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I want to make AARP readers aware of my husband, Michael Connolly's, latest book … but few are chosen: A Different Path to Coming of Age. I think it will be particularly appealing to those who remember what growing up in the 1950s was like. I am the one who actually encouraged Michael and his co-authors to write this book after listening to them talk so enthusiastically about how their seminary experience had positively changed their lives.

…but few are chosen is the story of three boys coming of age in the mid-1950’s. Growing up in working class Irish Catholic neighborhoods in the Northeastern United States, they are desperate to escape lives of loneliness, petty crime, and violence. At the age of thirteen, ready to enter high school they each come to the same life changing, and possibly life-saving decision–to enter a seminary and begin their journeys toward the priesthood.
The book chronicles Mike, John, and Ollie’s fears, frustrations, hopes, and dreams while they proceed on their very unique path to adulthood via St. John’s Atonement Seminary in Montour Falls, New York. There, the three meet, eventually become lifelong friends, and begin the transition to being successful and contributing members of society. Lives that would undoubtedly have ended poorly are turned around in the structured, orderly, caring, and predictable life of the seminary. For the first time the boys come to realize that life is more than just raised voices and clenched fists. Led by priests on the faculty they learn responsibility, restraint, patience, and concern for others. They develop determination without aggression, and apply their new-found abilities to study, sports, and relationships.

 

What they’re saying about …but few are chosen

          Compelling, plain-spoken account of growing up in 1950’s America.  Haunting and beautifully-written.  William Klaber, author of The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell



https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_8?url=search-alias=stripbooks&field-keywords=but+few+are+c...

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JUST FINISHED A WONDERFUL NOVEL BY RICHARD RUSSO-"NOBODY'S FOOL"& AM NOW RE-READING MY "ZEN BIBLE"-"ZEN MIND, BEGINNER'S MIND" BY SHUNRYU SUZUKI. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND BOTH BOOKS!
SUPERGIRL, NO REALLY I MEAN IT! HER REAL NAME & MINE ARE THE SAME( FIRST 2 NAMES ARE)
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I loved that book.  I only read hardcovered books since most of the books I read are in the 400 & up pgs. and paperbacks of that size are hard to read while eating.  Also, they don't hold up well.

 

But that's just one of my quirks (of many)

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I just finished The Nightingale (Hardcover) by Kristin Hannah.  It about the French covert reistance to the NAZI take over of their Country.

Well written and well worth reading.

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@doglvr  I love Philippa Gregory.

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I got completely carried away with English history, via Philippa Gregory.  Read all her books.  Maybe I should get started on French history.  However my son informed me he bought 10 books of a series by Robert Jordan.

 

I wish I could read a book with each eyeball, although I'm doing pretty good reading My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell you She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman, and, also, Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind.

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Have just startd The Enemies of Versailles by Sallie Christie.  Fun and  somewhat light reading.  Learning a bit more about French history than I knew before.  French history has never been my favorite  and this is a fun way to learn..  Not too surprising the revolution followed soon after Louis XV.

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Just started

First Frost.

Sarah Addison Allen

 

 

 

Life's a Journey, not a Destination" Aerosmith
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Oh Boy!  Now you are into one of my favorites!  Author C.J Box and his Joe Pickett series.  I really like these a lot.  The author has lived all his life in Wyoming, so writes with great personal knowledge of all things Wyoming.  Great stories and character development.

 

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I've read all the Sue Grafton books in order over a number of years and when she passed away, just shortly after I'd finished Y is for Yesterday, I thought, she must have been ailing when she wrote it and that explained why it just dragged on and on and on.  There was so much in that book that didn't make a lot of sense and it was a sad end to her series.  Still, no wish to criticize her, I did enjoy the majority of the Kinsey Milhone series.

 

I've been reading the Joe Pickett books, a series about a game warden in Wyoming, by C. J. Box.  There are things I don't like and things I do, the author is currently up to the sixteenth in the series, having released about one a year, going back to about 2001.  I've read the first ten and liked the tenth one the best of all.  

 

I've started The Secret History by Donna Tartt, we'll see.

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