Monday, October 21, 2013

Angels in the Darkness

I use Grammarly's plagarism checker because I only want to steal from the best

Angels in the Darkness is a stunning achievement resulting from felicitous access to remarkable primary source material.  This is the memoir of a woman who was ten years old in 1939 and living in Berlin.  The Bolle family was wealthy, well-known and respected, living in the prestigious suburb of Dahlem from whence Jewish families began to flee after the Kristallnacht, and into those derelict houses first came high-ranking Nazis, and later American officers.  Jutta Bolle went to school with Himmler’s daughter and Field Marshall Keitel lived around the corner!

The insight Jutta shares about the family’s fear of the Nazis, the terror of the bombing and the arrival of the Russians is both warm and chilling.  Her voice is real and carries the reader right into the events that she witnessed with her description of daily life in wartime Germany.  She is both engaging and appealing, and her narrative strips bare many popularly held ideas of this formative period of human disaster.  Lisa Farringer Parker’s masterpiece will engross history buffs, war story aficionados, and human-interest fans equally.  It’s an unforgettable read!

254720 words (rather long but never slow)
$9.99 (a little pricy but you won't regret it)

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Period Piece Racism

Yes I Can is, first, the story of a remarkable entertainer as told to his close friends, Jane and Burt Boyar, in the 1960’s.  It is also a frank, painful and intimate exposé of racism as it existed during the lifetime of Sammy Davis, Jr. as well as an insider’s look at the day-to-day lives of the brightest luminaries in show business.

The twenty-first century reader who is sufficiently padded with years will recall with dismay the days of institutionalized segregation.  Although it has diminished, racism has by no means vanished and it may well be resurging in our society that is increasingly diverse and polarized.  Sammy Davis speaks personally and honestly of the racial attacks coming at him from both white and black societies, beginning with his childhood in Harlem through the Civil Rights era when he was one of the most loved and highest paid entertainers in the world.

Burt Boyar’s uncanny excellence as a writer leaves one marveling at how any author is able to capture such depth of emotion using another man’s voice.  Yes I Can is told as much in Sammy Davis’ hip lingo of the Jazz Era as in his extremely articulate English that belies his total lack of formal education.  This is a fast-paced story that takes no prisoners and challenges the reader to keep up as the pages fly and insights unfold into the life of a performer without equal.

239790 Words
Price $4.99

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