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Treasury of Joy and Inspiration: Our Most Moving Stories Ever    edited by Liz Vaccarello order for
Treasury of Joy and Inspiration
by Liz Vaccarello
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Readers Digest, 2012 (2012)
* * *   Reviewed by Carrol Wolverton

For Reader's Digest Lovers

If you are among those old loyal fans who love Reader's Digest, here is a memory trip. This 50th anniversary collection contains stories ranging from 1932 to 2012. I remember some of the older stories from doctor's offices of long ago and prefer those because of childhood memories revisited. Those old digests were the reading material of choice for waiting rooms.

Stories include an essay by Dwight Eisenhower (1948) and one about meeting Albert Einstein. Many stories will be new to newer generations. Lee Smith (1969) speaks of the joy of having a schizophrenic brother. Another tells of the defiance of two cystic fibrosis lovers and their determination to live life well until its early end.

Many are family stories. Some offer advice. According to Clayton Christensen (2011), 'People who are driven to excel have this unconscious propensity to underinvest in their families and overinvest in their careers, even though intimate and loving family relationships are the most powerful and enduring source of happiness.'

There is much wisdom here for thoughtful reading too often ignored in our sound bite, right now, computer driven world. This book is ideal gift reading for the older persons in your life, particularly those who are homebound or convalescing. It also provides discussion material for those much younger.

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