Welcome to the first True Story Tuesday, where I will recommend remarkable and moving nonfiction books!
Not only am I an avid reader, I am also a huge hockey fan. Since I’m from St. Louis, it’s basically required to be a fan of the St. Louis Blues, which was never an issue for me considering one of my first words was “hockey,” likely due to watching Blues games with my dad. In honor of the passing of the Truest Blue, Bobby Plager, the first book featured in True Story Tuesdays is Tales from the St. Louis Blues Locker Bench: A Collection of the Greatest Blues Stories Ever Told by Bobby Plager and Tom Wheatley.
This book will always hold a special place in my heart, as it is the first book I ever got signed by the author. Plager compiled numerous short stories about Blues players and tells them in a hilarious and heartwarming way. You don’t need to be a Blues fan, or even know the first thing about hockey, to feel connected to this book. While reading the book I often felt like Bobby Plager was talking directly to me. It felt like two friends exchanging funny hockey stories.
The last time I met Bobby Plager, he exclaimed disappointment over not being able to write a second book filled with wonderful Blues stories because he didn’t have permission to release some of the stories he had. With a smile he ensured me that he had plenty of stories to tell though!
There will be many more nonfiction titles to come in the following Tuesdays, but I saw it only fit to dedicate this first Tuesday’s post to the great Bobby Plager. May his book continue to bring laughter to people, hockey fan or not!