When Harry Met Minnie: A True Story of Love and Friendship

When I first saw this title, I thought it would be a happy-go-lucky tale of two canine friends. Well, spoiler alert: It contains a lot of sadness as well. It’s a new memoir by Martha Teichner, a New York City dweller and a correspondent for CBS’s Sunday Morning, who happens to also be a bull terrier owner and lover. It’s well worth reading if you are a dog person, and I did enjoy it, but there were tears involved…

Limitless: The Power of Hope and Resilience To Overcome Circumstances

Mallory Weggemann never expected that she would become a paraplegic after a series of routine epidural injections to help her cope with nerve pain. In 2008, she was a high school senior and co-captain of the swim team, a sport she loved, and planning on going away to college. As a result of the third injection, her legs became paralyzed. But with the help of her family and friends, Mallory struggles through the challenges she faces to become a two-time champion swimmer in the Paralympic Games. This is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read, if not the most inspiring. Mallory is a true champion, even when she severely injures one of her arms, she continues competing, and was planning on being in her third Paralympics, until the covid virus struck in 2019. Mallory’s philosophy is to use any unforeseen challenge to propel ourselves forward… I highly recommend reading her story…

The Guardian recommends summer reading

The Guardian Bookshop home page

Britain’s Guardian is a reliable source of book reviews and recommendations. I usually discover a title or author not yet popular in the United States. They recently published: ‘Summer Reading: the 50 Hottest New Books Everyone Should Read.’ Divided into categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Paperbacks, Children and Teens, the list delivers both well-known and more obscure authors you will want to know about (the list contains new works by Rachel Cusk, Michael Rosen, and Patricia Lockwood). Most are readily available in the library. Well worth taking a peek.

Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life

Julianna Margulies has written an autobiography beginning with her ancestral background all the way to the present time. She appeared on the PBS show Finding Your Roots and relates some family stories that are truly amazing. She actually spent some time living in Spring Valley, NY, with her mother and two sisters, when she was a young child. Margulies is very down to earth, and I enjoyed reading about her path in life…

Dusk Night Dawn: on Revival And Courage

Anne Lamott adds to her repertoire with this latest title. She is one of my favorite authors; she’s very grounded and real, and tells it like it is. Lamott writes about her recovery from drugs and alcohol, and her latest musings on maintaining one’s spirituality. She teaches Sunday school to kids at her church, and gives her own explanations of Bible verses to them. Lamott is recently married, and pokes fun at herself and her new husband, but acknowledges that he is truly her best friend. The chapters are short and lively written, and somehow one feels better about life after reading this…