Janice’s Thoughts: As a relatively new grandmother (one year), I find myself excitedly planning my each incursion into the life of said grandson – what will be the “book of the day”, how many “exploring-nature-walks” will we get to take in the stroller, what new song will we entertain each other with at bedtime – and wondering what memories we are making with each of these activities. Adriana Trigiani shares wonderful memories and life lessons she gleaned from her two grandmothers in this delightful small volume. She credits these two women with showing her how to “carve out a fulfilling life, a peaceful life, a gracious life, and a secure life.” I just hope I can do the same in my grandchild’s life.
Janice’s Thoughts: Columbine, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma City – just the mere mention of these locations and one’s mind immediately remembers the horrors which occurred there. But mention Bath, Michigan – does that conjure any picture? It will forever after reading Bernstein’s book as this small town was the site, on May 18, 1927, of America’s first school bombing – with 38 children and 6 adults dead in the aftermath. Bernstein explores how one man changed the life of an entire town forever and reminds us that violence and terror are nothing new to the world.