By Cholene Espinoza
Through the Eye of the Storm: A Book Dedicated to Rebuilding What Katrina Washed Away A pilot and reporter who has risked her life on the battlefield has taken on a new target-the human suffering experienced during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
Author Cholene Espinoza’s response to what she saw on a trip to Mississippi after the storm-and what she learned about herself-forms the basis for a book dedicated to rebuilding what Katrina washed away.
The book, “Through The Eye Of The Storm”, is described as a rallying cry for working Americans who survived the storm and an indictment of the public and commercial sources of assistance that failed them.
Espinoza details what she calls the seemingly insurmountable red tape and what she describes as barriers to assistance for people “who have no means to complain or demand better.” She sees her book as a story of loss and recovery, of the ravages of disaster and the healing power of community.
Noted journalist Helen Thomas describes the book as “the inspiring spiritual journey of a courageous woman who is dedicated to great human causes.”
Said Thomas, “We can all learn from Cholene Espinoza.”
Proceeds from the book will help to build and support a community/education center that will serve the Katrina survivors of Harrison County on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. It will provide young adults with GED, computer and other job training that will provide them with the skill to participate in the recovery of their community. Is will also serve the community as an after-school facility. It’s hoped the center will eventually provide health care services.
Currently a United Airlines pilot, Espinoza graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1987. In 1992 she became the second woman selected to fly the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft and was awarded the Air Medal for combat missions over Iraq and the former Yugoslavia. She is also a military correspondent for Talk Radio News Service and lives in New York City.
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By Cheryl Strayed
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail Wild was recently selected for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. This book is not a hiking guide but a strong memoir that reveals the scary truth. The main story centers around a grueling 1100 mile hike done by a young woman all by herself. Not only did this hike break her down it was also able to bring her back to life.
After turning 22, the author Cheryl Strayed believed she had lost everything in her life. After her mother died she found both her family and personal life in a hot mess. After four years, she decided she had nothing nothing more to lose, so she decided to hike what is known as the Pacific Crest Trail. It stretches from the Mojave Desert, goes through the states of California and Oregon, ending in Washington State. She had never hiked long distances before and she wanted to do this hike all by herself. She was more interested in the prospect of being able to figure out her life as she hiked the trail.
On her solo journey she comes across rattlesnakes and even black bears. The weather is also unforgiving with periods of extreme heat and heaps of snow. As you read this book you will feel the suspense, the warmth and my personal favorite her humor.This book does a great job when it comes to accurately capturing the terror as well as and pleasures of Cheryl. You get to experience all her emotions as she hikes the and ultimately completes the trek ready to start living again.
Why would I recommend all the women around the world read this book. Well simply put, you need to read how Cheryl Strayed writes with brutal honesty. She even exposes not only her strengths but also her weaknesses. The book is well written, and does a good job at revealing this situation which is familiar to many women. However unlike those women she is able to write about it and make it real for everyone else.
I noticed that she does share a lot more about her sex life too, and some readers may not enjoy this. Personally, I did not mind as this was part of her life story and she was after all telling her life story. If you are one of those readers who gets too emotional you may want to skip the first few chapters, when her life is at its worst.
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By Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games : You know they usually say that the movies they make do not do the book justice. This is another one of those situations when that is true. There was so much hype when the blockbuster movie was released, that as a human being I became very curious. It did not help hearing all the teens swear that although the movie is great the book was on another level. For the record, the movie is really good.
The Hunger Games is set in a fictitious country called Panem, which exists in the same area North America once stood. They are a total number of twelve districts that surround this nation. Often they engaged in war and and the districts always lost. In order to surrender they would have to each send a boy and a girl to participate in a yearly live reality TV like show called, “The Hunger Games”.
The main character is Katniss Everdeen, a 16 year old girl who lives at home with her little sister Prim and mother. Prim is selected to represent her district but her sister Katniss replaces her in the game where out of 24 contestants only one lives and wins the game. It is a very fast paced game set in different terrains, the rules are constantly changing and they even allow the audience to participate. Get ready for an intoxicating life or death plot, that is full of drama and at times disturbing.
The author Suzanne Collins spent her younger years writing children television shows on channels like Nickelodeon. She is a New York Times bestselling author for another series of books, “The Underland Chronicles” that was written for the middle-grade age group. The Hunger Games is actually a trilogy, in which she tries to look at how war and violence affects our children. Although the book is targeted at teenagers, often times I found the story very brutal. Judging from her previous works, you would never expect her to write a storyline such as this one.
The humor was much appreciated too.Overall I found the book was written very well and I enjoyed the way she paced the story out. Although violence can be found in the book it is cleverly written so that it does not become too overwhelming. There are very short intimate scenes that are perfect for the younger readers. This is one of those books I found hard to put down once I started reading it. A great read especially for teen boys and girls, who are at least 12 years or older.
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By Alan Furst
Mission To Paris: A Novel. This new 272 page novel is the latest in the series by author Alan Furst. The first one was released in the 90’s and since then over 12 other books have followed. It is no doubt that when it comes to the historical spy novel, Alan is the master. he is often often hailed as the best spy novelist the world has ever seen.
This book is set in the later part of the 1938 summer in Europe. The main character is actually a Hollywood film star named Fredric Stahl who we first meet while he is setting out to film a movie for Paramount France in the capital of Paris. The Nazis are aware of his arrival and they attack him. Unknown to them Fredric has agreed to spy for the Americans via their embassy in Paris.
Although there are many other characters, we always find Paris in the center of this story. Emphasis being made on the atmosphere and the lifestyle of the people who live in this bustling city in the years before the Nazi invasion. Unlike the previous heroes Fredric is not a member of the military or police he is a movie star. He is a decent guy, who is interesting to read about but often comes across as not being too intelligent.
As always, WWII era espionage novels written by Allan Furst are very entertaining. I was so fascinated by this novel that I found it hard to put down, so read it in one afternoon. As I read the book I did notice that Furst tends to caricature most of the German characters. Nevertheless, Mission to Paris is still a well written thriller. The way the book is written you feel like you are in that era observing as the characters try to understand their new world. The atmosphere certainly mimics that of that time period.
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By Joel Fuhrman
Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss. The first Eat To Live book was published in 2003 and was recently revised for the 2011 edition. This new version now provides proof in the form of updates from the scientific research that was carried out to support the author Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s six-week ‘diet’ plan. It is important that you noticed that I put the word diet in quotations in the previous sentence. This is because this plan is more of a lifestyle change than the traditional diets that we have been exposed to in the past.
In the new chapter, he explores toxic hunger and how it contributes to people being addicted to food. You really get to dig deep into the what causes you to gain weight. Basically you can induce what he calls toxic hunger when you eat the wrong type of foods, and Dr Furhman shows you why this happens. Toxic hunger is responsible for making people consume more calories than they require. What I really enjoyed was reading about how to fight any cravings or addictions caused by toxic hunger to the junk foods that we should be avoiding anyway.
You can use the information contained in this book to help you live a longer and healthier life. You should also be able to stop relying on medication. He’s goal is to try help you change the way you eat for life and not just for a couple of days or weeks. This book opened my eyes to what I have been consuming. Some of the foods I should be eating that were missing from my diet as well as how certain foods were harmful to my health.
Who is Dr Joel Fuhrman M.D.? Well although he is now most commonly known as a best-selling author, he is also family doctor that is fully certified by the medical board. He has also been involved in research that is centered around prevention and reversal of diseases using natural methods, that include nutrition too. He has been featured on many radio and TV shows, including CNN and Dr. OZ as an expert on nutrition and natural cures. He has written a total of 7 nutrition books so far.
What I like about his plan is that there are no strict rules. You have a choice between a week of meals for vegetarians or a week for those who do not want to take on the vegetarian meal plan. His meal plans are based on actual science.This is a a life changing book, especially useful to those who are obese, who suffer from high blood pressure or are a diabetic. You will learn how to eat properly from now on.
The way Dr. Fuhrman looks at the positive side of a high nutrient per calorie diet is just common sense. He does take the time to explain each situation in many different ways to make it easier to understand what he is trying to say. The difference with other ‘diet’ books
If you are considering going on a diet you must read this book first. Now that I have read the book I am trying to follow the recommendations of Dr Fuhrman. Simple changes in my daily nutrition. Even if you are not considering going on a diet, I personally recommend that anyone who wants to live a healthy life reads Eat to Live.
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