Michael Perry’s octogenarian neighbor, Tom Hartwig, has a jumble of a workshop, a plethora of stories, and an anti-authoritarian streak. Perry pulls his readers into Tom’s life, with photos and anecdotes, lacing them with reflections on Perry’s own life. Celebrating the heart, wisdom and spirit that embodies small-town America, “Visiting Tom” is “Tuesdays With Morrie” meets Bill Bryson. Michael Perry be at Watermark Books at 7 p.m. Sept. 4.
Drew Silver used to be the drummer of a one-hit-wonder band. Now, he is middle-aged, divorced, playing at bar mitzvahs and weddings, with a multitude of regrets and complicated relationships. Life becomes more complicated when his daughter confides in him – because he’s the one she cares least about letting down – that she’s pregnant, and he finds that his heart requires emergency, life-saving surgery. He decides against the surgery, choosing to use what time he has left to become a better man. This is Tropper at his funny, insightful, heartbreaking best.
1. "Gods of Gotham" by Lyndsay Faye
2. "Hello I Must Be Going" by Christine Hodgen
3. "Sunflower Sampler" by the Junior League of Wichita
4. "Physick Book of Deliverance Dane" by Katherine Howe
5. "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn
6. "Cock-a-doodle-doo, Creak, Pop-Pop, Moo" by Jim Aylesworth and Brad Snee
7. "Fifty Shades Darker" by E.L. James
8. "Pinches and Dashes" by the Junior League of Wichita
9. "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James
10. "Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child" by Bob Spitz