About the book:
Almost Perfect by Diane Daniels Manning is the Story of Bess (70) and Benny (14). Bess has a life long dream of winning the Westminster Dog Show--but at her age she has come to the realization that is not going to happen. Benny is a special needs young man with mild autism. Benny dreams of impressing his mother who is less than attentive.
Benny decides after meeting Bess that the way to get his mom's full attention and respect is to win the Westminster Dog Show. Well Bess has some reservations, but the two of them strike up the most unlikely friendship.
Daniels Manning has written about this relationship in a most special way. We begin with the two of them not especially getting along and then as we travel with them through the days and months--want a special friendship evolves. The reader will go on this emotional and heartfelt journey with Bess and Benny. Bess, Benny and the dogs--you will love!!
About Diane Daniels Manning
Diane Daniels Manning is the co-founder and director of The New School in the Heights, a therapeutic school in Houston, Texas which helps children dealing with social-emotional challenges find success in school and life. She has a Ph.D. in Education and a post-doctoral M.P.H from Harvard and is a practicing child psychoanalyst certified by the American Psychoanalytic Association. Formerly, she was the Director of the Reading and Learning Disabilities Clinic at Tufts University, Lecturer and Research Associate in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Harvard, and Chair of the Department of Education at Tulane University. She learned the inner workings of dog show kennels by writing an authorized oral history of a lifetime President of the Poodle of Club of America. Her writing awards include the Faulkner-Wisdom Novella Prize and the Women in Film and Television Short Script Competition.
When not at The New School, Diane and her writing partners, a Standard Poodle named Misty and a rescue cat named Elvira, convene at the keyboard to share great thoughts and plan the dinner menu.
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