Edgar-Award Nominated Author, Columnist, and Private Investigator
Come Home. Love, Dad
New print edition of Come Home. Love, Dad. Pub date – September 22, 2018 – with photos of the inimitable Sam Reuben, his family, his letters, and his remarkable burglar alarm.“Its a funny, uplifting, honest book that I shall read and re-read as often as I re-read those stories of Thurber and his family.” Peter Lovesey – Diamond Dagger Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, Crime Writers Association
Come Home. Love, Dad warmly introduces us to magical mirrors of every color and shape, giant balls of string, brothers wearing Davy Crockett T-shirts, and stalwart lions who guard the entrance to the Art Institute.
Shelly Reubens description of her fathers escapades in the kitchen, if flour footprints aren’t on the floors and carpets (it) doesn’t taste as good, make you wish that you too, had been there to inhale the smell of his koochen baking in the oven. And interspersed throughout these recollections are the enchanting letters that Sam Reuben wrote to his daughter.
Wonderful epistles imparting proverbs, reciting poetry, conveying wit, wisdom, whimsy … and always … always letting her know that he loved her, and that he wanted her to Come Home. Love, Dad.
Praise for Come Home. Love, Dad
Come Home. Love, Dad is written with the casual sweetness of unpremeditated love, and is therefore the more compelling Its a book of both charm and heartbreak from Sam Reubens making of Koochen its the pleasure of watching the warm dough, when poked, puff out again like the soft belly of a warm puppy to his walk to one and then another of the village shopkeepers to tell each one of the death of their friend, his son. It is Shelly Reubens tribute and the readers pleasure. Dorothy Salisbury Davis, Grand Master Recipient – Mystery Writers Of America
How refreshing to read a memoir by a daughter who adored her father, and a father who deserved to be adored! Theres no dirty laundry in Come Home. Love, Dad, no sordid family secrets broadcast to the world-at-large, no whining about dysfunction and abuses. The worst thing I can say about Shelly Reubens lovely and moving story of growing up with her genius-cum-dreamer dad, Sam, is that it made me jealous. I wanted Sam to have been my dad. Kathryn Kennison, Director and Co-Founder Magna cum Murder. Ball State University.