At approximately 3:43 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23, 1952 a plane fell from the sky and landed in Elizabeth, NJ destroying three houses and a garage and severely damaging a fourth house. The local paper reported that ‘missing and feared dead’ was Donna Mandel, hospitalized was Linda Mandel 2-½, in “poor” condition and her mother Mrs. Florence Mandel in “fairly good” condition. Judy Mandel never knew her sister Donna, she was conceived after the tragedy as a “‘replacement child,’ born to heal wounds and provide a ‘salve for the burns.'”

I really enjoyed this book, it did not get bogged down in a lot of trivial details but gave you enough to follow Ms. Mandel’s life. She switches between now, her life, and includes the day the accident happens. By talking about now at the same time she talks about growing up, she is able to explain why things happened, since at the time they happened she didn’t have all the facts. She explains the term ‘replacement child’ and how being a ‘replacement child’ has affected her relationships with her family and the men in her life. The back of the book says it is Honest.Funny.Heartbreaking. It is all that and more.

I recommend this book to anyone who has lost a child, endured a child’s injury or is a replacement child. I also recommend it to those who enjoy well written memoirs or are considering a career in counseling. It will really help you understand how something at appears to happen to someone else can profoundly affect you and the decisions you make.

A Memoir

About Belleza

I got the name Bella because my grandfather called me Suzabell. I use that as a username and my friends on the site started calling me Bella. Thus was born: Bella Foxx's Life, now known as "just a city girl" since I have made the big jump from the country and am now living in the City, UES. I like to make jewelry (check out my blog "Bella is creative" started April 17, 2008) and write. I like to do cross stitch and knit. I sew, I don't really enjoy it, but I enjoy the clothes. I like to read the Bible, books, magazines, online newspaper articles, blogs, jokes on candy wrappers, ads on the subway, billboards, backs of food boxes, lists of ingredients and recipes, cleaning directions, sayings on shirts. I post my reviews on "Just a girl, living, reading, watching, and writing", on Shelfari, Library Thing and Goodreads.. I am allergic to practically everything: grass, trees, weeds, animal dander, dust, mold, wheat, apples, nuts, fish and coconut. The fish and coconut are so serious I carry an Epi-pen and wear a Medic-Alert bracelet. And last but not least. I love the Yankees.

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