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Monday, April 21, 2014

It's Monday, What are You Reading? Our Lives, Our Fortunes and our Sacred Honor




It's Monday, What are You Reading? 
Our Lives, Our Fortunes and our Sacred Honor
by Richard R. Beeman



This post is the seventy-eighth entry for this meme suggested by Sheila@ One Persons Journey Through A World of Books. [Entries 22-25 in the series were posted at  the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories]



This was a book I received at Christmas off of my Amazon Wish List.


Amazon Book Description:

In 1768, Philadelphia physician Benjamin Rush stood before the empty throne of King George III, overcome with emotion as he gazed at the symbol of America’s connection with England. Eight years later, he became one of the fifty-six men to sign the Declaration of Independence, severing America forever from its mother country. Rush was not alone in his radical decision—many of those casting their votes in favor of independence did so with a combination of fear, reluctance, and even sadness.
In Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor, acclaimed historian Richard R. Beeman examines the grueling twenty-two-month period between the meeting of the Continental Congress on September 5, 1774 and the audacious decision for independence in July of 1776. As late as 1774, American independence was hardly inevitable—indeed, most Americans found it neither desirable nor likely. When delegates from the thirteen colonies gathered in September, they were, in the words of John Adams, “a gathering of strangers.” Yet over the next two years, military, political, and diplomatic events catalyzed a change of unprecedented magnitude: the colonists’ rejection of their British identities in favor of American ones. In arresting detail, Beeman brings to life a cast of characters, including the relentless and passionate John Adams, Adams’ much-misunderstood foil John Dickinson, the fiery political activist Samuel Adams, and the relative political neophyte Thomas Jefferson, and with profound insight reveals their path from subjects of England to citizens of a new nation.
A vibrant narrative, Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor tells the remarkable story of how the delegates to the Continental Congress, through courage and compromise, came to dedicate themselves to the forging of American independence.

Happy Reading!

Dr. Bill  ;-)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Comfort of Fences - Book Review - Virtual Book Tour



Comfort of Fences 
Book Review
Virtual Book Tour
 
 
 I am pleased to participate in this long tour - visit each of the sites, to get a great look at this fine book, starting here, with the complete schedule:

http://theteddyrosebookreviewsplusmore.com/2014/04/book-tour-giveaway-comfort-of-fences-by-stacy-overman-morrison.htm




Publisher: Telemachus Press (October 17, 2013)

Category: Contemporary Fiction/ Women's Fiction/ Family Saga

ISBN: 978-1939927569

Available in: Print & ebook,  244 Pages

Comfort of Fences explores the unconditional love between a trio of women: Ruth, the matriarch and builder of boundaries; Denise, her special-needs adult daughter with powerful secrets of her own; and Georgia, Ruth's best friend and source of strength and practicality. The dynamics of their relationships expose the ironies that the people we love the most can also be the people we most underestimate and that the strongest of loves has nothing to do with romance.


About Stacy Overman Morrison:

Stacy Overman Morrison was born and raised in Texas. She earned her Bachelor's and Master's of Arts degrees in English from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Upon completion of her Master's, she taught secondary English and adjuncted at the University. She took time off from her teaching career after the birth of her second daughter and has pursued her writing since. She continues to live in Texas with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, and two horses. This is her first novel and she is hard at work listening to the voices of her characters in her second.

Website: http://www.stacyomorrison
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stacyomorrisonauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/StacyOverMorr

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+StacyOvermanMorrison


My Review:

I was really looking forward to the story of these three women as outlined in the book preview. I was not disappointed in the relationships built and expounded as the story proceeded. Each of the three had distinctive characteristics that I found especially appealing. I am strongy attracted to stories of "family relationships" whether the characters are blood relatives or not. This certainly applied here.

Interdependencies occur in so many different ways as are well demonstrated in these relationships. I was not surprised by the ending as much as satisfied that the they reached this conclusion in spite of all the occurred in getting there.

For me, the only deficit to the book was the use of the dialect language for the younger lady. For me, it was totally distracting and totally unnecessary. I understood an a primal level who she was… I did not need to be reminded every paragraph. It almost made me put the book away, frankly.

Otherwise, I highly recommend this book about relationship, if you can handle the one issue I found disappointing in the presentation.


Added note: Stacy was just on television to talk about the book.  It was uploaded to You Tube, so they can view it there.

Here is the link: http://youtu.be/H2TlNSjUkEM

Happy Reading,

Dr. Bill  ;-)

Monday, April 14, 2014

It's Monday, What are You Reading? Among the Powers of the Earth


It's Monday, What are You Reading?
Among the Powers of the Earth

Among the Powers of the Earth:
The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire,
by Eliga H. Gould


This post is the seventy-seventh entry for this meme suggested by Sheila@ One Persons Journey Through A World of Books. [Entries 22-25 in the series were posted at  the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories]

This was a book I received at Christmas off of my Amazon Wish List. I read it a little earlier, cover to cover, and just realized I did not post it here, as I should have... ;-)


http://www.amazon.com/Among-Powers-Earth-American-Revolution-ebook/dp/B00838XRL0/

Amazon Book Description:

In this reappraisal of the American Revolution, Eliga Gould argues that the nation's founding was far from a straightforward bid for liberty and independence. Even as Americans strove to be free from Old World imperialism, they sought the recognition of Europe's imperial powers--and the authority to become colonizers in their own right and rule a New World empire.

Earlier, I wrote this about this book:
http://books.squidoo.com/full-of-meaning-for-today-as-well-as-200-years-ago
You may find this of interest, to learn more about the book, and why I liked it so much.


Happy Reading!


Dr. Bill  ;-)

Monday, April 7, 2014

It's Monday, What are You Reading? Unbecoming British


It's Monday, What are You Reading?
Unbecoming British:
How Revolutionary America Became a Postcolonial Nation
by Kariann Akemi Yokota
 

This post is the seventy-sixth entry for this meme suggested by Sheila@ One Persons Journey Through A World of Books. [Entries 22-25 in the series were posted at  the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories]



This was a book I received at Christmas off of my Amazon Wish List.

Book Description from Amazon.com:

What can homespun cloth, stuffed birds, quince jelly, and ginseng reveal about the formation of early American national identity? In this wide-ranging and bold new interpretation of American history and its Founding Fathers, Kariann Akemi Yokota shows that political independence from Britain fueled anxieties among the Americans about their cultural inferiority and continuing dependence on the mother country. Caught between their desire to emulate the mother country and an awareness that they lived an ocean away on the periphery of the known world, they went to great lengths to convince themselves and others of their refinement. Taking a transnational approach to American history, Yokota examines a wealth of evidence from geography, the decorative arts, intellectual history, science, and technology to underscore that the process of "unbecoming British" was not an easy one. Indeed, the new nation struggled to define itself economically, politically, and culturally in what could be called America's postcolonial period. Out of this confusion of hope and exploitation, insecurity and vision, a uniquely American identity emerged.

Happy Reading!

Dr. Bill  ;-)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Cover Me Boys, I'm Going In - Book Review - Virtual Book Tour



Cover Me Boys, I'm Going In
Book Review
Virtual Book Tour


I am pleased to participate in the Cover Me Boys book tour that began with Teddy Rose's "So Many Precious Books, So LIttle Time," on March 16.



Cover Me Boys, I'm Going In:
Tales of the Tube from a Broadcast Brat
by Keith H. Hirshland


Publisher: Create Space, August 8, 2013
ISBN-978-1482760521

Category: Memoir, Television Broadcasting, Behind the Scenes

Available in: Print & ebook, 519 pages

Publisher's Book Description:
Growing up in the shadow of one of network affiliate television’s groundbreakers, Keith Hirshland was destined to follow in his father’s footsteps. In this gripping new memoir, readers will follow Hirshland’s stories as he witnesses the creation of sports networks and works alongside the legends of broadcasting. With a career that spans more than thirty years, Hirshland has seen it all.
From the meteoric rise of Tiger Woods to the Kelly Tilghman “lynching” controversy and countless stories from the incredibly successful SKINS GAME golf franchise, his amazing stories provide a behind-the-scenes look into one of the most revered industries in the world.
Cover Me Boys, I’m Going In: Tales of the Tube from a Broadcast Brat gives readers an informative, reflective, and often humorous look at live television from both in front of and behind the camera. Offering an insider’s look at the television industry as well as the creation of two sports networks, this gripping memoir’s stories include some of the most famous athletes and broadcasters in the world.
With a behind-the-scenes look into sports television that few will ever experience, this exciting memoir gives readers a priceless glimpse into one of the nation’s most coveted industries. The first book to document the creation of the Golf Channel, Cover Me Boys, I’m Going In is a unique memoir that covers a number of fascinating industry moments. Covering the Golf Channel as well as the earliest days of ESPN2, these wonderful stories are packed with the larger-than-life personalities that made these sport networks successful.
Inspired by his parents’ death, Hirshland wanted to document as much as possible about his professional life. After having led an interesting and unique life, he wanted to find a way to honor his parents while passing his stories down to his children. A mesmerizing read for anyone interested in sports, television, or “behind the scenes” stories in general, Cover Me Boys, I’m Going In is sure to hook readers from the very beginning. With its eclectic mix of playful, humorous, and dramatic stories, this excellent collection is truly the entertaining, informative, and enlightening book that readers have been waiting for.

MY REVIEW:

I really wanted to read this book because I have become a real fan of The Golf Channel as well as ESPN. I have also found that biographies can be very interesting, and the broadcasting industry is of special interest.

Generally, I was very pleased with my reading of this book. It was everything I hoped it would be. Keith grew up the son of a local TV broadcasting executive, and was steeped in the inner workings of the industry his entire life. This up-bringing permeates every day of his life.

I highly recommend this book to you if you have similar interests. His specific recall of the details of producing golf tournaments around the world were especially fascinating to me, and kept me reading at a pleasant rate. I recognized names of many folks and was able to recall many events he produced as a viewer, myself.

I understand he felt it was necessary to mention the Kelly Tilghman incident and his feelings about the new Comcast management at The Golf Channel, but both of these passages in the text  made me feel very uncomfortable and I would have preferred if he had left them out or handled them differently. I liked the other 98% of the text very much.

I hope you will enjoy the book as much as I did.

About Keith H. Hirshland:


Growing up in the shadow of one of network affiliate television’s groundbreakers, Keith Hirshland was destined to follow in his father’s footsteps.
In this gripping new memoir, readers will follow Hirshland’s stories as he participates in the creation of sports networks and works alongside the legends of broadcasting.
With a career that spans more than thirty years, Hirshland has seen it all. From the meteoric rise of Tiger Woods to the Kelly Tilghman “lynching” controversy and countless stories from the incredibly successful SKINS GAME golf franchise, his amazing stories provide a behind-the-scenes look into one of the most revered industries in the world. With its eclectic mix of playful, humorous, and dramatic stories, this excellent collection is truly the entertaining, informative, and enlightening book that readers have been waiting for.
Hirshland is the son of a local television broadcast icon and an Emmy Award-winning veteran of the television industry. His experience has taken him all across the country, covering sport’s most famous athletes and television’s most interesting and charismatic personalities.
Having worked at both the local affiliate and national network levels, Hirshland was on hand for the beginning stages of ESPN2 and one of the first forty people hired at the Golf Channel when the world’s first niche sports channel began its preparations in 1994. For years, he was part of the production team for golf’s nationally televised SKINS GAME. Hirshland has worked alongside sports television’s most iconic figures while following sport’s most recognizable names.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/keith.hirshland

Twitter: https://twitter.com/khirshland

Buy Cover Me Boys, I’m Going In:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Book Depository

Follow the Tour:
So Many Precious Books Mar 16 G & spotlight

Deal Sharing Aunt Mar 17 Review & Giveaway

Dr. Bill’s Book Bazaar Mar 18 Review

From L.A. to LA Mar 19 Review

Monday, March 3, 2014

It's Monday, What are You Reading? Cover Me Boys, I'm Going In




Cover Me Boys, I'm Going In: 
Tales of the tube from a broadcast brat

by Keith H. Hirshland
 


This post is the seventy-fifth entry for this meme suggested by Sheila@ One Persons Journey Through A World of Books. [Entries 22-25 in the series were posted at  the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories]


I received a hard copy of this book to review for a book blog tour, see here, March 18… about a quarter of the way through, I was enjoying it so much, I ordered it for my Kindle. Guess that says something! ;-)

Book Description from Amazon.com:

Growing up in the shadow of one of network affiliate television’s groundbreakers, Keith Hirshland was destined to follow in his father’s footsteps. In this gripping new memoir, readers will follow Hirshland’s stories as he witnesses the creation of sports networks and works alongside the legends of broadcasting. With a career that spans more than thirty years, Hirshland has seen it all. From the meteoric rise of Tiger Woods to the Kelly Tilghman “lynching” controversy and countless stories from the incredibly successful SKINS GAME golf franchise, his amazing stories provide a behind-the-scenes look into one of the most revered industries in the world.

Cover Me Boys, I’m Going In: Tales of the Tube from a Broadcast Brat gives readers an informative, reflective, and often humorous look at live television from both in front of and behind the camera. Offering an insider’s look at the television industry as well as the creation of two sports networks, this gripping memoir’s stories include some of the most famous athletes and broadcasters in the world. With a behind-the-scenes look into sports television that few will ever experience, this exciting memoir gives readers a priceless glimpse into one of the nation’s most coveted industries.

The first book to document the creation of the Golf Channel, Cover Me Boys, I’m Going In is a unique memoir that covers a number of fascinating industry moments. Covering the Golf Channel as well as the earliest days of ESPN2, these wonderful stories are packed with the larger-than-life personalities that made these sport networks successful. Inspired by his parents’ death, Hirshland wanted to document as much as possible about his professional life. After having led an interesting and unique life, he wanted to find a way to honor his parents while passing his stories down to his children.

A mesmerizing read for anyone interested in sports, television, or “behind the scenes” stories in general, Cover Me Boys, I’m Going In is sure to hook readers from the very beginning. With its eclectic mix of playful, humorous, and dramatic stories, this excellent collection is truly the entertaining, informative, and enlightening book that readers have been waiting for.


Happy Reading!

Dr. Bill  ;-)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Hidden in Plain Sight - Virtual Book Tour - Book Review


Hidden in Plain Sight
Virtual Book Tour
Book Review

UPDATE, 22 Feb 2014: This book was selected to: Kirkus Review's Best Books of 2013!
See image of award letter, below...

I am pleased to participate in the Hidden in Plain Sight book tour that began with Teddy Rose's "So Many Precious Books, So Little Time, " on February 6.


Book Description:

Publisher: Informed Decisions Publishing, October 8, 2013

Category: Nonfiction - multicultural; cultural/social issues; biography & memoirs; art criticism

Tour Dates: February, 2014

Available in: ebook, 143 pages

Norman Rockwell's America was not all white. As early as 1936, Rockwell was portraying people of color with empathy and a dignity often denied them at the time. And he created these portraits from live models.

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People in Norman Rockwell's America unfolds, for the first time, the stories of the Asian, African, and Native Americans who modeled for Norman Rockwell. These people of color, though often hidden in plain sight, are present throughout Rockwell's more than 4000 illustrations. People like the John Lane family, Navajos poignantly depicted in the virtually unknown Norman Rockwell painting, "Glen Canyon Dam." People like Isaac Crawford, a ten year old African-American Boy Scout who helped Norman Rockwell finally integrate the Boy Scout calendar.

In this engrossing and often humorous narrative, Jane Allen Petrick explores what motivated Norman Rockwell to slip people of color "into the picture" in the first place. And in so doing, she persuasively documents the famous illustrator's deep commitment to and pointed portrayals of ethnic tolerance, portrayals that up to now have been, as Norman Rockwell biographer Laura Claridge so clearly put it, "bizarrely neglected".

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People in Norman Rockwell's America is an eye opener for everyone who loves Norman Rockwell, everyone who hates Norman Rockwell and for all those people in between who never thought much about Norman Rockwell because they believed Norman Rockwell never thought much about them. This book will expand the way you think about Norman Rockwell. And it will deepen the way you think about Norman Rockwell's America.



About Jane Allen Petrick:

Jane Allen Petrick is the author of several books on topics ranging from biography to workplace issues. She was a bi-weekly columnist for the Knight Ridder Newswire, and her articles have appeared in numerous publications including theNew York Times, the Denver Post and theWashington Post.  Kirkus Review describes her book, Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People in Norman Rockwell's America as "smart, nuanced" and written with "clarity and insight."

Born and raised in Connecticut, Jane earned a BA in economics from Barnard College and received her Ph.D. in organizational psychology from Saybrook University. Retired as a vice-president of ATT Wireless, she is now an adjunct professor at Capella and American Sentinel Universities, and has provided consultation in organizational behavior and diversity competence to numerous corporate clients including IBM, Nextel and Xerox.

Jane Allen Petrick was chosen as one of the "100 Best and Brightest Business Women in America" by Ebony Magazine.

Long a passionate supporter of cultural and historic preservation, Jane has contributed to local preservation efforts in both Florida and New York State. A licensed tour director, Jane conducts cultural heritage tours on the East Coast, from the Everglades to the Maritimes.

Jane and her husband, Kalle, divide their time between New York's Hudson Valley and Miami, Florida.

Website: http://www.janeallenpetrick.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JaneAllenPetrick


My thoughts on Hidden in Plain Sight:

First, be sure to read the epilogue to get more insight into the process that lies behind this book. I always appreciate hearing this kind of honestly from the author of book I read, especially one I enjoy reading.

Second, it was quickly apparent that I was not "the normal Norman Rockwell fan" that much of the intensity of the book is directed toward - I was quite aware of all the minorities and persons of color that have appeared in his paintings over many years. I followed Rockwell, for many, many years, and have likely seen most of the images he created - yes, I'm old! The author seems to writing this book for someone else. I even, recently, had the honor of visiting the Norman Rockwell Exhhibit at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, in Bentonville, Arkansas. The link takes you to the article I wrote about my visit and includes a number of photographs. Many of the images of his work on display featured a variety of people of color.

So, my primary interest was in reading about the many people featured in this book as models for Norman Rockwell and especially the actual interviews that provided background of the events that led up to and included the sittings and, in some cases, the follow-up stories of the experience.

I highly recommend this book for your reading pleasure, and education, regardless of your initial point of view.

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I was provided a pdf of the manuscript in exchange for an honest review.
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Image of : Kirkus Review's Best Books of 2013 Award letter:

[Click to see enlarged image]


Happy Reading,

Dr. Bill  ;-)