Inspired by Books

I am honored that Veronica's Grave received such a thoughtful and charming review from Inspired by Books -- a thinking woman's blog devoted to seeking the inspirational in books, be it in the classics or in poetry, in memoir or in mystery. This blogger and lover of books, Andrea Laszlo, does it all! Here is her recent post on Veronica's Grave: 

                            My Mother Died and Nobody Told Me

I always had a wish, mysterious in origin, that I would have grown up in working class Brooklyn in the 1940s.  Maybe I watched too many Frank Sinatra/Gene Kelly movies with my mom, or read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn more times than I should have.

Though indeed there was a romantic innocence back then, what I didn’t realize as a child was how much suffering people went through, sometimes in unimaginable ways.  People throughout the world endured tragic losses as a result of the war, and yet there were also people living other kinds of pain, pain that was often hidden from those they loved most.  One of them was author Barbara Donsky...

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Second Grade PS #14 in Yonkers

Second Grade PS #14 in Yonkers

Can you find the author, the one too shy to look at the photographer?  Or the class beauty, Jeryl Johnson, who will go on to become a Miss Rheingold contestant, enjoying a highly successful modeling career which included weekly appearances on the Arthur Godfrey and Friends show?

Answers: (1.) Row 1, far left. (2.) Row 1, 3rd from right

The Bronx River

The Bronx River