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Publishers Weekly Rave Review for ExtraOrdinary
Nonfiction review: Publishers Weekly–May 14, 2012
Extraordinary: An End of Life Story Without End
Michele Tamaren and Michael Wittner. Pearlsong (Ingram, dist.), $18.95 trade paper (222p) ISBN 978-1-59719-061-9
In this deeply moving and inspiring account, Tamaren and Wittner share the life story of a man close to their hearts. When Michele’s mother, Betty, married Herman Liss (she was 55 and he was 65), Tamaren finally had a father figure she adored. Always joyful, Herman exuded a love for life that was contagious.
His sincere concern for others, his keen intelligence, and his natural grace generated hundreds of meaningful friendship throughout his life. Wittner, who first met Herman as a result of a community service requirement in his high school, became a devoted friend to the older man when Herman nearly lost the resolve to live after Betty’s death.
The authors recall, in simple but evocative language, how Herman always encouraged others to follow their dreams and how deep was his commitment to treat others as he would want to be treated. Readers can expect tears to flow as Herman’s life inspires them to be better. (June)