company, we caught up with Tom at Kimberly’s. “I’m gratified and very humbled by the traffic here and the response to my latest book,” said Tom, adding, “It’s also a plus for Kimberly’s that many people seeking my book found themselves in the boutique for the very first time and ended up leaving the store, not only with copies of the book, but laden with Christmas gifts from the boutique’s eclectic offerings. It’s a win-win for both.” Your reporters chuckled when Tom, exhibiting the wry sense of humor oftentimes found in his writings told us he had, not so subtly, been instructed by wife Holly that he’d better be looking for her Christmas gift when he was not signing books! Book sales had been brisk at every stop along the way in West Michigan, during the book-signing tour and Tom, again, used the word, “humbled” when describing the large turnouts at every venue. One buyer purchased 40 copies, because the book contained a story about her sister who had been in a coma for 52 years, and she wanted to give a book to everyone in her life who had mattered. “How can you not be humbled,” said Tom. “Knocking At Your Door” buyers were seeking the second anthology of the collected works of a storyteller who is, first and foremost, a listener who oftentimes is moved to tears by capturing the lives and times of the subjects in his stories. Tom has an innate and genuine ability to listen. It’s a quality that one would hope to find in their own doctor and that’s […]

Rademacher launches second book of stories

December 15, 2011 // 0 Comments

Long-time columnist for The Grand Rapids Press lauded for reminding readers of ‘the love, hope and humor in our own lives’  Nationally acclaimed newspaper columnist Tom Rademacher of Rockford has launched a second book of stories culled from the thousands he authored during his 30-plus years for The Grand Rapids Press. Entitled “Knocking At Your Door,” area bookstores are bracing for brisk sales this holiday season in the wake of his debut book “Splitting Wood,” which at one point was outselling Sarah Palin’s memoir at area Schuler Books & Music outlets. “We’re proud to partner with Tom as he continues to share his storytelling skills with readers who embrace his unique ability to connect with everyday people,” said Grand Rapids Press Publisher Dan Gaydou. “He has a gift, and it deserves to be shared not only in the Sunday Press, where he continues to be published, but in another anthology of collected works.” “Knocking At Your Door” includes more than 80 columns, including stories of: • a youngster whose discovery of a motherless fawn helped heal his own pain; • the Air Force vet who agonized for 52 years over what happened after bombs from his plane took out another U.S. aircraft directly below him; • Jackie, the woman who endured a coma for more than half a century; • an area man whose life was changed when his dog chewed off his toe; • and memories of The Glass Hut… an ArtPrize artist who ekes it out from a 12-by-12-foot log cabin… a gentleman who worked 18 years for his community college degree… “Hattem’s Cocktail Room”… and many more. “I’ve rubbed shoulders with billionaires and movie stars and sports icons, but I’m convinced that my best stuff has always been in the telling of stories about people who live next door, around the corner, both gently and demonstratively in our midst,” said Rademacher. “Give me a woman who still hangs laundry on a line, kids who volunteer, the dad who coaches a t-ball team after working a 10-hour day. Those people are real.” Rademacher came up with the title “Knocking At Your Door” while reliving a day early in his Press career, when he was assigned to return to the newsroom with an interview […]