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“Rodell writes about real people the way Sinatra sings about New York, unflinching about the gritty realities, but with abiding affection and relentless positivity about the future.”
— Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge
A soulful trip led by a wise guide"Another gem from Chris Rodell. I've enjoyed all his books but feel that this one (The REAL Mister Roger's Neighborhood) stands out. A book like this is timely and needed in our world today. There's lots to learn here about Mr. Rogers, Latrobe, and how to live a good life. Rodell's soulful outlook is contagious and I'm better for having read this; you will be too. Not only does he illuminate the setting/life of Mr. Rogers, Rodell shares openly about his own struggles and how he's dealing with them. Rogers had a lot to teach us about life, Rodell does as well."
— Anonymous, Amazon Review
“The book Chris wrote about Arnold Palmer isn’t just a great book about golf and the best book anyone’s written about Arnold, it’s also a tremendous book about life.”
— HoF CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz
“Just hearing Chris tell stories about Arnold, Fred and Latrobe makes me want to jump in my truck and drive straight there just to be with him and absorb some his unique Americana.”
— Jimmy Mac, host, Road Dog Trucking, Sirius XM Satellite Radio
“Every convention needs that one crowd-pleasing speaker who'll get everybody laughing and feeling happy to be human. That’s Chris. He had all 250 of us laughing — and there were people in that room who, I swear, had never laughed in their entire lives.”
— Karl Repon, PA Librarians Association
Pleasantly Optimistic"Life Lessons is the key phrase here. Chris Rodell whips together his own life experiences with tales of the legend that many of us grew up watching. At times, that pedestal upon which Mr. Rogers is perched seems to be awfully high -- too high for any of us. But the simple fact, repeatedly stressed by the author, is that it's not. I always enjoy the author's easygoing style of writing, and if you want to see what he's like before diving into a purchase, check out his blog."
- Dan Reiner, Amazon Review
“Chris Rodell is Latrobe’s Greatest Ambassador.”
- Latrobe Mayor Rosie Wolford
A Vonnegut for 2016"I really can't say enough good things about this book (The Last Baby Boomer). The premise — that a contest has been initiated to see who stands next to Martin McCrae, the Last Baby Boomer, when he expires — is not unlike Billy Pilgrim's trips to Tralfamadore in Slaughterhouse Five: wonderfully weird and unexpected, and also infused with both satirical hilarity and some broader truths about an entire generation of often confused humans in the West. And the Vonnegut comparison is more than apt: Rodell is capable of switching from ribald joke telling to pithy pathos often from paragraph to paragraph. I literally laughed out loud and discovered tears welling up in my eyes at various points in the first 50 pages. It's really an incredible work of artistic humor writing. Can't recommend it enough."
- Matt Stroud, Amazon Review
“I’ll have Chris on anytime he wants and for any topic he chooses. He’s that compelling of a storyteller.”
- Michael Patrick Shiels, host, Michigan’s Big Show
Laughter therapy on steroids"This book (Use All the Crayons!) is not exactly about crayons, nor is it about coloring in any tangible way. It's about living with gusto and enjoying every minute. It's about BEING HAPPY! Reading it makes me happy. It's one of my most precious purchases. I bought the book, and I have been laughing ever since. You'll love it too. It will make you happy."
- Sharon Lippincott, Chilehead Adventurer