A Different Kind of Bookstore

Welcome to Home Grown Books, a unique bookstore created by authors. Home Grown Books is dedicated to showcasing self-published authors. We offer readers a rare opportunity to discover new talent and to read books not found in traditional bookstores. We also provide a venue for authors to get their self-published books into the hands of the public. All the authors and artists are from or have connections to the Ozarks and represent a wide variety of genres.

Monday, August 6, 2012

A Red, White, and Blue July Celebration

Girls’ Night out
206 West 4th Street, Miller, Missouri

The Americana Celebration was hosted by Marsha Hill, owner of Maggie Mae’s Tearoom, and Home Grown Books. A winning combination of friends, great food, and fun was a big hit with the ladies.

Guests were treated to Mary Boll’s famous apple cake. Mary is author the of the MeMa’s Manna Cookbook series. The books are a collection of recipes that have delighted family and friends from northern Missouri down to the entertainment Mecca of Branson, Missouri. The books are available on Amazon.com.

Virginia of Virginia’s Vacation Travel presented information on sightseeing tours, cruises, and vacation packages including Amtrak.

Guests sampled the world Famous “Healthier Coffee,” Organo Gold.      

New Arrival For August

5:41: Stories from the Joplin Tornado
Spirit of Hope: The Year After the Joplin Tornado
Randy Turner and John Hacker

Authors: Randy Turner and John Hacker
Randy Turner is an eighth grade English teacher at Joplin East Middle School. Prior to entering the educational field, Turner was a reporter and editor at various Southwest Missouri newspapers for more than two decades, receiving more than 100 national, state, and regional awards, including 30 for investigative reporting. He is the author of four books, two novels, Small Town News and Devil's Messenger and two non-fiction, Newspaper Days and The Turner Report.

John Hacker is the award-winning managing editor of The Carthage Press, and former editor of the Joplin Daily. Hacker, a graduate of Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, has been one of the top reporters and photographers in Missouri for the past two decades, with a reputation for covering breaking news. Hacker is recognized as a top weather photographer and has had numerous lightning photos exhibited.

Titles: 5:41: Stories from the Joplin Tornado 
Genre: True Life/Inspirational
Book Description: In 5:41: Stories from the Joplin Tornado Veteran southwest Missouri reporters, Randy Turner and John Hacker, tell the story of Joplin from tornado to triumph. At 5:41 p.m. May 22, 2011, the deadliest single tornado to hit the United States in 50 years tore its way through Joplin, Missouri. By the time it completed its murderous course, 160 lives were lost, and those who survived have stories they can tell for the rest of their lives. The book features photos taken by Hacker within moments of the deadly tornado and details about some of the horrific moments that came to symbolize May 22, 2011, in Joplin, Missouri.

Titles: Spirit of Hope: The Year After the Joplin Tornado
Genre: True Life/Inspirational

Book Description: Spirit of Hope: The Year After the Joplin Tornado The EF-5 tornado that ripped through the heart of Joplin, Missouri, May 22, 2011, killed 161 people and damaged one-third of the community. What it did not do was destroy the indomitable nature of the people who live in this city of 50,000. Spirit of Hope: The Year After the Joplin Tornado tells the story of how Joplin residents began the rebuilding process almost immediately. The heroes of this book are many- not just the leaders whose faces became familiar on local and national news, but the volunteers from Joplin and the world. Spirit of Hope, the follow-up book to 5:41: Stories from the Joplin Tornado, is the inspirational story  of the city that would not die.

5:41: Stories from the Joplin Tornado and Spirit of Hope: The Year the Joplin Tornado are both available at Amazon.com. 

New Arrival for July

And So It Goes
Dan Trogdon


Author: Dan is a native of Missouri who lived for a few years in Massachusetts, before returning to Missouri to finish his teaching career.  He credits the comedian, Steve Martin, with sparking his interest in comedy and his appreciation for that which is absurd.  He plans to continue cartooning with the intent of producing more collections. An avowed porch sitter, he can oftentimes be found in the evening sitting on his back patio just watching the world go by.

Title: And So It Goes
Genre: Humor/Satire
Book Description: And So It Goes is a collection of cartoons that take a humorous look at our world. And So It Goes is available at the following website: www.andsoitgoescartoons.com