Cover me Boys I’m Going In! By Keith Hirshland

41nl-zsOvXL._SS300_I have to admit, when I first requested this book for review, I did not know what I was getting into. I thought it was a behind the scenes look of general tv, not sports.

I like horse racing. And, I have enough interest and knowledge of football to give healthy, wifely support to my husband.

That is it.

I even thought I would have to apologize to the Author and take back my request for review.

Boy was I wrong! Once I finished rolling my eyes at my husband after he said, “Everyone knows who Keith Hirshland is.” I picked up the book and was quickly drawn in!

Having to live in the shadow of his Mom and Dad (Ginger and Lee Hirshland), Keith blazed his own trail, and tells his story in a humorous and informative way.

My favorite chapter was: Guns Ablazin’ which covers, in a very funny way, coverage of the PGA tour. Although a brief chapter (as most of them are), I had to put the book down while I laughed my head off.

As television viewers, we very rarely take into consideration all the behind the scenes work that has to be done in order for us to enjoy sports from the comfort of our own home.

An excellent memoir that I highly recommend for both sport fan and non-sport-fan! A great behind the scenes look at the television industry.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Disguised Blessings-A wife’s story of her Wall Street husband turned bank robber- By: Jeanne Callahan Trantel

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If you know the true story of Stephan Trantel, Wall Street husband turned bank robber, you need to read this book.

If you are not familiar with it, please don’t bother. This book needs some serious editing.

I think I first saw this story on Who The Bleep Did I Marry? And, I found it fascinating.

In his interviews, Stephan came off as not having learned his lesson, and still a quite bit cocky and arrogant.

His wife Jeanne, appeared to be a strong phoenix rising from the ashes and I felt sympathetic towards her and was glad when I found this book, because I really wanted to hear her full side of the story.

I wish I hadn’t bothered.

I liked her before I read the book, and now I don’t care much for her at all and have difficulty even summoning up a reasonable amount of sympathy.

Please understand, I do not condone what her husband did. After the economic collapse, he lost his Wall Street job and ended up robbing banks instead of looking for another job.

I do however, like many others, feel his wife unknowingly played a part in his decision.

See, she was accustomed to their lifestyle and I see her leaving very little if any room for that changing.

She came across as very weak and spoiled.

During the time her husband was robbing banks, she thought he was having an affair. Yet, she never sat him down to discuss things. Yes, she ‘tried’ of sorts to get him to sit down, but I doubt she would have confronted him.

She wasn’t about to rock the boat and have her lifestyle changed.

I totally do not blame him for not telling her he lost his job. Not one single bit. I wouldn’t have either.

In the book she mentions that had she  known, she would have gladly gotten a job.

Give me a moment to stop laughing over that statement

I do sympathize with her simply on the basis it would suck to discover your husband had robbed ten banks, and certainly embarrassing for the whole world to know.

But, she seems to be very selfish and firm in her selfishness.

And, she was beyond spoiled. She got an ‘allowance’ from her husband and had no idea how to write a check and didn’t even have her own bank card.

Being spoiled and well cared for by a husband is one thing, being ignorant is another…

So, again, if you know the story, read it…if not, then give it a pass.

A must read for those interested in WWII History and the Holocaust. My review of: Miracle at Zakynthos by Deno Seder

51jdFD34ncL__AA160_As a Holocaust researcher, not even a whisper of this story had crossed my path. This is not just a story of heroes fighting evil and saving lives, this is an aptly titled booked, because the story it covers can be called nothing but a miracle.

The Greek Christian of Zakynthos, led by their Bishop and Mayor, hid the Jews and saved them from death. Not a single Jew was deported from this island!

All the Greek villagers knew the Jews were being hidden, yet not a single person said a word. Not a single soul.

Well researched and flawlessly written, this book is a must read for anyone who has an interest in WWII History and the Holocaust.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Here is the Amazon link for purchase:

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Jewish Presence in Absence (The Aftermath of the Holocaust in Poland 1944-2010) Edited by Feliks Tych and Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska

Jewish prescence in abscenceThis book is a thorough  and informative discussion and study of life in Postwar Poland.

Every day life did not just automatically begin again for survivors of the Holocaust.

Relationships, opinions and politics had all changed, and many returned without a home or job, or even the non-Jewish friends they once had.

Many Jewish Poles left belongings with non-Jewish friends, and upon going to retrieve these items, discovered the friend had often sold them, as they were not expecting their Jewish friend to survive or return.

This book also includes the shift in the approach of Jewish Culture after the 1970’s, and how this time in history is currently taught to today’s youth.

Detailed and exhaustively researched, this book of discussion is a combination of articles that were presented at an international conference at Yad Vashem in October 2010.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the Holocaust, as there are few volumes of work out there that detail life, politics, and policies, after the war was over.

I received this book from Yad Vashem in exchange for an honest review.

Here is the purchase link

REVIEW: Why We Love Serial Killers-The Curious Appeal of the World’s Most Savage Murderers by: Scott Bonn, Phd

Why We Love Serial Killers 9781629144320

Confession time…admit it, you turn away in disgust when you see news of a Serial Killer on television, yet you will watch  shows that cover the stories of such vile creatures. Clearly there is a large audience for these stories as the networks cover them almost weekly.

We watch interviews of neighbors and time after time hear them say how shocked they are to discover they lived next door to a serial killer, because he was “always a nice guy, always a good neighbor.”

Perhaps we don’t understand why these monsters aren’t more obvious to us. Most serial killers lead very normal lives and don’t “look” like monsters.

What is the fascination? Why are we shocked and disgusted, yet curious at the same time?

Author Scott Bonn, Phd is considered one of the world’s top experts on criminal behavior, and in his book, he explains our interest to us, and does it in a compelling way. You will be unable to put this book down once you start it.

He shares his correspondence with Dennis Rader, known best under the title the BTK killer, and he shares his interview with David Berkowitz.

As an avid reader of true crime and serial killer stories myself, it was great to learn some things about the most famous serial killers that I did not know.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the minds of serial killers.


My review: Naked-Stripped By A Man and Hurricane Katrina-by Julie Freed

Front%20Cover%20-%20CopyThis book is a memoir that takes us beyond the headlines we all watched on the news. This is a deeply personal story that is more than just loss of home and items, and dealing with being dislocated.

I felt like I was reading her personal diary, and the writing was so deep and emotional it felt like she was sitting across a table from me.

I felt her strength and saw how she grew stronger throughout her ordeal. She is not one for sympathy or one who wallows in self pity.

She showed dignity, intelligence and compassion for others all throughout her tale.

This is not a self-serving memoir like so many seem to be. No, hers is a story that needs to be shared. Should be shared. We all could benefit from the lessons we learn from her experience.

I received this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review.

The Struggle of Identity and Belonging for Survivors of the Holocaust

Holocaust coverI received this book on behalf of Yad Vashem in return for an honest review. It will be available for purchase on September 20, 2014 at Amazon. This books contains heavily researched essays of those who survived the Holocaust, who struggled with their identity and searched for their unique voice. It covers the loss of their traditions and search for a meaningful life. Well rounded excellent research. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in this period of History, and it would be a good starter book for those just stepping into these types of readings. So many books cover the time pre-Holocaust and there are many Diaries/Journals and writings of the Holocaust experience. This is a fresh take on the events following the conflict.


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