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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 […]