We are so Crashing your Bar Mitzvah!! By Fiona Rosenbloom (aka Amanda Stern ‘89) The dust jacket tells us that even shiksas will smile. I can testify that this shiksa, who left eighth grade woes behind over six decades ago, LOLed her way through the whole thing. One of the few rewards of aging is that I will never have to be twelve or thirteen again. How does anyone survive it? Stacy, so beyond cool, is nonetheless left off the guestlist. Quel choc, as she might say. (Nice to see some French remembered).The outsized feelings and actions, the hopes, the crushing failures, the terrifying peer pecking order, the boys, the genius little brother, and the sober attempts to maneuver through the social minefield will keep the young and old turning the pages.
Sep 2, 2019
What’s it For? by Henry Humphrey ’49. I was surprised to find that the urban contraptions explained in this book are still mostly quite familiar even though the book is fifty years old. Manhole covers, standpipes, and grates still look pretty much the same. The gizmo where you put your change when you board the bus Is a thing of the past, and I suspect that night depositories have been rendered obsolete by ATMs. Still, the idea of engaging the curiosity of the young about objects they see every day is charming and timeless. I would still show this book to young children and ask if they wonder about the function of anything else.