Book Review: Grateful American by Gary Sinise

About: Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service by Gary Sinise is a biography of the famous actor about his career, family and charity work. Mr. Sinise is a talented actor, known to many as Lieutenant Dan from the classic movie Forrest Gump, but is appreciated just as much for his work with American wounded veterans. 272 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson Language: English ISBN-10: 1400208122 My rating for Grateful American – 4 Buy Grateful American from Amazon.com* More books by Gary Sinise* Thoughts: Forrest Gump and Apollo 13 are two of my favorite movies, but the work that Mr. Sinise does with wounded veterans is what sets him apart from many of his profession. I was looking forward to read the biography Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service by Gary Sinise, and I was not disappointed. Mr. Sinise writes in a direct, honest way in which he tells his life story. His childhood and rebellious teenage years in Chicago, the founding of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and his family – all from a point of view of appreciating the United States and those who protect it. The author made it his life’s mission to help wounded veterans wherever he can….

Book Review: The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli
5 Stars , Fiction / January 11, 2011

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour promotion. St. Martin’s Griffin has made available one (1) copy of “The Lotus Eaters”  to be given to one lucky winner – enter below. My  rating for The Lotus Eaters – 5 About: “The Lotus Eaters” by Tatjana Soli (Website) is a fictional book about the Vietnam War.  Helen Adams is a combat photographer, a woman “in a young man’s profession” is drawn to Vietnam after the loss of her brother in combat. Get a discount on “The Lotus Eaters” through the ManOfLaBook affiliate account on: Amazon |Book Depository US | Book Depository UK Thoughts: The phrase “Lotus Eaters” comes from Homer’s “Odyssey” and refers for one’s will to return home being robbed away from them.  This is a clue to the rest of the book and how Helen, who is so used to documenting savagery through the eye of the lens, will find life at the US unwearyingly boring. Helen is emotionally detached from her subject through the lens of the camera.  She documents atrocities but feels safe and distanced from behind her instrument.  Soli does an excellent job bringing to the reader the uncompromising horror…

Book Review: Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
2 Stars , Fiction / September 6, 2010

“Let the Great World Spin” by Colum McCann is a series of well written short stories, which ultimately get intertwined. These fictional stories happen around the cultural touchstone of Philippe Petit stringing a cable between the two towers of the World Trade Center and walking the distance, to the amazement of the people below.

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