The Hopes & Dreams of Working Class Americans in New, Well-Turned Memoir

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Author Bob Thomson does not consider himself a writer but “A Different Ball Game” puts him in the class of true writers who have become the voices of their people

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The story of how Bob Thomson turned from a regular family guy who played golf, went fishing, rode motorcycles and did all the things that American guys did all the time turns into a passionate story of surviving and living with a disability in A Different Ball Game, his memoirs of a very interesting but difficult life after a vehicular accident rendered his right arm useless and lead to its being cut off. Filled with the many amusing life stories of working class Americans, the author has found a new way for readers to appreciate his demographic’s hopes and dreams.

He married while under medication but that marriage dissolved a few years later. He tried again a few years later but that, too, ended after six months. The accident happened in October 1974. He had two offspring from his marriage. After his second marriage ended, he went from V.A. hospital to V.A. hospital, trying to find therapy or a way to make up for a lost arm. But then he pulled himself up from the bootstraps and decided to start life all over again on his father’s property in East Texas’ Pine Lake Reservoir.

Bob Thomson got more of living than he hoped for. Where he thought of living a lonely life, he was able to spend it with a new wife (Barb) and a daughter named June. He became friends with a diverse group (including his best friend nicknamed Poochie, an African American). Through the many personal problems with his wife, neighbors, the homeowners’ association of his subdivision, up to Barb’s murder, his strong remaining hand made him play golf, make a living repairing cars, and helping his daughter June grow up to be strong and independent.

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Author Bob Thomson is not a writer but has a good story to tell.
A Different Ball Game * by Bob Thomson
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 69 pages; 978-1-4691-8810-2
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