Chris Rodell returns to the Ligonier Valley Library on Sunday, October 27 at 2:00 pm to discuss his latest book, Growing Up in Mister Rogers’ REAL Neighborhood.
Chris Rodell is the author of Arnold Palmer: Homespun Stories of the King and several other books. Copies of his book will be available for purchase at the program.
Growing Up in Mister Rogers’ REAL Neighborhood: Life Lessons from the Heart of Latrobe, Pa
This is NOT a history of Fred Rogers. It’s not even a history of Latrobe. It includes some history, some biography and some elemental talk about things like whether Latrobe is pronounced “Lah-trobe” or “LAY-trobe.” So it’s more like a freewheeling conversation about what makes this one small town so special. One monumental reason is Rogers, a man visionary educators are beginning to equate with spiritual leaders like Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. It tells the stories of couples he married, souls he saved and if calling him “Christ-like” is blasphemous or accurate. It has previously untold stories of Rogers being a life-saving superhero and of him being perfectly human. In a world that cries out for civility and healing, it’s the only book about Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood by an author who actually calls the place home.