Readin’ and Cryin’

The 1990 Academy Award-winning movie Ghost is a benchmark in my “films and books that made me cry” life category, capturing an easy Puffs Plus Soothing Care Family Size tissue score, easily brushing past Wilson Rawl’s book “Where the Red Fern Grows” (Marcal Purse N Pocket Facial Tissue Pak) and overturning 1982 film classic E.T.:The Extra-Terrestrial (Kleenex Expressions Decorative Oval).

Last night I demoted Ghost to Kleenex Soft tissue White 130 and gave the Puffs prize to Barbara Samuel’s novel “No Place Like Home.”

Oh, my heavens. Anybody who thinks that the main character is bad-girl-returning-to-the-bosom-of-her-big-Italian-family Jewel Sabatino is sadly mistaken. I didn’t even spare a thought for her breathtaking love-interest Malachi (yes, that’s his real/fictional name). Michael, on the other hand. Whew. Angelic, doomed, heartrendingly passionate for life. The book covers the time in which Jewel takes Michael, her best friend who is now dying of AIDS, home with her from NYC so that she can care better for him.

My face was totally swollen this morning, but I refuse to be embarrassed.

Other books/films/plays that deserve a tissue salute:
The 1944 film National Velvet (“The Pie! The Pie!”)
Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Our Town

PS: Despite it being at the top of every other woman in America and England’s made-me-cry list, Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights did NOT make me cry. Just so you know.

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