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Why We Adored Patty Dann’s ‘Butterfly Hours’

I adored Patty Dann’s “The Butterfly Hours: Transforming Memories into Memoir.” It’s a memoir that is poignant, wry and modestly profound all at once. Add to that fascinating glimpses into the lives that the author’s students wrote about in the class she’s been teaching for 20-plus years at the West Side YMCA. I vowed upon finishing this lovely, inspiring book to buy in multiples and send to those I know who have a story to tell. And so far I have.

- Elinor Lipman
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