This Book is Not Yet Rated
(Dial Books, 2019)

I fell in love with Raina Allen the day she brought her diorama to class in third grade. It was a project for the school science fair. We had been assigned mandatory projects in November, a series of boring topics that mostly had to do with measuring precipitation levels and learning about the various flatulent land mammals of our region. But Raina had raised her hand when we got our projects and said, “Mrs. Boswell, I don’t want to be a pain, but I think it would be better if I did a diorama.”

And Mrs. Boswell, who spent a decent amount of time squashing the dreams of Raina and others like her, froze for a minute. I could see even with my puny third-grade powers of perception that she was on the verge of saying, “Nope. Sorry. Precipitation levels for you.” But maybe because she was distracted, or in a rare good mood, or bored out of her mind at the thought of seeing another graph of Minnesota snowfall, said, “Okay, Raina. But don’t make me regret this decision.”

And Raina meanwhile had this look on her face like: Okay, Mrs. Boswell, you can send your teacher threats my way, but I AM going to make you regret your decision because this diorama is going to BLOW YOUR MIND. And sure enough, when Raina brought her project to our pathetic little science fair in the cafeteria on a slushy December morning, it was nothing short of astonishing.

Judi Bergen ’64 P’97,
Longing to Belong
(Lost Lake Folk Art, 2016)

Ben Connelly ’92,
Mindfulness and Intimacy
(Wisdom Publications, 2019)

Antonia Malchik ’98,
A Walking Life: Reclaiming Our Health and Our Freedom One Step at a Time
(Hachette Books/ Da Capo Press Lifelong Books, 2019)

Freya Manfred ’66,
Loon in Late November Water
(Red Dragonfly Press, 2018)

Erin Twamley ’09,
Everyday Superheroes: Women in STEM Careers
(Wise Ink, 2019)

May 7 2019

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