SUMMER READING

Vol. 2

June gathering

Summer greetings! I hope you are enjoying sunny and fun-filled days.

This is a reminder that we are meeting on Thursday, June 25th, to talk about our June selection, Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio, by Peg Kehret.

Little Gretel Restaurant

Thursday, June 25th, 9:30am

518 River Road

Boerne, TX

Shall we meet and have breakfast while we talk about our book? If this does not work, please comment with other suggestions at the bottom of this newsletter.

Ms Kehret writes about animals, includes mystery, and suspense.

From Peg Kehret's homepage:

"Peg Kehret has always loved to write. As a child she wanted to be a writer or a veterinarian. Now she includes animals in most of her books and, when she isn’t writing, she helps animal rescue groups. Peg’s books have won more than fifty state young reader awards." Some of her many books are listed below.

Famous polio survivors (from PBS.org)

Famous Polio Survivors

Among the famous survivors of polio are President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who contracted polio in 1921 at the age of 39 and used a wheelchair thereafter, though he attempted to hide his paralysis during public appearances. Tanaquil Le Clercq, the New York City ballet soloist who contracted the disease in 1956 at the age of 27, at first needed to be placed in an iron lung, but she recovered to a point where she could move freely using a wheelchair. Actress Mia Farrow contracted polio in the 1950s at the age of nine and used an iron lung while hospitalized for eight months before recovering. Other polio survivors include actors Alan Alda and Donald Sutherland; musicians Itzhak Perlman, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell; and photographer Dorothea Lange, who like Tanaquil Le Clercq, is the subject of an American Masters film in 2014 (Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning).

Mark your calendar and bring your book on the 25th.

If you have comments about your reading or want to make suggestions for our next book, please use the comments area at the end of this newsletter.