Through The Eye Of The Storm

By Cholene Espinoza

Through The Eye Of The StormThrough 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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Wild

By Cheryl Strayed

WildWild: 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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Invisible Ink

By Carl Veno

Invisible InkInvisible Ink : Carl Veno’s book, Invisible Ink, provides an insider’s view of the newspaper world during the author’s 25-years as a journalist and editor – at a time when major events were having dramatic affects on American society. Told in a no-nonsense matter-of-fact manner, the tales of experience are intermingled with the author’s family history, including the immigration of his Italian ancestors to America more than 125 years ago. Reminiscent moments clearly reveal Carl’s fond memories of growing up and his youthful love of New York.

Various newspaper readership “wars” were destroying and absorbing each other during an incredible age of change and discovery for the American people. Exciting and newsworthy issues including men and women learning to co-exist in the workplace, mobsters, racism, riots, war and space travel were fighting for newspaper space. Between all this the author reveals inner office politics within the industry. We all know from our own experience, differences occur at places of employment – management issues, co-worker competition, etc. – and it is all here. Yet on top of this the reader is introduced to interesting and eccentric characters, complicated work-related relationships and office love affairs. The epilogue closes nicely with the fate of some of the newspapers mentioned in the book.

Prior to entering the world of journalism, Carl spent time as a barber, boxer and army trooper. Not including his free-lance work and lecturing, Veno was employed by eight newspapers (some of which won many awards) and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize during his career. Carl is now retired and able to pursue his love of exercise through jogging and continues to write books.

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Condi: The Condoleeza Rice Story

By Antonia Felix

Condi The Condoleeza Rice StoryCondi: The Condoleeza Rice Story : I had the satisfaction the other day of having finished a book. Yes, you would think that those of us who write for a living would be great readers. Some of us are, some of us aren’t. I probably am fairly well read overall, but that covers magazines, newspapers, articles, and the like for the most part…especially if they can be found online!

My wife picked up a book for me this past Christmas and she hit it right on the mark — Condi: The Condoleeza Rice Story. Written by Antonia Felix, the book traces the remarkable life of now Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice from her days living in highly segregated Birmingham, Alabama during the 1950s and 1960s through her years as an academic scholar, college professor, and university provost, all the way up to her present work with the Bush Administration. Written in 2003, the book still has Condi as National Security Advisor to the president, but in 2004 Condi replaced Colin Powell as the Secretary of State.

The book delves into Condi’s life and doesn’t hold back on much. No, not much to criticize about this consummate overachiever, rather plenty of praise for a role model who has triumphed in the face of overwhelming odds, let alone overwhelming adversity.

Condi is not just a leading scholar, but she is an expert in Soviet {Russian} affairs, an accomplished pianist, and an avid football fan. Driven? Oh, yes! But, not in the “possessed” or “obsessed” sense of the word. As a black woman working in a mostly white male environment Condi has established herself on her terms and not on someone else’s. “Twice as good” was the mantra passed down to Condi by her parents who believed that black children had to do everything twice as well as white children in order to be considered equal in a segregated society.

I won’t give all the details of the book away, but there are some highly interesting aspects about Condi that some people probably just don’t know. Personally, I don’t think Condi will run for president on the Republican ticket in 2008 as some desire — instead, she aspires to be president of the NFL — but whatever Condi chooses to do beyond her time working with President Bush will more than likely include breaking new ground and setting the trend for all who come behind her.

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I’m Not The BOSS, I Just Work Here

By Howard Jonas

Im NoT The Boss I Just Work HereI’m Not The BOSS, I Just Work Here : Howard Jonas, founder and chairman of IDT Corp., was 14 years old when he started selling hot dogs on a street corner in the Bronx. Today, he runs a multibillion dollar telecommunications company that is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. What is the secret of his success?

The answer, he says, is in his religious commitment and the title of his most recent book, “I’m Not the Boss, I Just Work Here.”

Jonas recalls that as a little boy his father told him how the biblical Joseph, a slave of Egypt, rose to be a master of Potiphar’s house.

Potiphar was the prime minister of Egypt. Joseph, a lowly Hebrew slave, had one of the simplest jobs in the household – sweeping the floor. Yet, taking a break when more work could be done didn’t seem right to Joseph.

One day Potiphar showed up particularly late and all of the servants had left, except for Joseph. Joseph was sweeping the floor just one more time. Potiphar realized that Joseph was a man he could trust because if this slave wouldn’t “steal” a moment’s rest from him, he certainly wouldn’t steal from the household.

“I’ve kept this Joseph story in mind as I’ve built my company,” Jonas writes. Jonas believes that people who not only accept but embrace life’s challenges are truly actualizing God’s will for humanity.

Personally and professionally, Jonas has had enormous success. “Success is not a reward,” he writes. “Sometimes it’s just a sign of having tried hard and often.”

But he also has had more than his fair share of failures as he reveals in “I’m Not the Boss, I Just Work Here.” Jonas candidly shares with readers a time in his life in which he struggled with severe depression. Jonas says he wrote this book hoping to inspire and encourage others by the example of his response to adversity and the strength of his relationship with God.

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Still Life With Chickens

Still Life With Chickens: Starting Over In A House By The Sea

By Catherine Goldhammer

In a town where everyone knows everything, the author of this lovely, unconventional memoir came to live in a place no one knows exists. In “Still Life with Chickens” , Catherine Goldhammer wakes at midlife to find herself newly separated and several tax brackets poorer, forced by circumstances to move from the affluent New England suburb of her daughter’s childhood into a new, more rustic life by the sea.

Against all logic, partly to please her daughter and partly for reasons not clear to her at the time, she begins this year of transition by purchasing six baby chickens, whose job-she comes to suspect-is to pull her and her daughter forward, out of one life and into another.

As she gradually transforms her new home-with its tawdry exterior but radiant soul-she watches her precocious 12-year-old daughter blossom into a stylish and sophisticated teenager. And as she tends to the needs of six enigmatic chickens, Goldhammer’s life slowly shifts from chaos to grace.

Beautifully written and quietly profound, “Still Life with Chickens” is an unforgettable lesson in hope, in starting over and in the transcendent wisdom that can often be found in the most unlikely of places.The brave, funny and heartbreakingly beautiful memoir is available wherever books are sold.Jim Wicht has requested a thin black line around the photo.

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