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LEADING A CHARMED LIFE!

 

Sticks and Stones and Broken Bones: What a Charmed Life I Lead, by Linda Lee King (Abbott Press, Bloomington, Indiana, 2014, 269 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

October 17, 2014 (San Diego)--Linda Lee King, a recovering Catholic, news reporter, and publisher of a weekly newspaper, the Free Press News, who has struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) since childhood, encapsulates that and all her experiences in a riveting book, Sticks and Stones and Broken Bones: What a Charmed Life I Lead. Growing up in 1950s America where children did not speak until spoken to and when the Catholic Church concealed many occurrences of inappropriate behavior, one moment in her young life caused trauma that would haunt her into adulthood. That sets the tone for this well-written book.

THE HURT AND PAIN A CHILD REMEMBERS

 

The Remembered Self: A Journey Into The Heart Of The Beast, by M.J. Payne (Dog Ear Publishing, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2014, 180 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

October 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - M.J. Payne, a graduate of the University of Kentucky Honors Program and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, has written a sordid story of human sexuality and trauma based on a true story; The Remembered Self: A Journey Into The Heart Of The Beast. If not for my numerous communications with her I would think it a work of fiction, for some of it is too graphic and traumatic beyond belief, but it did actually happen according to the author. Payne does not attempt to sugar-coat this story, and what happened to her starting as a child, and perhaps that is therapeutic for her.

NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN HAVE SHOWN US THROUGH THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS THAT THEIR PLACE IN HISTORY IS WELL-DESERVED

 

100+ NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD, by KB Schaller (Peppertree Press, LLC., 2014, Sarasota, Florida, 213 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

                                                             

“Be ashamed to die before you have Won some battle for humanity.”

 - Horace Mann (1796-1859), spoken to a college graduation class  a few weeks before his death.

 

September 26, 2014 (San Diego's East County)--Generally when we think of Native American women and their contributions to history and society, Pocahantas and Sacagawea come to mind. That is, until this groundbreaking book by Cherokee/Seminole heritage author KB Schaller, M.Ed., 100+ Native American Women Who Changed The World. Warriors, educators, an aerospace pioneer, a Catholic saint…100+ Native American Women Who Changed the World is a stellar collection of historical and contemporary women of indigenous heritage who have contributed to the survival and success of their families, communities – and the United States of America. This book is destined to be in classrooms throughout the country.

CHILD OF THE STORM: HOW AN ANGRY YOUNG MAN FOUND A BOND WITH THE SEA AND CHANGED OUR LIVES FOREVER

 

Child of The Storm, by Kirk Lee Aeder (Mutual Publishing, LLC, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2012, 306 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

September 12, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Kirk Lee Aeder, currently a resident of Hawaii, the acknowledged birthplace of surfing, has written an iconic book about how an angry young man formed a bond with the sea and changed our lives forever; Child of The Storm.It has been described as “One of the most compelling, tragic, yet inspiring stories in the history of surfing.” It is all that, and much more! Aeder’s book is the story of Chris O’Rourke, a shy young Irish boy from New Jersey who had an affinity for playing in the water. It chronicles O’Rourke’s family being unexpectedly forced to flee their East Coast home and lavish lifestyle, and journey as far west as possible, La Jolla and the shores of the Pacific Ocean. It is very possible from reading this heartfelt and well written book, that the presumed anger in this young man came about as a result of this sudden uprooting of his family.

AUTHOR TO SHARE TALES OF ALPINE'S PAST SEPT. 11

 

East County News Service

August 30, 2014 (Alpine) – Author Carlette Anderson will share stories and artifacts from the Alpine Woman’s Club’s 100-year history during the group’s meeting on Thursday, September 11th at 6 p.m. in the Alpine Library, 2140 Arnold Way in Alpine.

DEJA VU: PRELUDE TO MICHAEL BROWN AND FERGUSON, MISSOURI

 

The Lynching of Cleo Wright, by Dominic J. Capeci, Jr. (The University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 1998, 274 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

August 25, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Terry Teachout, a New York Times critic, playwright, and inveterate blogger, and I have something in common. He and I were both born in the “bootheel” of Missouri, he in Sikeston and I in Charleston – in the area of one of the most tragic and heinous lynchings in the annals of America; the lynching of Cleo Wright. We both, also have weighed in on Dominic J. Capeci’s book; The Lynching of Cleo Wright, which has been described as “a creatively conceptualized anatomy of a lynching, and “Capeci places the lynching of Cleo Wright within the context of the city of Sikeston, the state of Missouri, and the nation.” This book should also be viewed in context with the ongoing furor and debate of Ferguson, Missouri and the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white policeman.

MIRACLES ACTUALLY HAPPEN: AUTHOR CREDITS DIVINE INTERVENTION

 

Lasting Impact: My Miraculous Recovery From Total Paralysis, by John Miksa, with Scott P. Leary, M.D. (Tate Publishing and Enterprises, LLC, Mustang, Oklahoma, 2014, 224 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

August 17, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Yes, I believe in miracles, for in my lifetime I have witnessed and been personally involved in miracles. John Miksa has authored a book, with the assistance of Scott P. Leary, M.D., about the ultimate miracle; Lasting Impact: My Miraculous Recovery From Total Paralysis.

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: FROM JULY 27, 2014

 

For complete Calendar including Authors Events, go to www.SDWriteWay.org

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HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH CHILDREN’S AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR/SINGER ANAT TOUR

July 26, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)—The East County Magazine Show sat down with Anat Tour, whose passion is illustrating and writing children’s books produced in multi-media format with CD/DVD audio to delight youngsters.

Hear our interview here, which originally aired on KNSJ 89.1 FM:  http://kiwi6.com/file/slr2nuzhqw

 Her works include Mama’s Shoe, The Rainbow Animals and her latest work, I Dream of Puffy Clouds.  East County Magazine book reviewer Dennis Moore has called Anat Tour  East County’s “own Renaissance woman.”  Originally from Canada, Tour is a master of mathematics, art, music, writing and more. By day, she is a mother of four and a math teacher at a local high school By night she is a lead singer in a local band.  In between, she is a writer and illustrator of children’s books as well as an animator.  She has also been an international model.  Stay tuned for more works by this intriguing author!

THE RISE AND FALL OF THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS

 

Laker Girl by Jeanie Buss, Triumph Books, Chicago, Illinois, 2013, 310 pages.

Book Review by Dennis Moore

The Los Angeles Lakers are at a crossroad in history and basketball lore and legacy. These last few years have not been kind to them, and author and Lakers’ VP in charge of basketball affairs Jeanie Buss puts it all in perspective in her book Laker Girl. She writes a candid tell-all account of the Lakers’ rise to basketball and sports’ glory, and their descent into implosion on a scale that is astounding, especially considering the legendary history and beginnings of this franchise.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH SIMONETTA CARR, AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF ANSELM OF CANTERBURY

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

July 20, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Santee resident Simonetta Carr’s book, Anselm of Canterbury, was named Best Biography in the San Diego Book Awards.  East County Magazine recently interview Carr on the Bookshelf segment of our East County Magazine Radio show on KNSJ.

You can now hear our interview here:  http://kiwi6.com/file/51gcwpzbuy.

For more information on the author and her works, scroll down.

SAID I WOULDN'T TELL IT...BUT I JUST CAN'T KEEP IT TO MYSELF

 

Book Review by Dennis Moore

July 19, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Tameka Hicks is on the Dean’s List at Xavier University in New Orleans, but as proud as she might be of that achievement I get the feeling from reading her book; Said I Wouldn’t Tell It…But I Just Can’t keep It To Myself, that she is most proud of being on “God’s List.” Being given up at birth by her parents and after being placed in from foster home to foster home, Hicks describes in this spiritual and heartrending book how her trust level had bottomed out, describing in vivid detail how she was abused mentally, emotionally and physically. This young lady has aspirations of being a CEO of a Fortune 500 company and building her own ministry. From talking with her and reading this book, I can say that she is well on her way.

BAJA CALIFORNIA: A GUIDE FOR SURVIVAL IN A LAND OF BEAUTY

 

My Gold Coast: Baja A Practical Guide 2nd Edition, by Susan A. Mahalick

Book Review by Dennis Moore

Susan A. Mahalick, having grown up in Middlesex, New Jersey, has written an indispensable primer and guide for those considering visiting or an extended stay in Mexico; My Gold Coast: Baja A Practical Guide 2nd Edition. The author states: “A sampler of information and interesting things to do in this part of Baja. This book represents 11 years of living and thriving in a wonderful climate with a culture that is both delightful and welcoming to people from other countries It is not just about the low cost of living, it is about an experience of community with fellow expatriates and locals alike. This is what makes this place so special.”

READERS AND WRITERS CALENDAR: FROM JULY 6, 2014

 

For complete Calendar including Authors Events, go to www.SDWriteWay.org

Readers

July 6 (Sunday, 4:00 pm) — Young adult writer John Corey Whaley will sign his book at The Yellow Book Road, 2750 Historic Decatur Road No. 101, San Diego. For additional information, go to http://www.yellowbookroad.com/ or call (619) 955-5188.

EXOTIC BIRDS AT ALPINE LIBRARY

 

 

July 5, 2014 (Alpine)--The Alpine Library hosted a Summer Reading program on Saturday, June 28, featuring exotic birds from around the world.

TRANSFORMING EARLY LEARNERS INTO SUPERB READERS: PROMOTING LITERACY AT SCHOOL, AT HOME, AND WITHIN THE COMMUNITY, BY ANDREA M. NELSON-ROYES, EdD

 

Book Review by Dennis Moore

Andrea Nelson-Royes, EdD, an educator, researcher, author, and parent who has a passionate interest in how children learn to read and how to keep them reading, has authored a book that demonstrates all that she has experienced and believes in; Transforming Early Learners into Superb Readers: Promoting Literacy at School, at Home, and within the Community. It starts for her at home with her own children, endeavoring to give them the opportunity at the best possible education that they can get. Being a mother of four children gives her ample time and opportunity to test her passion for the education of other parent’s children.

A CITY DIVIDED: GERMAN AUTHOR SHARES MEMORIES DURING RISE AND FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL

 

By: Trevor Hill

June 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- J. Elke Ertle, author of Walled-In, A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom, hosted a book signing at the Lemon Grove Library on May 28, where she spoke about the history of the Berlin Wall and her experience in West Berlin during the separation. Ertle described her book as “juxtaposing historical events with personal experiences”. She calls it “a coming of age story. Of breaking off and staying alone."

BLAZING LAPTOPS BENEFIT TO HELP WRITING COMMUNITY

 

May 30, 2014 (San Diego) – An all-day writing fundraiser is planned on Sunday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 5  p.m. to benefit Writers Ink programs for the San Diego writing community.

AUTHOR WHO FLED COLD WAR IN BERLIN WILL SPEAK MAY 28 IN LEMON GROVE

 

May 26, 2014 (Lemon Grove) --  When J. Elke Ertle heard John F. Kennedy's famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech in 1963, America suddenly became more real than ever.  Ertle will relate the story of her flight to America from a "walled-in" existence domestically and politically on May 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane.

SILENT BIRD NOMINATED AS FINALIST IN 2014 SAN DIEGO BOOK AWARDS

 

May 24, 2014 (San Diego) – East County Magazine Show’s Bookshelf host, Reina Menasche, announced this week that her second novel, Silent Bird, is a finalist in this year’s San Diego Book Awards in the romance category.

For more details, see the links below. Congratulations, Reina!

http://www.sdbookawards.com/2014/05/15/2012-finalists-being-announced/

HEAR AUTHOR PEGGY SNYDER DISCUSS HER BOOK, THE TEN MINUTE COGNITIVE WORKOUT

 

May 23, 2014 (San Diego) – East County Magazine Show’s Bookshelf host Reina Menasche recently interviewed local author Peggy Snyder regarding her book, The Ten Minute Cognitive Workout,  on KNSJ.

SUCCESS IN SCHOOL AND CAREER: COMMON CORE STANDARDS IN LANGUAGE ARTS K - 5, BY ANDREA M. NELSON-ROYES, EdD

 

 

 

Book Review by Dennis Moore

Every Child in America deserves a world-class education. Today, more than ever, a world-class education is a prerequisite for success. America was once the best-educated nation in the world. A generation ago, we led all nations in college completion, but today, ten countries have passed us. The issue is not that their students are smarter than ours. It is that these countries are being smarter about how to educate their students. And the countries that out-educate us today will out-compete us tomorrow.

We must do better. Together we must achieve a new goal, that by 2020, the United States will once again lead the world in college completion. We must raise the expectations for our students, our schools, and ourselves – this must be a national priority. We must ensure that every student graduate from high school well prepared for college and a career. -- President Barack Obama (2010), 44th President of the United States

“A Blueprint for Reform: The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act”

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH BEST-SELLING TRUE CRIME AUTHOR CAITLIN ROTHER

 

 

April 27, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – A podcast of our interview with Caitlin Rother, author of the true-crime book Lost Girls, is now online. Listen here:  http://kiwi6.com/file/1segvv83yg  Rother discusses the story-behind-the-story of her research and writing this landmark book on two high-profile and heart-wrenching cases of missing, murdered teen girls.  Rother also discusses her other works, including her latest, "I'll Take Care of You."

East County Magazine book reviewer Dennis Moore said of  Lost Girls, "New York Times bestselling author Caitlin Rother, a San Diego resident and journalist, has written a true-crime book that I am sure will resonate with all parents: Lost Girls. Pulitzer-nominated author Rother delivers an incisive, heartbreaking true-life thriller that touches our deepest fears. It is the story of John Gardner, who raped and murdered local San Diego teens Chelsea King and Amber Dubois.

Read the full review here:http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/book-review-lost-girls-offers-chilling-and-riveting-insights-king-and-dubois-murders

SD LIBRARIES ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE CONCERT SERIES: MAY 2014 CONCERTS

 

April 26, 2014 (San Diego County) - The spring series of the San Diego County Library Acoustic Showcase continues in May with eight concerts taking place throughout the month!

The Acoustic Showcase series offers a wonderful variety of some of San Diego's very best singer/songwriters, folk music performers and story tellers. These concerts are free and include several in East County and San Diego’s inland areas.  Scroll down for details on these, or for a full list of the concerts countywide, visit http://www.sdcl.org.

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