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Hoopeston local signs his collection of stories about Hoopeston

Did you grow up in a small mid-western town? Like Hoopeston? Then Growing Up Doughnut is a book you should read.

On Friday, Sept. 3rd from 5:00–7:00 p.m. Jane Addams Book Shop welcomes Don Shields and his book Growing Up Doughnut, which is a story of simpler times in a small town when kids played long after the street lights came on and parents watched out for all the kids on the block. Somewhat autobiographical, the story is a work of creative nonfiction with characters that are real, to which everyone can relate. The story is funny, poignant, revealing, thought provoking, and, at times, heartbreaking.

Price: $14.50

About the Author: Don Shields was born and raised in Hoopeston, IL. The simplicity of life in the 1960s and 70s and the experience of growing up around people in his family’s restaurant influenced his optimistic outlook on life. Shields also took on a part time career as a radio DJ, endowing him with the ability to enumerate his picture of life to his audience. He now lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife of 35 years, Dorothy, and near his kids James and Debi and his grand-dog Akkadian.

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