WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 5 194 One girl gets the chance to go on to high school, while the privilege is denied to the other: the truly brilliant and original thinker. As their paths (and prospects) diverge, the girls struggle with their complicated feel- ings for each other. The themes of identity, class, and friendship are treated with keen insight, and the prose is beautiful. I could not put it down! * * * JOEL SISENWINE, who is marking his 15th year as the Rabbi of Temple Beth Elohim (TBE) in Wellesley, finds a book by an author who grew up in Wellesley and attended TBE, that combines science and spirituality. The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving, by Lisa Miller (St. Martin's Press, 2015) As a rabbi in our community, I always felt that a spiritual surrounding enhanced one's well being. And now a product of Wellesley, psycholo- gist Dr. Lisa Miller has synthesized the growing scientific research in the field of neurology and psychology to describe why this is so. In her highly readable book, Dr. Miller compellingly describes the positive correlation found between leading an active spiritual life and restrain- ing from substance abuse and unprotected sex, as well as resisting depression. This book makes for an interesting read for parents, grandparents, spiritual seekers and anyone who cares for the psy- chological health of our children. * * * JANET MANNHEIM of Wellesley is "the keeper of the records" of a book group that has met in area homes for a quarter of a century. Written 126 years ago, her selection has been reissued in paperback and is posted free online at www.gutenberg.org. Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), by Jerome K. Jerome Our book group reads a mixture of the usual best-selling literature and old classics. After learning that John Cleese credited Three Men in LINDA SEAMONSON of Wellesley has co-owned the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge with her husband, Jeff Mayersohn, since 2008. My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante (Europa Editions, 2012) This is the first book in a quartet by the Italian writer Elena Ferrante. Set in Naples in the 1950s, it's the story of a complex friendship between two girls growing up in an impoverished neighborhood. "an interesting read for parents" books D O N A T A S J A R A M I N A S

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