Book Description (via Goodreads): 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 Reuben’s description of her father’s 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.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have given Come Home, Love Dad four out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Previously this year I had the honour of reading My Mostly Happy Life: Autobiography of a Climbing Tree by Shelly Reuben and fell in love with it almost instantaneously. The same feeling has happened again.
This book is about Shelly Reuben’s father, Samuel Reuben, who writes Shelly letters updating her with their family life, writes poems and uses quotes from books, Samuel also asks her regularly via letter to come home and start a life back in Chicago where their family is, as Shelly moved to New York where she would fulfil her dreams to become a writer.
I love the way Shelly Reuben has used different styles of writing throughout the book, as I stated in the above paragraph, for example there are quotations from books recited by Samuel Reuben, letters, poems and she even included personal photos as well, which helped give an insight on their family life and made it possible to put names to faces and inventions of which we learn about in the book.
I love the feeling of nostalgia I received from reading this book. You hardly ever hear of somebody actually picking up a pen and paper, and writing a lovely letter nowadays, people simply use a text messaging service in a matter of seconds and voila, you can have a whole conversation in five minutes, which yes is a lot easier however I loved reading about the “old fashioned” method of communication instead of the modern day.
Samuel Reuben put in a lot of hard work and love for his family which definitely paid off. A lot of people cared for Samuel Reuben as he sounded like such a wonderful man and anyone who came to know of him, would have been very lucky indeed. It was wonderful to learn about the incredible inventions that came from Samuel Reuben and what he achieved with his Deluxe Tuxedo Rental business.
I am so grateful to have been given this wonderful opportunity to read about the incredible unconditional love that a father has for his daughter and to read over their collection of letters.
I thoroughly adored this tribute to Shelley’s father, Samuel, and would highly recommend this book to anybody who’s interested in a refreshing story of family and unconditional love.
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