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Sixteen lively stories fill this eighth book by Stanley Ely, written during a year of lockdown due to the Corona virus.

Highlights include a recorded visit with Sorefagel, his Dallas aunt who had suitors into her nineties; dressing tips from relatives who were seamstresses to the Russian czars; an award winning young French pianist; humor found improbably in Dickens; hair on men, too much, too little; the ubiquity of labels; and . . . everything in its place.

 

"Stanley Ely is a writer whose thoughtful essays in this volume reveal how lives are constructed from unexpected encounters: an absorbing recording by a passionate young pianist, the pleasure of rediscovering books by Charles Dickens, a relative’s tale of escaping political oppression as a young girl, and the surprising appearance of youthful hair on a maturing body. Reliving such moments as these not only helps us manage a year of Covid crisis but also understand ourselves more deeply."
— Drury Sherrod, author of The Jury Crisis

"If he stands on his tiptoes, he can see 90, says Stanley Ely. Even as he anticipates the future, he brings with him a past graced by memorable people and places. In this collection he recalls some of them, from the cemetery groundskeeper where his parents are buried to the effect of the Corona virus on a piano prodigy’s career. Humanity, he seems to say, binds us all together.
— Judy Alter, author of Real Women of the American West

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