Charlie waved to celebrities at other booths, whispering clever and biting asides about their
scandalous nature. Most of the people he identified as famous were unknown to Dorothy, but she drank it
all in as eagerly as the champagne Charlie repeatedly sloshed in her glass.
There had been a great deal of alcohol passed around the table when Charlie noticed Lawrence Welk
nearby. With a wave, Charlie invited Welk to his table; Welk declined with a friendly shake of the head,
gesturing at his own table guests of family and friends.
“Larry loves kids,” Charlie told Dorothy. “Send Kara over there with a menu. I know he’ll sign it.
Might be worth a fortune someday.”
Kara was obviously drowning in a sea of mortification, but obediently marched across the busy
restaurant to the band director’s table.
“Hello Mr. Welk. My mother plays the accordion. She wants your autograph.”
Welk signed the menu and patted the little girl’s head. “Interesting hairdo,” he said. “Did you have a
“I ate a pony,” Kara said solemnly, then turned and skipped back to her own table.
Title: The Daughters Lem
Author: Nila Aamoth
Genre: Biographical / Memoir / Historical
The Daughters of Lem witnessed and survived the tragic event that forever transformed them. Orphaned, frightened, fiercely independent, the four sisters fought defiantly to raise themselves. But Lucille, Louise, and Nell Rose could not defeat the notion of a Lem bad seed; they chose to remain childless. Only Dorothy sought to achieve what she perceived to be a “normal” life as a wife and mother. In the process, she discovered her power as an independent woman. Her own three offspring became a new generation of the Daughters of Lem, and fortunate participants in their mother’s improbably joyful journey.
Nila Knack Aamoth wrote her first story at age four, and never stopped plying the pencil, the typewriter, and finally the computer keyboard. She began her journalism career in Houston, Texas, and owned two community newspapers in Michigan. For 25 years, she was editor and publisher of The Penasee Globe. “I figured my thoughts were more valuable than the traditional penny, so I called my weekly column A Nickel’s Worth,” she likes to joke. Those mostly light-hearted musings won her numerous state and national writing awards. Her insightful editorials, both humorous and serious, won the Michigan Press Association award for “Best Editorial” two years running. “I believed I could write about anything,” she says. “But writing the incredible story of my own family was almost too heart-wrenching. I think I’ve finally grown up!”