Birdbaths and Paper Cranes

Birdbaths and Paper Cranes

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780452283695
  • 192 Pages
  • Plume
  • Adult


Syndicated columnist Randall’s writing style is intensely personal and unmistakably authentic, as if she were writing a letter to a trusted friend. She shares stories of how her blind brother once tried to drive a car; her sister lost a wig on a bumper car ride; her husband coached basketball while battling cancer; and her oldest child grew up to be “not a real doctor, but play one on TV.” In Randall’s hands, even stories about ordinary things-from a broken birdbath to a rusty porch swing to a thousand paper cranes—all shine with extraordinary meaning and grace. Laughing or crying, readers will surely see in her stories some of their own, and may look at life in a new way.


“Randall obviously loves to tell stories and has great respect for the English language. She draws the reader in with her insight and with her ability to bring a common ground to every narrative. When you read this book, you will, no doubt, join Randall’s legions of ‘close friends’.” —Monterey County Herald

“A joyful tribute to the human spirit, told by a master storyteller with a flair for the one-liner.” —Toledo Blade