Thursday, September 27, 2012

Book Beginnings and Friday 56 - AND THE WHIPPOORWILL SANG

My Book Beginnings and Friday 56 excerpts today are from AND THE WHIPPOORWILL SANG, a true story of a family whose teenage daughter was killed by a drunk driver. The author says, "It's a funny, poignant celebration of her life more than a eulogy of her death."

BOOK BEGINNING:
August 23, 1981
   The doctors stride into the emergency waiting room, nodding curtly to neighbors and friends, indicating that they want them to leave. The door swishes shut, entombing me with these harbingers of death, who sit in a semi-circle about ten feet from me - as if getting too close might somehow contaminate them. They introduce themselves, one by one, but their names wash over me unheard. It is the looks on their faces that I will always remember.

FRIDAY 56:

   The doctor insisted that I remove all the baby's clothes and he would return shortly, a word that apparently means different things to different people. The doctor disappeared, doing whatever it is that doctors do while patients wait in small rooms devoid of their dignity.

AUTHOR: Micki Peluso
GENRE:  Memoir
LENGTH: 308 Pages
AMAZON LINK: Paperback and eBook
TRAILER: YouTube Video
BLOG: "A Writer's Journey"

MY THOUGHTS:
Beginning with Micki's marriage, this is the story of her family, with all the joys and challenges that being a family entails. It is told with humor and feeling. Although this touching story is sobering and could have been depressing, the family's love shines through the pages instead and it is joyous. 


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- Sandy Nachlinger



8 comments:

  1. Great choice, Sandy. This book is a "must" read!

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  2. I'm reading this book now, and so far I'm very inspired by it and Micki's writing style. Can't wait to delve in wholeheartedly after this Discover Documentary.

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  3. Hospitalization is a horrible experience. Makes one feel really helpless. Interesting beginning and 56

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  4. I didn't participate in Book Beginnings yesterday, but I'm glad I stopped by (looking for your Saturday Sample!).

    This sounds like a book I would love. The author's name sounds familiar...I'm going to check it out.

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  5. Thanks to everyone for stopping by and leaving a comment. I've only recently started participating in Friday 56 and Book Beginnings, and I'm enjoying both groups. My TBR pile has sure grown as a result!

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