Come meet Florida author Tom Brooks as he discusses his new book "Ronny's Songs".
“This novel, based on a true story, explores Tommy's world and the gift of his brother's songs. Being dyslexic in the 1950s adds a curious, often funny outook to Tommy's life as he grows up with taunting older brothers and a father who is a cop.”
"Growing up is hard enough. Growing up dyslexic with three older brothers, two who torment Tommy at every turn, and a father who is a bad-ass cop of the 50's doesn't help. Tommy learns early how to cope with his brothers and his dad, but his learning disability creates another matter. Not only does he struggle with phonics, he is constantly confused by sayings like “Cat got your tongue?” He’s never seen a cat get anyone’s tongue. His dad always says, “If I’ve told you boys once, I’ve told you a hundred times: you could be absolutely stupid and get along just fine in this world if you would just do what I say.” His brother Ronny always carries a pencil and a pad of paper. He scribbles furiously when someone says something he could use in one of his songs. A move to Sanford, Florida, and a new school provide Tommy with an opportunity to start fresh. One teacher makes a big impact on his life by introducing him to Edgar Allan Poe. Segregation, corporal punishment, and religion are all part of Tommy’s upbringing. But, the things he learns from Chickens, Pigs, and an Egg Sucking Dog are priceless. Join Tommy as he finds the answer to, “Just how dumb is stupid?” Tommy promises you will care, respect, know, and understand what love is, by the time you read Ronny’s Songs."
Event Type(s): Library Program
Age Group(s): Adult