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Finding Baby Ruth
by Sara Hoffman

Published: 2016-11-18
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It's 1921, and 26-year-old Jules Greer is well on her way to spinsterhood. She yearns for the romance and excitement she finds in her Zane Grey novels, but with no boyfriend or prospects in her small town of Garden City, Kansas, Jules fears she'll spend the rest of her days caring for her ...

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It's 1921, and 26-year-old Jules Greer is well on her way to spinsterhood. She yearns for the romance and excitement she finds in her Zane Grey novels, but with no boyfriend or prospects in her small town of Garden City, Kansas, Jules fears she'll spend the rest of her days caring for her sick brother, cleaning her best friend's boardinghouse, and playing the piano at other people's weddings.

So when a fortune-teller predicts she'll have one chance to escape a life of drudgery, Jules decides to take it--even if it does come in the form of a handsome scoundrel who's bound to love her then leave her.

This debut novel by journalist Sara Hoffman, based on a true story, brings the Roaring '20s in Middle America to life. She immerses us in a time and place where merriment and morality collided, where women and people of color began pushing against their social confines, and where silent film stars and Babe Ruth reigned.

Who was Baby Ruth, anyway, and what happened to her? This wry, tender tale will take you through many engaging twists and turns on its way to the surprising answers.

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by jcjwalbye (see profile) 06/26/18

Our book club had the privilege of having the author in attendance at our meeting. Most liked the book better after learning about the author's research and personal connection to the story. 7.4 out... (read more)

 
  "Finding Baby Ruth"by Kshutts (see profile) 11/05/17

Very well written and historically accurate.

 
  "Finding Baby Ruth"by paulettehansen (see profile) 11/01/17

A wonderful and well-written story of a journey through difficult times. The best kind of historical fiction, based on a true story.

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