Thank you to all who have purchased one of my books and taken the time to write a review. All profits from my books go to help dogs like these. Current count for 2015 is 123 dogs rescued from kills shelters. It’s definitely going to be a very happy new year for a lot of families. I’m so grateful for anyone who’s helped with this effort in any way.
- TO LIVE OUT LOUD:
The author of ‘To Live Out Loud’ took an infamous historical moment and brought it to life. This was not an easy undertaking. Paulette Mahurin has the skill to enlighten and educate readers without boring them. When I recall the dreary lessons about Alfred Drefus at school, I wish it could have been presented in this way. What a difference it would have made!
Emile Zola, the highly acclaimed writer, does everything in his power for Alfred Drefus, the Jewish officer accused of treason by the French government. He even endangers his own liberty by publishing an article about the injustice of the French military. It’s not often that one reads of someone who will do whatever he can to defend a stranger in order to correct the injustice done to this person.
Zola’s elderly bachelor friend Charles Mandonette is both the narrator and Emile Zola’s interpreter. His role in the novel is to bring the reader into the world where deep-rooted anti-Semitism prevails in France and where an innocent man can’t receive justice.
Mahurin is a prolific writer. One of my most favorite books of all times is her heartbreaking novel, ‘His Name was Ben’. Anyone who hasn’t read the novel, ‘His Name was Ben’, is missing out.
How far would you go to prove the innocence of a person you didn’t even know? This is the question posed in To Live Out Loud, a semi-fictionalized account of the trial of Emile Zola who courageously stood to expose the truth in the imprisonment of Alfred Dreyfus, who was wrongly accused of military espionage.
The book is a first person account told from the point of view of a fictional close friend of Zola’s. The author does a good job of melding historical fact with poetic license to produce a thoroughly enjoyable and moving picture of the events. Even though it takes place over one hundred years ago, one can almost feel as if it is taking place today, as many of the same themes of injustice, judicial cover up and social prejudice are things we are still fighting today.
To Live Out Loud proves to be an eye opening and unique look into one of history’s biggest injustices.
HIS NAME WAS BEN
Love is eternal.
Many of us have lost loved ones to cancer and we are shaken by their pain and suffering. This story shows us another way to deal with this dreaded disease by way of two people who fall in love and work through their angst with their families. While the other supports their internal struggle each of them finds a way to become whole and bring closure to their dysfunctional parents.
THE PERSECUTION OF MILDRED DUNLAP