by Frank, May 25, 2005 12:38 PM
I've bought Holding On for at least five people, one of whom read a chapter each night before she went to bed. She called it a book of common prayer, which it is. It's a collection of short pieces by David Isay (of Sound Portraits Productions, www.soundportraits.org) on people across the country who are holding on to old ways of life, crazy dreams, and dying traditions. It isn't sad, but it is deeply moving. There is no way to explain the cumulative effect these stories have, but you will miss these people dearly when you finish.