Sunshine City

On Sunday morning, November 8,  when we jumped out of our SuperShuttle at the Tampa Airport to return to the San Francisco Bay Area, I remarked to my dad that we must have been the only visitors to  St. Petersburg, Florida, who never spent a single moment at the...

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This Time I Made It…On Time!

Last week I delivered a book talk at the Santa Clara Central Park Library, and this time (unlike previous ones) I was on time. More than 40 people were present and, based on the evaluations that were completed after my presentation, it seemed that the overwhelming majority enjoyed my talk (see pics below). And, most important,

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A Sad Day for the Alex Haley Family

Last week, Alex Haley’s younger brother, Ambassador George Haley, died at the age of 89. George was the last living member of the immediate family—Alex’s mother Bertha died in 1931; his father, Simon, passed away in 1973; Alex in 1992; and youngest brother Julius died in 2010.

Amongst the three brothers, if Alex was seen as the black sheep and Julius was regarded as the quiet one, George was treated as the leader. Although he was five years younger than Alex, it was George who took on a patriarchal role later in life, especially following his father’s passing.

The second African-American graduate of the University of Arkansas Law School, George endured severe bigotry from students and faculty alike. Alex wrote about his brother’s experience in Reader’s Digest. George was married for 60 years—unlike his elder brother, who was married and divorced three times.

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Why Prague?

As I hugged my parents and entered the security checkpoint, I choked up. It hit me. I was leaving them, my safety net. Maybe they were right, after all. Should I have studied in a more “established” country? Or, play it really safe and study in Canada? Nothing ever bad happens there.

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What a Year to be an Indie Author

A year ago I was a nobody in the world of publishing. I had just unveiled my website, was still unpublished (in the process of fact checking and final edits), contacted scores of reviewers (in hopes they’ll review my manuscript), began listening to the Self...

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Alex Haley’s Roots in Paperback w/New Cover; Book Talk, 10/19

Featuring a new cover design, Alex Haley’s Roots: An Author’s Odyssey is now available in paperback.

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Brothers”

To those who have studied modern U.S. foreign policy, the first thing you discover is that every conflict stems from a previous one. But if you were to seek out its origins, much of it can be traced to two men, the Dulles brothers.     In The Brothers: John Foster...

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“Thank You For Your Service,” A Review

In honor of the our nation’s birthday, we celebrate the festivities with fireworks (be careful!), flags, and picnics. It’s important, though, that we seize the holiday as an opportunity to remember  that there are still battles taking place, both on and...

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Book Bloggers: Seriously?

If a DIY author has any chance of success, he or she must be realistic and knowledgeable about how and where to get press for their book. Don’t waste your time, for instance, contacting the book review editors of the New York Times or Los Angeles Times. And for that...

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We Left Our Heart in Knoxville

In mid-February, InsideofKnoxville.com published a post I had written about my experience in Knoxville, Tennessee. To my surprise, the blog was a hit, having been shared on Facebook by more than 250 users and receiving a record number of comments (in comparison to the...

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Dead Rock Stars at 27: Is it a Coincidence?

“Tragedy is so romantic when people write about it, but it is horrible to see. There is nothing pretty about a person destroying themselves.” – a close friend of The Doors’ Jim Morrison This April 5 will serve as the twentieth anniversary of the death of...

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Book Review: “The Boys On The Bus”

In honor of President’s Day, I have posted a review of a reporter’s fascinating memoir from the 1972 presidential “Watergate break-in” campaign  between President Nixon  and Senator McGovern.   Be aware, my weekly blog will now be an every...

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