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posts on 12/10/2009 3:40:39 PM
I'd like to share reviews about my book, "I've Always Loved You" by Ann Seymour:
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
An Intimate, Powerful Portrait of a Family at War, November 4, 2009
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"A deeply moving story. Ann brings her family to life with warmth, insight, and humor." - Nien Cheng, author of LIFE AND DEATH IN SHANGHAI. * * *
"Ann has written a poignant tribute to her father, a ww2 hero. She has taken us from Pearl Harbor to VJ Day with emotion and historic accuracy. This is a book that I strongly recommand." - Admiral S. Robert Foley Jr. USN (ret), former Commander-in-Chief, US Pacific Fleet * * *
"I've Always Loved You" was a catalyst to fascinating conversations pertaining to WWII. At age four, Germany and Japan were faraway places that existed somewhere in Outer Space, but I was too young to comprehend what was going on other than "something bad." Every night Father walked the neighborhood to ascertain that dark-out shades were pulled. Father was too old to be drafted. Search lights flooded the night skies over Burbank, scanning for enemy planes and probably missiles. I understand several parachute-carried weapons reached the West Coast, but their existence was top secret.
After WWII there was angst in Asia toward the Japanese, as might be expected, but episodes of hatred continue into current time. Learning about Dr. Ishi's torture of victims was an eye opener. Years ago I gave a lecture in Princeton, NJ on a subject related to California history. Prior to the lecture a woman who was born in China telephoned me with invective towards Japan that stunned me. She ranted on and on about the Rape of Nanking and all the things done to the Chinese. I was totally in the dark. My topic included Nisei. The woman demanded that I denounce Japan. This was 1990... not 1945!
The father of one of my friends was an inventor of the P-38 that shot down Yamamoto. A team of engineers worked on the P-38 in Burbank. Bob's father went on to design the Constellation, but died of a heart attack at an early age in 1957, right after we graduated from high school. Bob went on to be a creative genius who invented the heart clip among many other innovations. Burbank was filled with brilliant minds. The Skunk Works at Lockheed was top secret. Not even the wives of employees working there had any idea of new products evolving. Another classmate's father was on the team that invented the SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest plane ever. His daughter (my classmate) invented Fortran, an early computer language, for Lockheed. Burbank was a key part of winning the war, a bastion of brilliant minds.
Your book has marvelous value as a reference on the war. After my book was published, Berkeley's library contacted me for insertion in their archives. Yours should be there, too. - Marilyn Wagner, PhD * * *
The author talked about telling her beautiful story years, and now she's turned out a masterpiece. - Dinny Chase * * *
Seymour captured in words what many cannot even comprehend. The sacrifice and constant anxiety that was part of her family's life is so well written that the imagery lingers. The description of home with the family and the challenge the father faced in the Pacific bring the era to vivid life. Long after finishing the book, one pictures Pooksie, the little girl, her brother, Frankie, and daschund Jeep. The sarcastic portraits of certain adults like Billy Boy and the Grim Preacher ring true, as we all have a few of them in our lives. The love between her parents brings tears to one's eyes. This book is about the things that truly matter. - Barbara Doyle Roupe, attorney at law * * *
posts on 7/20/2009 2:00:09 AM
So true! Thanks for sharing this really helpful advice. I too was wondering about this book in particular.
posts on 6/14/2009 2:47:01 PM
I’m hoping that one of you bright readers can help me. When I was a freshman in high school (1979) I read a book. I do not know if the book came out that year or ten years before. I had just started to enjoy mystery reading and so I did not pay attention to the author or any part of the book that could help me locate this book today.
Some of the details are fuzzy, but the book was primarily about an elderly (50 - 60 yrs) couple that decides that they want to get away to celebrate their retirement. They decide to go on a cruise and to save money, they decide to shop around for prices. While trying to find the best price, they come across an advertisement for a private cruise on a smaller (50 – 75 feet) boat. They decide to take the cruise and after being on the water strange things begin to happen.
1. Little by little the crew requires more help from the couple,
2. The husband almost cuts his thumb off, and they do not give him medical attention
3. The boat gets stuck on a sand bar and they ask the husband to get out and pull the boat,
4. Their food begins to be rationed.
They end up just being tortured on this private cruise getaway. The story ends by the couple finding the captain’s notes and they discover that the captain is experimenting on how long subjects can be pushed passed exhaustion.
I’ve been looking for this book ever since high school just so that my wife and I can read it. If you can help in any way please email me back. Thank you.
posts on 6/12/2009 1:17:55 AM
What if Jacob Black imprinted on Maximum Ride?
posts on 5/11/2009 12:18:57 PM
How do I get in touch with the manager of this site? I did not see an email addy on the site?
posts on 2/22/2009 3:45:55 PM
I have Mark Twain's book Life on the Mississippi, Author's National Edition, Volume IX. I can not find a match to this book anywhere. The copyright date is 1903, the book is red, not green, and 481 pages instead of the reported 500 something pages. Also, the thing that is really getting me is that on the back of the title page is a handwritten paragraph that says, "This is the authorized Uniform Edition of all my books. Mark Twain. The signature is a match to what is available on the net for comparison. I need some help from someone that may know about this book. Do I need to research further? Could it be? Respectfully submitted, Donna
posts on 2/2/2009 5:05:34 PM
I bought this book because of its comments on several websites. I guess that I'm picky and do a bit of research before spending the money on a book from an unknown author. After reading Stellar Wind 2012 all I can say is: Three cheers to the author! It was a fun, epic adventure. I was entrigued from page one and didnt stop reading until I finished 2 days later. Bravo! Though I wanted to learn more about what will happen on the famous Mayan date: Dec. 21, 2012, I understand that no one REALLY knows what will happen and that all writings are mere speculations. In a fun adventure and scary beginning, Stellar Wind 2012 gives its versions what is happening underfoot today and what will happen. It was a "save the world" type story that had me laughing, worried, on the verge of tears and ENTERTAINED! And isnt THAT what a good book is all about!?? Three cheers Catherine! Hopefully some famous Hollywood Producer reads it and turns it into the block buster film it has the makings to be! It's a book for all ages and will make a great film. I'm keeping my eye on you. You'll be in Oprah's book club and on the best selling list soon! I'd like to read your next novel! Jasmine
posts on 12/26/2008 6:15:33 AM
I have eaten far too much turkey and tonight I will eat some more.
posts on 12/11/2008 2:50:22 PM
Has anyone ever plaid a prank call on someone? lol i did once. It was horribly funny. I called a person and asked what a ghost says and what insects that make honey are. I made her say it all together and it ended up being Boo Bees. I laughed so freaken hard. lol i was like 10 at the time i think. Anyone got a good one?
posts on 11/10/2008 5:11:14 PM
I like cheese and potato and ham and casserole. But especially cheese.
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