Praise for the book Invited to Life:


"It's a little unorthodox to describe any journalist's work as loving—and yet, that's the word I keep returning to here, reading through the chronicle of stories that make up Invited to Life. This is a work of loving attention, focused on a set of people who are wonderfully, idiosyncratically different, but whose endurance and gratitude hold humbling lessons for those of us lucky enough to witness them. Van Sise is a patient storyteller: the voices of his subjects, the rhythms and tones of their memories, all ring out clearly through his writing. To read this book is to sit at his side in their living rooms and kitchens, listening to music, looking at their photos, hearing their silences and laughter, being transfixed by their stories. Without turning away from the more difficult aspects of this history—and there are, needless to say, plenty—Van Sise also lets us experience his subjects' joys, humor, and the determination with which they live. This book is a gift to us and to history." — Corinne Segal, LitHub


"B.A. Van Sise's photographs aren't typical- and that's the point...[These portraits] exude strength, serenity, and pure joy. Van Sise shows the myriad ways in which these survivors have demonstrated resilience, remembrance, creativity and connection."  — Cathryn J. Prince, The Forward


"Thoughtful, kind and insightful, [Invited to Life] is, at different points, hilarious, breathtaking, and gut-wrenching. It's always worth your attention." — Sara Beth Berman,  Hey Alma

“[Along with] handsome and sensitive portraits...Van Sise identifies lessons for our unsettled time. Invit­ed to Life is a com­pelling and mem­o­rable por­trait that tes­ti­fies to the strength and endurance of the human spirit.” — Maron L. Waxman, Jewish Book Council


“Poignant and exquisite.” — Karen Lehrman Bloch, Jewish Journal


"A truly powerful collection of images, stories, allegories and lives...Van Sise is writing with light, as if drawn by Picasso himself.
It is extremely difficult to make this look simple. The light transforms from a simple instrument and becomes representative of amusement and laughter, it is hope in the darkness, it is sunlight from an invisible window that warms and comforts. 
This is the stuff that moves mountains, the small action that ripples across millennia."  —Cary Benbow, F-Stop Magazine


"Hefty, beautifully produced...he has done his job beautifully. He has been true to his intention: to show existence ongoing, life being lived." —Michael R. Caplan, White Rose Magazine

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