"In this deeply moving and inspiring account, Tamaren and Wittner share
the life story of a man close to their hearts. When Michele’s mother,
Betty, married Herman Liss (she was 55 and he was 65), Tamaren finally
had a father figure she adored. Always joyful, Herman exuded a love for
life that was contagious. His sincere concern for others, his keen
intelligence, and his natural grace generated hundreds of meaningful
friendship throughout his life. Wittner, who first met Herman as a
result of a community service requirement in his high school, became a
devoted friend to the older man when Herman nearly lost the resolve to
live after Betty’s death. The authors recall, in simple but evocative
language, how Herman always encouraged others to follow their dreams and
how deep was his commitment to treat others as he would want to be
treated. Readers can expect tears to flow as Herman’s life inspires them
to be better."Publishers Weekly
""ExtraOrdinary invites us to explore that which is true and enduring, even
beyond our last breath. The spiritual memoir of Herman and Betty Liss,
knit with grace and skill, humor and compassion, bridges generations and
cultures and faiths. It cuts through darkness and despair with a
laser-sharp beam of hope and healing, dancing us into our own hearts,
making love real."
Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.
Bestselling author, scientist, psychologist & pioneer in the mind-body-spirit connnection
"This is a true-life tale of transformation. In the pages of
ExtraOrdinary you will enter into a sacred space where illusory divisions
dissolve and the lines between this world and the next are thin. Through
tears and laughter you will marvel at the love shared in a nursing home
that became a house of healing for one special resident and all those he
Rev. Dr. Ruth Ragovin
Senior Minister, First Christian Church, Murray, KY
"In a world where our Western elders have forfeited their own wisdom,
here is a book that calls them back, that tells them the road is possible.
Even greater, it denies nothing of their struggle, but uses that as the
way and the giver of blessing."
Award-winning author of Meditations with Teresa of Avila: A Journey into the Sacred
"A must read! ExtraOrdinary: An End of Life Story Without End is at
once unique and universal. With brilliance and depth, Michele Tamaren and
Michael Wittner write of love, loss and the enduring human spirit. This is
a book that enters your heart and touches your soul."
author of Syd Arthur & Beyond Measure
"A beautifully written story about the incomparable Herman Liss, told
by the daughter who adored him for 30 years and the young boy who knew him
for only one. Through their words they shine a brilliant light on a
remarkable man whom every reader will wish they, too, could have met. I
only wish I had this book in my hands as I was caring for my own mother."
New York Times bestselling author, The Onassis Women & Where's Whitey?
"ExtraOrdinary is a page-turner! Although I never met Herman Liss, I
feel I now know him and am inspired by his modesty, goodness, and ability
to delight in life, even at its most difficult. Written with clarity and
insight, his book is itself a delight."
Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz
author of Does the Soul Survive? A Jewish Journey to Belief in Afterlife, Past Lives and Living with Purpose & Healing from Despair: Choosing Wholeness in a Broken World