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"Silver Pages on the Lawn"
... is a magical journey back in time, not just to Nora and Herman's youth in the 1930s, but to the reader's own. Their letters evoke the hope, passion, and despair we knew when we were young and in love -- and never ... The book chronicles their life of the mind along with their young love, and is filled with a rich treasure of literary ... dialogues ... soliloquies ... and quotes, and plenty of Herman's poems and Nora's passionate prose. -- Deb Reich, Israel

I just finished reading your book and I have been in tears. THe love between Herman and yourself is so beautiful and reminds me of the love my husband and I share. It is so rare ... I find myself completely heartbroken ... Herman's death must have been unimaginable ... I will treasure my book always ... I feel it was fate tht brought me to the Barnes and Noble store the day you were signing and I happened to choose your book over the many others. -- Denise Jackson

The world is so fortunate that you finally pursued your love of words, if only to hear the story of you and Herman. My beloved grandma shakily wrote "Love is all that matters" ... and left it for me just before she died, so I know your similar words for your granddaughter are invaluable. -- Jennifer Long

[When I read] "Weather of the Heart" I found it exciting, wonderful, stimulating and all those other things. When "Silver Pages" was issued, I ordered it from your website... The description of the time of Herman's illness and death was affecting and incredible. I had to save that adjective especially for this. If you decide to write another volume, I will have some adjectives left ... Thaks for hours of reading pleasure. -- Dale Hoff

...If you were moved by my letter, you can understand how much I was moved by your story! I an glad I heard you that day on the radio [on NPR]. It was truly serendipidous for me. -- Georgia Ellis

... One of my friends bought your book on Tuesday and stayed up until 2 a.m. Wednesday finishing it. She loved it. Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us. -- Betty Howe, Blowing Rock, NC

... Your life story has touched me and my family in such a magical way ... For my eldest child ... to have listened the morning [as]I was telling her about you and your granddaughter's piece on the radio ... and for her to have made this golden connection ... such beautiful spirit ... Your life story has touched so many in such a powerful and beautiful way ... -- Gail

"Silver Pages on the Lawn" is a magical journey back in time, not just to Nora and Herman's youth in the 1930s, but to the reader's own. Their letters evoke the hope, passion, and despair we knew when we were young and in love...All this, and literature too. The book chronicles their life of the mind along with their young love, and is filled with a rich treasure of literary and philosophical dialogues...soliloquies, references and quotes, and plenty of Herman's poems and Nora's passionate prose. The intimacy and poignancy are greatly heightened by our awareness, as we read, that the narrative thread in the present is being provided by the author at 90 yeaars of age, 65 years after the story...was cut short by tragedy. The layers of time and emotion and experience overlap one another delicately -- a subtle, intricate, tissue-paper collage that has survived, like their love, because it is stronger than death -- Deborah, CA

I am quite overwhelmed with the impact of this unusual concentrated but free dialogue of two lovers...It strikes me as most generous of [her] to have shared these remarkable letters. How much is revealed of Herman! The flow of his language is quite wonderful, unique in its own way as the quality of his thinking.--Agnes, NC

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