Dave Woerpel, Hammond postman turned memoirist, will be signing copies of his new book “Nothing Like I Planned” this weekend.
Woerpel, who is also the Hammond City Council president, will appear between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at Miles Books at 2819 Jewett Ave. in Highland.
“Dave wrote a wonderful memoir of himself growing up in Hammond, Indiana and his observations of life in general as a mail carrier in that same great city,” said Miles Books owner Jim Roumbos. “As the book is both satirical and serious, it is a perfect read for our continuing Covid times. I tell my clients that the book is better, in my opinion, than Jean Shepard’s writing. Dave really captures the character of the Region.”
The book covers Woerpel’s childhood in Hammond and nearly four decades of work as a mail carrier. He had previously written a humorous column about his postal work for Calumet Press and had always been encouraged to write a book.
He tells stories like how his dad heard him turn down a summer job as a mail carrier and told him he would get off the couch somehow, or how his dad used needle-nose pliers to tear a splinter off his foot before sewing it up. to himself.
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“There’s a lot of humor in that,” he said. “I’m the one telling stories like I would to my friends and grandkids.”
One reader described it as “a hilarious time travel to the 1960s and 1970s”.
“It goes back in time to tell the story of a left-handed kid in a right-handed world that wasn’t going to listen to anyone or anything,” he said. “I wasn’t going to be told I couldn’t do something. I was going to do it my way. When my parents bought me braces, I took them out as soon as I walked out of the house. .”
The book takes a nostalgic look at his childhood in Hammond. He recounts going to Cubs games, skipping school to attend punk rock shows in Chicago, and working at the Hammond Civic Center as a teenager.
“The selling point is that it’s a trip back in time to Hammond, what life was like back then,” he said.
Much of the book chronicles his time delivering mail around town and the often interesting characters he encounters along the way.
“I never wanted to see my name on a book on a shelf or anything,” he said. “I just want to tell interesting stories and keep the reader interested. I just want people to read it and be entertained.”
For more information, call 219-838-8700.