I had lunch today—in the middle of a Minnesota snowstorm—with Dori Weinstein, one of my Writing Friends. It was an excellent way to spend part of a very snowy afternoon. We managed to tackle the subjects of marketing, discipline in a writer’s life, event planning, picture books, novel writing, and series writing…as well as eat our veggies and catch up on the kids and life etc.
Dori brought me a copy of her newest book, Hoopla Under the Huppah, which is the third book in the YaYa and YoYo series. My daughter and I read the first one in our mother-daughter bookclub several years ago just when it came out and we’ve had the pleasure of reading the second and third during development. We bring the non-Jewish viewpoint to the author. In other words, we ask all the questions.
YaYa (Ellie) and YoYo (Joel) Silver are twins. (Just like my Rose and Thomas in Giant Pumpkin Suite!) They are hilarious and real and wonderful characters, as is their surrounding cast of family and friends. The series is making its way through a year of Jewish celebrations and observations—Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, and a family wedding are covered in the first three books.
I have learned so much from these books. I’ve also simply loved the stories. I had the honor of “blurbing” this last one.
This is what I said:
Beautiful, creative, and authentic explanations—so accessible, even for those of us who are not Jewish. The joy and beauty of this wedding, and all of the rituals and traditions around it, are tremendous fun.
Have a read—I’m serious about the tremendous fun!
And in case you are wondering…Dori and I are 14 inches apart in height! The picture we had the server take makes me laugh!