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Silver Pages on the Lawn – Book Review

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Silver Pages on the Lawn : A Student Love Story of the Depression Years of the 1930s
By: Nora Lourie Percival


A true story of lovers and their star-crossed romance that endures parental disapproval as well as the want of time, money, and privacy. To bridge long separations, they make love by words alone. Their passionate, eloquent letters, poignant and poetic, are the heart of this memoir and bring to life the troubled era in which their story takes place—the lean days of the Great Depression, war clouds over Europe, and the literary renaissance of which these aspiring writers were part, form the heart of their history.

‘Silver Pages on the Lawn’ paints a dramatic picture of the difficult years they lived through and of the steadfast love that survived it all and carried them through to the life they dreamed of.


I enjoyed Nora Lourie Percival’s memoir of college life in the 1930’s and her account of finding true love that endures many hardships. The couple are forced to keep their love a secret; Nora’s Jewish father does not approve of her relationship with a Gentile. The stress of the couples’ lives, attending college, finding places to meet, and often living miles apart, leave Nora dealing with severe bouts of anemia and Herman, her lover, with severe bouts of depression.

The couple are forced to communicate by writing letters to each other. Herman, who is a poet, writes dramatic and poetic letters. Nora often finds herself having to keep Herman’s spirit up through her letters. Herman has many doubts, but Nora is determined that their love will carry them through the hardships and they would have a life together, once she graduates college.

‘Silver Pages on the Lawn’ is based on the couples’ letters to each other. Nora Lourie Percival writes a poignant story of love and shares her precious letters with the world.

I recommend this book to all readers of history, a good love story, and the one’s who enjoy reading memoirs.

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Nora Percival 99th Year Young

Santa Cruz, CA: April 1, 2014 – After many awards, articles, bookstore events, and interviews for a writer who started at the wise age of 88, Nora Percival releases her best writings in eBook format. As an ongoing promoter from North Carolina, please help us in celebrating Nora’s 100th birthday coming up in October 2014.

Featured in an NPR interview, Nora shares in her immigrant beginnings from native Russia. Each of the three memoirs evokes a specific time in the 20th century including the two world wars, moving into the modern era, loves, loss, and reclaiming a full life relived with the release of the three eBooks.

A poignant read highly intelligent writer, blessed with an adventurous life, The Weather of the Heart, Whirligig of Time, and Silver Pages on the Lawn, are highly readable. Nora Percival was selected as one of the top six Guide Post Picks by women readers on for 2003.

Nora’s father left Russia without his wife and daughter just ahead of the Russian Red Army in 1918. It took until 1922 before they would again be together after immigrating to New York, USA.

Nora Percival’s life has never been easy. From the depression of the 1930’s, to losing her first husband to leukemia in 1939 just to find out she was pregnant. Nora was determined to find her way and to find time for her writing. As her life took the turns of necessity, the stories regarding the price of freedom persisted. Yes, and at the age of 88 the writing began and an outpouring streamed forth.

To Google Nora Percival is to find a life lived fully, and in later life with finished books, acclaim, a growing family and stories to tell in person. Share in this fabulous life at http://www.nora

Today the American public takes for granted their security, their television, cell phone, personal computer, and friends. A leap into Nora Percival’s three memoirs is to see first hand and to receive stories of early America during the dawn of international awareness and birth of student activism.

Book Review: Kuruk: The Little Bear That Could by Ku

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Kuruk: The Little Bear That Could
One Rescue Pup’s Journey of Healing
By Ku

Kuruk is a Malamute from Alaska. Kuruk wanted to write a book and tell everyone, (human and animal), “the story of my rescue and my healing journey”.
Kuruk is a bit of a poet, too, and loves Haiku’s. You will find Ku’s Haiku’s scattered throughout the book, such as this one to start:
I lived on a chain
Born into captivity
Humans with hearts came

Kuruk was born in a ‘puppy mill’ along with 170 other Alaskan Malamute’s. He lived his life on a four-foot chain; often without food and water. Some of the pack started to die.
Then, “some humans came and put all of us in crates”. So began Kuruk’s 3,000 mile journey.

In his superbly written book, Kuruk tells about his journey on a big truck, visiting with the veterinarians, flying on an airplane, more trucks, ending in a shelter. Kuruk says in his book, “Every day there were new
things that caused me great fear, so I had to keep telling myself I could do it”. He learned that the humans, at the shelter, were part of a rescue group called the Washington Alaskan Malamute Adoption League (WAMAL).
Kuruk also learned that his name meant ‘bear’ in the Native American Pawnee language. Kuruk says, “I had to draw upon the wisdom of my inner bear to help me each and every day”.
Soon different humans began to come in to the shelter and take the pups away one by one. A foster Momma took Kuruk from the shelter.
The foster Momma had other dogs at her home too. Kuruk was taken on hikes with the other dogs and listened to their stories of abandonment and how they came to be at the foster Momma’s house.
One day a pretty lady with a very big Malamute named Simba came to visit Kuruk. The pretty lady asked Kuruk if he would like to live with her and Simba. Kuruk was full of joy. “Am I getting a forever family?” he wondered.
The lady soon came back, with a new collar and harness for Kuruk, put him in her car, and off they went.
Kuruk had a new Mama, a warm and cozy home, plenty of food and water, a big yard to run and play in, and a big brother to teach him everything he knew. Lots of love helped Kuruk to heal.

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