Magic Season Wade Rouse

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About the book --
Bestselling author Wade Rouse finds solace with his dying father through their shared love of baseball in this poignant, illuminating memoir of family and forgiveness

Before his success in public relations, his loving marriage and his storied writing career, Wade Rouse was simply Ted Rouse's son. A queer kid in a conservative Ozarks community, Wade struggled at a young age to garner his father's approval and find his voice. For his part, Ted was a hard-lined engineer, offering little emotional support or encouragement. But Wade and Ted had one thing in common: an undying love of the St. Louis Cardinals.
For decades, baseball offered Wade and his father a shared vocabulary—a way to stay in touch, to connect and to express their emotions. But when his father's health takes a turn for the worst, Wade returns to southwest Missouri to share one final season with his father. As the Cards race towards a dramatic pennant race, Wade and his father begin to open up in way they never thought possible. Together, inning by inning during their own magic season, they'll move towards forgiveness, reconciliation, and peace.
Heartfelt, hilarious and lovingly rendered, Magic Season is an unforgettable story of love, family and forgiveness against the backdrop of America's favorite pastime.

About the author --
Wade Rouse is a popular award-winning memoirist and internationally bestselling author of 12 books translated into 20 languages and selected as Today Show Must-Reads, Indie Next Picks and Michigan Notable Book. Rouse writes fiction under his grandma’s name, Viola Shipman, to honor the woman whose heirlooms inspire his writing. He lives in Michigan and California, and hosts Wine & Words with Wade, A Literary Happy Hour, every Thursday.

At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream: Misadventures in Search of the Simple Life By Wade Rouse Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307451910
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Published: Crown - June 1st, 2010

We all dream about it, but Wade Rouse actually did it. Discover his journey to live the simple life in this hilarious memoir. 


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It's All Relative: 2 Families, 3 Dogs, 34 Holidays, and 50 Boxes of Wine (A Memoir) By Wade Rouse Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307716637
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Published: Crown - February 1st, 2011

How come the only thing my family tree ever grows is nuts?

Wade Rouse attempts to answer that question in his blisteringly funny new memoir by looking at the yearly celebrations that unite us all and bring out the very best and worst in our nearest and dearest.


Confessions of a Prep School Mommy Handler: A Memoir By Wade Rouse Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307382719
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Published: Crown - August 12th, 2008

At an elite prep school, the devil wears Lilly Pulitzer pink.

When Wade Rouse, who grew up more Hee-Haw than Dynasty, was hired as the director of publicity at the prestigious Tate Academy, he quickly discovered his real job: to make the very pretty, very rich, very mean mommies of the elite students very happy.


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Magic Season: A Son's Story By Wade Rouse Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781335475176
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Published: Hanover Square Press - May 3rd, 2022

"Honest, authentic, heartbreaking and healing. I devoured it in one day."--Jenny Lawson, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Wade Rouse, bestselling author under the pen name Viola Shipman, finds solace with his dying father through their shared love of baseball in this poignant, illuminating memoir of family and forgiveness.


The Secret of Snow By Viola Shipman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781525806445
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Published: Graydon House - October 26th, 2021

THE INSTANT BESTSELLER

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"A beautifully written story about second chances. Fans of women's fiction won't be able to put this down." --Publishers Weekly


The Heirloom Garden By Viola Shipman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781525804618
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Published: Graydon House - April 28th, 2020

From the USA Today bestselling author of The Summer Cottage

In her inimitable style, Viola Shipman explores the unlikely relationship between two very different women brought together by the pain of war, but bonded by hope, purpose...and flowers.


The Clover Girls By Viola Shipman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781525896002
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Published: Graydon House - May 18th, 2021

From the USA Today bestselling author of The Summer Cottage

"Like a true friendship, The Clover Girls is a novel you will forever savor and treasure." --Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author


The Summer Cottage By Viola Shipman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781525834233
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Published: Graydon House - April 23rd, 2019

A USA Today Bestseller

"Every now and then a new voice in fiction arrives to completely charm, entertain and remind us what matters. Viola Shipman is that voice and The Summer Cottage is that absolutely irresistible and necessary novel." -- New York Times Bestselling Author Dorothea Benton Frank


The Recipe Box: A Novel (The Heirloom Novels) By Viola Shipman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250149992
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Published: A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin - October 29th, 2019

"Filled with cherished memories and treasured recipes, The Recipe Box is a touching tribute to the women and food that unite us and connect our past to the present." —Richard Paul Evans, #1 New York Times bestselling author


The Edge of Summer By Viola Shipman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781525811425
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Published: Graydon House - July 12th, 2022

Bestselling author Viola Shipman delights with this captivating summertime escape set along the sparkling shores of Lake Michigan, where a woman searches for clues to her secretive mother's past


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ISBN: 9781250820969
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - April 13th, 2021

“A graceful, moving, emotionally impactful read.” —Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in The Rain

"Saugatuck, MI, springs to life in this nostalgic, gentle story of lifelong love along with the emotional support and care that families and friends can provide. " —Library Journal