On Tour 2/14/20 – 3/13/20 ”Don’t Put The Boats Away” by Ames Sheldon


Release Date: August 27, 2019

About The Book: 

In Don’t Put the Boats Away, World War II has just ended. The Suttons are struggling to rebuild their lives after the death of a beloved family member. Daughter Harriet goes to Madison for graduate work in chemistry at a time when women weren’t supposed to have careers. Son Nat flunks out of Yale in the hope that his father will finally agree to send him to music school because he’s passionate about becoming a jazz musician. Instead, Nat winds up working as a sweeper in the Malt-O-Meal Mill in Northfield during the frigid winter of 1947. Eventually he makes his way to Minneapolis and works as a jazz musician until he discovers he can’t support his family playing jazz. This novel is a deep dive into postwar history from 1945 through the 1960s. Issues like sexism and alcoholism are embedded in the novel but ultimately it’s a family saga about resilience.

About The Author:

Ames Sheldon worked as a reporter for two small-town newspapers before in southern Minnesota before becoming lead author and associate editor of Women’s History Sources: A Guide to Archives and Manuscript Collections in the United States, a monumental reference book which ignited her passion for studying and writing about the history of women in America. After that, she worked as a development officer, raising funds for the Sierra Club in San Francisco, the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul, the Minneapolis Public Library, and other nonprofits. Her first novel Eleanor’s Wars won the Benjamin Franklin Gold Award for Best New Voice: Fiction in 2016. www.amessheldon.com

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amessheldonauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/amessheldonautr

Blurbs and reviews:

2019 Best Book Awards Finalist in Historical Fiction

“Don’t Put the Boats Away is chock-full of well-researched historical details about political events, medical advancements, and even food trends of the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s, and it also offers important commentary on professional opportunities for women during these decades. The author creates believable characters with complex interior lives. Overall, it’s a touching tale that examines the ways in which grief, regret, and unmet expectations can reverberate through generations.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Reading Don’t Put the Boats Away is like being enveloped in a family, a real family bound by love and loss, music and science. It’s a testament to the danger of secrets and the hope we place in future generations. I enjoyed it thoroughly.” Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg, Eden and The Nine

“Don’t Put the Boats Away is a richly detailed family saga of the Suttons’ post-WWII lives—and a wonderful sequel to Ames Sheldon’s first novel Eleanor’s Wars. Ames’s knack for period authenticity is paired with a keen portrayal of the inner lives of major characters that transcend common narratives of ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s America. Complex relationships, dedication to music, science, and family loyalty, and the haunting legacy of war even on privileged families make this a compelling read.” Barbara Stark-Nemon, Even in Darkness, Hard Cider

“Don’t Put the Boats Away is a timeless portrait of life’s loves and losses… the novel has raw and dark undertones… Sheldon explores the furtive topics of mental illness and social conflicts with modern clarity… Her characters are empathetically real.” Minnesota Monthly

Bloggers On Tour:

Feb. 14th  – Nurse Bookie https://instagram.com/nurse_bookie

Feb. 17th – Lindas Book Obsession https://www.facebook.com/lindasbookobsession/

Feb. 19th – David L Morgan https://instagram.com/david_l_morgan

Feb 22nd – Head Full Of Books https://instagram.com/_head_full_of_books_

Feb 23rd- Miss W Book Reviews https://instagram.com/misswbookreviews

Feb 26th– Amy Lynn Lifestyle https://instagram.com/amylynnlifestyle 

Feb. 28th– Jennifer Tar Heel Reader – http://www.jennifertarheelreader.com


March 2nd – Ya It’s Lit  https://instagram.com/ya.its.lit

March 3rd – Midwest Ladies Who Lit http://www.mwladieswholit.wordpress.com/


March 6th -Bookish With Wine https://instagram.com/bookishwithwine

March 7th – The Weekend Booker https://instagram.com/theweekendbooker

March 8th –  Coffee Dogs Books https://instagram.com/coffeedogsbooks

March 9th -Sue Roberts http://girl-who-reads.com/

March 10th – Lost In A Book After SW https://instagram.com/lostinabookaftersw

March 10th – Carey Loves To Book https://instagram.com/careylovestobook

March 11th – Sealed With A Book https://instagram.com/sealedwithabook

March 12th – Reader Then Blogger https://instagram.com/readerthenblogger

March 13th -Bibliolau https://instagram.com/bibliolau19

March 13th – Jackie Loves Books https://instagram.com/jackieslovesbooks

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