In this collection of 17 untitled selections, Moskowitz shares recollections of memorable moments and personalities from her life, touching upon such personal and universal themes as pain, death, prejudice, and faith. Varying in length from two to 25 pages, these reminiscences and reflections exhibit the strength of love among friends and family that remains despite individual and religious differences. Moskowitz balances the serious with subtle humor in tales of her uncompromising Orthodox Jewish family and her own compromising ways, her experiences as a novice gardener vying with persistent groundhogs, and of a Seder during which a pigeon causes a false fire alarm. The author tells tales that we all have to tell, but which are important for her to tell, ``For who will testify, who will accurately describe our lives if we do not do it ourselves?''-- Jeris Cassel, Rutgers Univ. Libs., New Brunswick, N.J.
YA-- Memories of past joys and sorrows are reflected in this collection of easy-to-read sketches from events in the author's life. Among the subjects included are a futile attempt to diet amid the tasty morsels at a family wedding reception and the poignant experience of helping a friend cope with cancer. YAs will be moved by and be able to identify with many of the experiences. The book will also serve as a tool for teaching the structure of the short essay. --Roberta Lisker, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA