The day we blew up the cat: And other stories from a normal childhood By S. Peter Lewis

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“Tell me a story.”

It’s one of humanity’s universal requests. And it makes perfect sense since each of our lives is simply a string of days earmarked by the circling sun and regular eight-hour naps—we each live just one long story.

This is a book of stories: fifteen heartwarming essays that are sure to make you smile and laugh, and maybe even shed a tear or two. It’s a celebration of the notions that fatherhood and childhood are meant to be tightly stitched together, that a dad and his children really grow up together, and that wonder will be found everywhere if we just keep our eyes and hearts open. These are simple, peaceful, introspective stories that quietly proclaim the idea that growing up can be incredible and that amazement and inspiration can always be found in the simple elements of Everyday.

The stories have been selected from among more than 200 that the author, Peter Lewis, originally published in his column, Views from the Uppermost House, in his hometown newspaper in rural Maine. The column won top journalism awards in Maine every year from 2006 to 2013, and is still going strong—Lewis is a grandfather now, so there is no end to the raw material for his storytelling.

In the hands of Lewis, life’s seemingly ordinary things: mowing the lawn, painting a bedroom ceiling, turning around a boat trailer, sitting on a rock in the woods, standing in the middle of the road, take on a startling significance and somehow become beautifully poignant. It’s as if he really believes that everything that happens in every day can somehow be turned into wonderful.

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About Don Sloan

I am a former journalist with a major daily newspaper and now am a full-time Indie book reviewer. I love to write, read, drink good wine, and take short naps in front of my fireplace here in the North Carolina mountains.
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