“A Dual Inheritance” by Joanna Hershon is novel taking place through three generations. Starting in 1962, Ed Cantowitz and Hugh Shipley meet during their senior year at Harvard. Hugh has had a privileged life, Ed hasn’t, but his drive and ambition are superior to Hugh’s. They are friends, but in only a couple of short years their lives take different directions and their friendship ends abruptly. But did it really? They remain connected even if they don’t know it in this compelling story.
Sportswriter Allen Barra has penned “Mickey and Willie,” the story of baseball greats Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays and their parallel lives. Barra tracks each man and shows how their lives were very similar, each having the same set of talents. Both were trained by their dads to excel in baseball as a means of escaping a tough life of manual labor. Each had garnered fame at the same time and both had private lives that were very different from the roles they had to play in public. Baseball fans will enjoy reading the similarities between these two stars.
“Animals” is a board book for babies and toddlers. A photograph of an animal with the name printed at the bottom of the page, is a simple, yet informative way for young ones to learn. Don’t be surprised if children want to “read” this more than once and name the animals for you.
Top dog Duke runs a work crew at a construction site and each dog has plenty of work in “Dig, Dogs, Dig: A Construction Tail” by James Horvath. All the equipment helps them get their work done for building a new park. When they unexpectedly find something buried deep in the ground, they have to work extra hard to get it out. Wait till you see what they uncover in this fun rhyming story.