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The Sky and Me: Personal Essays

by Ruth Lercher Bornstein
Wellstone Press, Ashland, Oregon, 2007

A Review

I have had this small volume for several months, sitting on the table, under my bed pillow, in my favorite rocking chair. It is that kind of book, small, intimate. savory, each essay somehow presenting a memory of sensing that is to be quietly treasured. I read, I sense, I put it aside to cherish my own venture that the essay has somehow conjured from the depths of time.

Read it!! Read it!! It will take you from the lakes and hills of Wisconsin through the sands of Israel, the waters of Australia, to the beaches of Santa Monica, each place touching what is so wonderfully human in us all.

Ruth Lercher Bornstein was art teacher at Bearnstow in 1947, after she had just graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. We have stayed in touch. She has revisited Bearnstow, last in 2001. I have a picture from her of the two of us together at Bearnstow, which she dates in the ’90s.

—Ruth Grauert, November 20, 2012


The Summer Everything Changed

by Ruth Lercher Bornstein
Wellstone Press, Ashland, Oregon, 2012

A Review

I opened it, started reading and could not put it down. This diary—of a teenage girl in 1943—could be mine, except that I was 14 in 1933 not 1943, and I'm not Jewish and live in New Jersey instead of Wisconsin; this is still my story.

Above all, this book is about teen hunger for truth, beauty, all good virtues and yes, sex; of seeking for a perfect world, of suffering the frailties of parents, the blindness of peers, and finding the brutality of society.

Read it and never let it go—the wonder, the aspiration, the torture, the twist and turns of the adolescent years, awakening to reality, declaring truths, twisting to support ideals.and, yes, false idols, of finding the horror of reality and the who that we really are.

—Ruth Grauert, November 25, 2012

See Ruth Lercher Bornstein Web site: ruthlercherbornstein.com/



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