An amazing story of Tommy, who just wanted to be a normal kid........and how, with his Dad's determination, a special friendship, and later the woman who loved him, he did just that. And by the way, Tommy just happened to be blind. This is one of those books you read, and just think: "WOW!" (You'll LOVE it!)
A glimpse into the life of one who experienced OCD and Tourette's from the age of 5. His parents stood behind him and sought the best of treatments, but it it appalling the trial and error he experienced medically. Medicines which made things worse... nearly being committed to a home for the insane... I could hardly lay this book down. An amazing, and true, story.
One of the most beautifully and honestly written stories ever. The best book I've read in a long time. Rick Bragg began his life as the poorest of the poor in Alabama. A drunken father, and a mother and grandma who were always there to support and direct him.... and his own determination and luck.... were that background which he never forgot. Without a college education, but because he had a natural talent for writing, and because he could relate to the people of his storiew and told their stories with honesty and respect...... Rick Bragg ended up working for the New York Times and was a Pulitzer Prize winner. But he remained that same Rick, all through his life, who never saw himself better than anyone else. My words are trivial in trying to describe a book of such unforgetable emotion. You will never forget this book.....
A fascinating story of a kid growing up where the unusual is usual and the usual is unusual. Violence was all around, but nobody talked about it. That was just part of the life in Southie... One of those books I could scarcely lay down... It was that compelling a story.
A fun and informative documentary of an Irish journalist's travels across America. I hated the tiny winding roads when I visited Ireland. She was terrified of our expressways, especially with the big trucks passing her!
Wow! A book from the perspective of the hostage as well as from his journalism partner (soon to be fiancée). You will learn much about Iraq, good and bad, kind and unkind. You will learn the most about the resiliency of an American hostage and the power of love to sustain one in difficult circumstances. Yes, I would recommend this book! Highly.
We hear so much about the declining quality of education in America. Well, this is a story about the opposite viewpoint. Here is a young teacher, teaching in the depressed "flats" of Holyoke, Massachusets. She shares their joys, catastrophes and their small but significant triumphs. Makes one appreciate those teachers who really do care about the kids..... A wonderful story. You'll love it!
Wow! Awesome insight into the life of a young soldier in Viet Nam. Especially meaningful to me, because when my brother returned from his time there, he was a different person. He never talked about it, but we knew, he wasn't the same. Reading this book helped me understand that which can never be comprehend, unless you were there. But it makes me want to reach out and thank every soldier who was there, or in other areas, fighting "for their country."
Can you imagine: being a teenage girl, losing much of your face to cancer, and returning to school. This is a story of pain, taunting, resiliency and strength. How she went through school, graduated from college - and all she endured in the process. A beautifully written story of an unconquerable spirit. You will love this book.
A story of a girl, a dedicated member of the Nazi youth group, who not only must face the fact that her parents have been helping to hide a Jewish mother and daugher.... but she herself actually gets to know and care for the two of them. I enjoyed it myself, but it would be a good read for a teenager who would like to learn about what happened many years ago in Germany.
One of those books where the characters become your friends, you know and understand them so well. Life in Big Stone Gap begins to feel like home. And Ave Maria feels like she could have been your sister, you are that much like her. This is a feel good book and I savoured the last few pages, as I hated for it to come to an end. Yes, I recommend it. You'll be glad you read it.
The Holocost from a different viewpoint - that of a little boy, who just happened to be the son of the German commandante. A very touching story of the innocence, and friendships, of a young boy. You've never heard the story portrayed in a more moving manner....
They had been so close. But drugs and the friends on the street became the daughters family. And mother was dying inside. She made a difficult choice - but the only choice left. Read this powerful story of the mother and daughter's journey ...... and how they found their way back. I could hardly lay this book down, it was so compelling and powerful.