Journallike entries that sometimes deliver poignant moments.




In this collection of Facebook posts, a writer shares her daily moments of joy. 

A couple of days after the 2016 election, Giorgio (In Grace’s Time, 2017, etc.) was walking her dogs when a man in a “Make America Great Again” hat tried to kick her pets. The author intervened, and he kicked her instead—then shoved her off the sidewalk. When she discussed the assault on Facebook, many people were supportive, but others accused her of lying. Giorgio writes that she even received death threats. Overwhelmed by the political climate, the author began searching for positivity by posting “Today’s Moment of Happiness Despite the News” on Facebook. After her initial entry, she vowed to post a moment of joy every day for a year. The result is this compilation of her Facebook posts, beginning on Jan. 30, 2017. Sometimes the posts are tender, as when she describes her autistic daughter’s talent with the violin. Other times, she has to struggle to find cheer because the year proved to be extremely difficult: Giorgio was diagnosed with breast cancer; her husband lost two jobs; and her daughter was severely bullied at school. Nevertheless, the author did have some good days; for example, her novel was published, and she beat breast cancer due to early detection. Though her breezy, conversational prose is easy to read, Giorgio includes several eye-glazing rants, like the day she forgot her purse and had difficulty installing a printer cartridge. But other posts are thoughtful—when she conducts a book club for female prisoners, her compassion is memorable. While not a lot of political talk is included here, the tone becomes vitriolic when it is—the author calls President Donald Trump “the Orange Asshat” and maintains that “our ‘leader’ is intent on destroying anything his little orange hands can touch.”

Journallike entries that sometimes deliver poignant moments.

Pub Date: Sept. 27, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-68433-129-1

Page Count: 458

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

Review Posted Online: Sept. 7, 2018

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This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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