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What's in the Book Basket This Week? Managing Life, Love and Health
By R.P. BenDedek
Jun 15, 2014 - 6:17:33 AM

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"What's in the book basket this week?" brings to the attention of readers via publication of publicity material, various new book releases. The regular Sunday Book basket usually lists 15 such books. On a Wednesday we also publish a separate Book Basket specifically listing 'Christian Books.' The number of books in that Basket will vary.

We have some wonderful book reviewers at Magic City but unfortunately we can't do book reviews for every book. We do however assist authors to promote their books via a "No Charge - No Pay" self-promotions service in which we invite authors to give us 'stand alone' articles to publish at the bottom of which we can include their bios, photographs of book covers and links to purchase pages for their books.

We are extremely grateful to those authors who do provide our readers with interesting articles to read and we appreciate that those articles are sometimes exclusive to us or at least that we have been the first to be given the opportunity to publish them. A list of such articles up to May 25th 2014 may be found here.

As you can see listed immediately below, we also list the articles published during the previous week which were supplied by book authors, and as well, we list whatever book reviews were published in the same period.

Articles published this week at Magic City written by various book authors include:
(Sun June 8th to Sat June 14th)

  1. 5 Tips to Build Power Resilience by Dr. Roger Landry author of "Live Long, Die Short"
  2. The puzzle of Maggie Glascoe by Andrew Glascoe author of "Nobody Knew She Was There"
  3. Celebrating Dad after Divorce By Dr. Julie Gowthorpe, R.S.W. author of "Tainted Love"
  4. Civil Rights by Jeff Wallace author of "In God We Trusted"

Book Reviews Published This Week

Milt Gross Book Review: "Moving to the Country" by Reeve Lindbergh Brown
Jun 8, 2014

The novel Moving to the Country follows what happens to families who moved to the country, their problems of being "outsiders," their career and home adventures, and ends quietly as any good country story does.

R.P. BenDedek
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No 1.

"Hooked On Customer"

by Bob Thompson

"Hooked On Customer" by Bob Thompson
"In Hooked On Customers: The Five Habits of Legendary Customer-Centric Companies", CustomerThink Corp. founder/CEO and author Bob Thompson reveals the critical behaviors of the most successful customer-centric companies: Listen, Think, Empower, Create, and Delight.

Taking a fresh look at customer-centric business management, Thompson's work explores the organizational behaviors that enable any company to execute its business strategy more effectively. Crucial to Thompson's discussion of these habits is the premise that there are no quick fixes. Customer-centricity takes time, determination, and company-wide commitment. It must be maintained and constantly pursued to ensure that it becomes part of the fabric of a business.

Industry experts laud Hooked on Customers for its unique perspective, readability, and research. William Band, former VP and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, says "The book is full of data, examples, and case studies spotlighting innovative practices that you can use immediately." Customer service thought leader and best-selling author Chip R. Bell says "Thompson has put his pen on the pulse of how great leaders create, nurture, and sustain organizations renowned for growth-producing customer-centric practices."

To celebrate the launch of Hooked On Customers, Thompson has provided readers with a sample chapter, available at www.HookedOnCustomers.com. The book can be purchased at Amazon.com via http://amzn.com/1478271515

Bob Thompson is founder and CEO of research and publishing firm CustomerThink Corporation and editor-in-chief of CustomerThink.com, the world's largest online community dedicated to helping business leaders develop and execute customer-centric business strategies. An author, keynote speaker and international authority on business management trends, he has been a thought leader in customer-centricity since 1998. For more information about Bob Thompson's speaking, research and other services visit www.hookedoncustomers.com

No 2.

"He Poked The Tiger"

By Nancy Inch

"He Poked The Tiger" by Nancy Inch
CLEVELAND, OH. -- Kathryn felt her prayers were answered when Luke came into her life. He was handsome, attentive, ambitious and made her feel like the most special woman in the world. Their wedding was like a fairy tale and a child was conceived.

But it didn't take long for the real Luke to reveal himself. The caring man that Kathryn fell in love with no longer existed. All Kathryn knew about Luke was what he wanted her to know...until she began investigating. She methodically unraveled all his lies and discovered his extensive criminal history.

Nancy Inch exposes her son-in-law's secret life in her new book, He Poked The Tiger. "You will be surprised by the lengths Kathryn went to in order to protect herself and her new baby," says Inch. Inch provides an emotional account of Kathryn's examination of her husband. Her faith, resourcefulness, honesty and determination are documented throughout.

"My only daughter's life was being totally destroyed," Inch says. "The court was completely ineffective and compounded her problems instead of resolving them."

As the mother of an adult child, Inch was forced to sit by and observe in silence. She had no one to talk to, so she turned to writing this book as a form of therapy. You can learn more about Nancy's story at www.hepokedthetigerbook.com

Nancy Inch is a retired interior designer, widow and mother of three. She began writing as an attempt to cope with the frustration and pain caused by the person she describes as a "diabolical monster" in her daughter's life. Inch is the owner and operator of a family business, an interior designer, a certified professional organizer, a knitting instructor, gourmet cook and professional tailor.

"He Poked The Tiger"
By Nancy Inch
360 pages
Retail price: $20.99
E-book, retail price: $3.99
ISBN: 978-1-45821-485-0

No. 3.

"Surviving the 70s"

by Greg Phillips

"Surviving the 70s" by Greg Phillips
Greg Phillips recounts a vastly different small town experience in "Surviving the 70s." Fast cars, freedom and fun--these are the four words that Greg Phillips would use to describe growing up in a small Midwestern community during the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

For Greg Phillips, these words encapsulate a lifetime that is worth looking back on. In "Surviving the 70s," Phillips recounts a life lived in the fast lane.

"I wanted to present you with a glimpse of life as it was for me growing up in a small Midwestern town in Indiana," Phillips said.

Through Phillips' words, readers will enjoy a vividly painted picture of his life--a life full of great risk, friendship, family and fun. He recalls his experiences with racing cars, sports, pranks, outdoor adventures, family business, and cruising the streets on summer nights.

Phillips has embraced life with great energy and spirit, and he has brought this same high-octane perspective to "Surviving the 70s".

"We took risks at high speeds that could have gotten us killed, but the risk was more than half the fun," Phillips said. "It's that spirit I wanted to bring out in this book. Life is nothing without taking risks, and it's worth remembering that none of us get out alive anyway."

Greg Phillips is a lifelong resident of Yorktown, Indiana. Phillips is the president of Phillips Patterns & Casting, where he has worked for 40 years. Together with his wife, Stacy, he has a son, Garen, who also works for the family business.

"Surviving the 70s: Muscle Cars, Freedom and Fun"
By Greg Phillips
ISBN: 978-1-4759-523-0
Available in softcover ($14.36)
Hardcover ($23.36)
E-book ($3.03)

No. 4.

"Scripted In Heaven"

by Lourdes Duque Baron

"Scripted In Heaven" by Lourdes Duque Baron
Award-winning author, Lourdes Duque Baron, reveals a painful journey of her husband's fight with cancer and the lessons of faith and spiritual renewal. "Scripted in Heaven" is a true story that follows the journey of Dr. Robinson V. Baron and his physical and metaphysical healing. As a stubborn surgeon, he ignores a cryptic warning from a mystical woman about imminent complications with his health -- a message he later realized was divine intervention. The struggles that follow take him on a journey of spiritual renewal, which leads him to rediscover his true faith and his true love. It is a story of a surgeon who believes he is invincible. When the misguided night of his soul succumbs to the relentless, illicit carnal seductions and lures him to the cesspool of mortal sins, he 'meets' Padre Pio da Pietrelcina, who's been dead for over 29 years, and encounters a saving grace that delivers him from the portals of perdition.

Dr. Baron seeks for the divine guidance of Padre Pio da Pietrelcina (the patron saint of healing) while trials and tribulations test him and his family. His devotion grows, even causing him to embark on a punishing pilgrimage to San Giovanni Rotondo in Italy, despite his fragile health. His mystical metamorphosis is a story of courage, sacrifice, and triumph. It inspires the reader to reflect on his own weakness and makes him long for purpose and truth in his mortal life.

Lourdes Duque Baron, MHA, MSG, is a Catholic baby boomer and the wife of Dr. Robinson V. Baron.

On January 10, 2013 she was nominated for The Sidney Hillman Foundation Award for her book "Scripted In Heaven" On February 12, 2013 she was nominated for the 2013 EOTM Award for her published book "Scripted In Heaven" in the category of Outstanding Literary (Inspirational, True Story, Biography). On February 28, 2013 she won an award for her book "Scripted In Heaven" at MoneyCytec Achiever Awards Night 2013 in New York.

"Scripted In Heaven" will be available on Kindle in late June 2014 and Amazon Audible in September 2014. Web Site: www.ScriptedInHeaven.com

"Scripted In Heaven"
by Lourdes Duque Baron
Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: Xulon Press
April 24, 2013
ISBN-10: 1626972427
ISBN-13: 978-1626972421

No. 5.

"Fixes That Last"

by Eugene Razzetti

"Fixes That Last" by Eugene Razzetti
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Jack Welch, former Chairman and CEO of General Electric, once said "an organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage."

Welch's quote is generally associated with the ability to translate knowledge about customers into new products and outreach programs, but what about applying knowledge of internal business practices?

Eugene Razzetti is an independent auditor and management consultant with over 50 years of experience in leadership and management positions. Now he is funneling all of his most up-to-date knowledge and management advice into the second edition of his book, "Fixes that Last -- The Executive's Guide to Fix it or Lose it Management."

"I want to provide readers with the immediate capability to assess or perhaps create structure, discipline and accountability within their organization," Razzetti said.

The book includes checklists, charts and tables to help managers easily apply new skills related to corporate responsibility, internal checks and balances, strategic planning, being a good neighbor to the community and much more.

"The book was thoroughly researched," Razzetti said. "There is not one recommendation that I have not personally employed successfully in over 20 years of management consulting or 27 previous years of military service."

Eugene Razzetti is a retired U.S. Navy captain with 27 years of experience including time in Vietnam. He is an auditor, international management consultant, military analyst, adjunct lecturer and author. Razzetti previously published the book "The Executive's Guide to Corporate Responsibility Management and MVO 8000" and has been published in professional journals.

"Fixes That Last
The Executive's Guide to Fix it or Lose it Management:" second edition
By: Eugene Razzetti
SC-ISBN: 978-1-4490-8577-3
SC-Retail price: $24.95

No 6.

"A Song for Carmine"

by M. Spio

"A Song for Carmine" by M. Spio
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- The past can be haunting, especially for Carmine. After trying to escape, he finds himself face-to-face with everything he was looking to erase. M. Spio provides a love story that breaks down the barriers of race in a heartwarming tale of a Klansman's son seeking redemption and forgiveness of the past and a patient, forgiving African American woman in "A Song for Carmine."

Carmine is faced with the demons of his past and must make life-altering decisions in order to find a life worth living. Set in the Deep South in the Appalachian Mountains, Carmine faces the challenges of an interracial love, an alcoholic father and learning how to forgive. Spio wrote this book to remind others that love can solve anything. "When we hold on to the past, we take on other people's pain and make them ours; letting go is the only way to gain it all" Spio said.

Sometimes you have to go back to where you started to learn the oldest lesson of all: you've got to let go of everything to gain it all. When the walls he's built around himself crumbled, Carmine finds love in everything he tried to escape: a black woman, forgiveness, himself, and the past. As he tries to figure out what the past means, what it means to be good, and what the future holds, he'll have to decide between love and hate, darkness and light, and all the things in between. A story about love, about forgiveness, and about what it means to make a life worth living, A Song for Carmine is a tale that gives you something to leave with.

M. Spio developed a love for the South after living in South Carolina and being inspired by the simple living, deep secrets and racial struggles. She was a contributor to the best selling book "Chicken Soup for the African American Soul" featuring Maya Angelou. For more information, visit www.asongforcarmine.com

"A Song for Carmine"
By M. SPIO
ISBN: 1491899840
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book

No 7.

"The Boy in a Plaster Cast"

by Peter Saunders

"The Boy in a Plaster Cast" by Peter Saunders
SHRIVENHAM, Oxfordshire -- With roughly 70 years since World War II, the memories still remain of the devastation and disaster.

Peter Saunders remembers growing up during the war in Germany and the effects it had on his family long after the war was over. In his new book, "The Boy in a Plaster Cast," he shares his experience as a four-year-old in a German hospital after contracting tuberculosis and being incarcerated in a foot to chest plaster cast. It wasn't until Saunder's widowed mother married a British soldier that his quality of life drastically changed.

The lack of medical supplies coupled with the inadequate treatments available during the 1940s contributed to a great deal of suffering and death among the children in the ward. The unsympathetic and cruel nursing staff also contributed to their demise.

"At night, the children were mainly unattended and cries of despair could often be heard long into the night without response from the nursing staff," said Saunders.

War has lasting affects and Saunders' story reveals the damages the war had on his family and childhood. For more information visit, http://www.theboyinaplastercast.com/

Peter Saunders is a retired district councilor, which he served as for 12 years. He worked for a major pharmaceutical company for 32 years and later set up a nursing home company. Saunders shares his personal experience so others might understand the effects of war from an innocent citizen's perspective.

"The Boy in a Plaster Cast"
By Peter Saunders
ISBN: 978-1493139439
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book

No 8.

"The Darkness Behind Me"

By T.J. Shannon

"The Darkness Behind Me" by T.J. Shannon
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. -- "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there." --George Harrison

In pursuit of finding more to life, fictitious character, Jack Bishop becomes consumed by his self-indulgence, which leads him into the arms of another woman and the suspect of his boss's murder. In fear of his life he risks everything to expose the crimes of the corporate elite. Cast aside by his mistress and the target of a killer, Jack finds himself tangled in a web of deceit and misdirection.

T.J. Shannon's new book, "The Darkness Behind Me," is an adventure full of secrets and challenges leaving Jack in situations that destroy his career and push the love of his life away. Alone and broken, Jack discovers the past cannot be erased.

"The book is based on the notion that you can make your life better by taking risks," said Shannon. "But risk means a loss of control, which in this case leads to heartache and murder."

Shannon's inspiration for the book comes from his relationships along with his desire to show how moral values are needed to provide substance and structure to life.

T.J. Shannon immigrated to the U.S. in the 1950's and witnessed firsthand the impact of corporate abuse and social injustice derived from poor government decisions. He received his master's degree from the University of Detroit and was president of several corporations in the U.S. and Cayman Islands.

"The Darkness Behind Me"
By T.J. Shannon
ISBN: 978-1-49187-284-0
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book

No 9.

"The Leader of the World: The Last Messenger"

by E. Mann

"The Leader of the World: The Last Messenger" by E. Mann
MELBOURNE, Australia -- The first two world wars were sparked by a desire for power and the struggle for control over land and people. What would be the trigger for a third world war?

"The Leader of the World" examines the state of humanity overrun by environmental destruction and violence through the story of one man's race against time on a mission to save himself and the planet.

Author E. Mann, inspired by his interpretation of global conflicts, highlights the need for change and action to overcome the issues of important topics, including pollution, disease, hunger and war.

"I wish that I had the power to solve the major problems of the world, especially the starvation and abuse amongst the poor and uneducated," Mann said. "Their plight is sometimes caused naturally, but I feel that in the majority it is caused by corrupt governments."

"The Leader of the World" offers a unique look at the impact that extreme religious groups have on international relations, as well as the need for change among today's widespread conflicts.

E. Mann was born in Europe in 1944 and moved to Australia with his family in 1954. In 2000, after a long career as a financial planner, he retired and devoted his energies to writing and exploration. Mann currently lives in Melbourne.

"The Leader of the World: The Last Messenger"
By: E. Mann
Paperback: $22.99
E-Book: $3.99
ISBN: 9781452512372

No. 10.

"Kate's Escape from the Billable Hour"

by Petula Parker

"Kate's Escape from the Billable Hour" by Petula Parker
It doesn't take long to get yourself into a rut these days. From having an unsatisfying job to suffering from a poor self-image to simply being disappointed with life, there seem to be more existential meltdowns in our twenties than our fifties. But in spite of, or maybe because of these so-called "quarter-life crises," more and more people are willing to make a bold change to ensure their own happiness.

Such is the story of Kate's Escape from the Billable Hour by Petula Parker. Based on her own experience quitting her job and moving to Spain, Parker paints a hilarious tale in which she examines solutions for self-reinvention, getting out of a rut, and living life to the fullest. The hilarious adventure that ensues is full of insights on casting yourself in a new and exhilarating role, the perks and difficulties of being a "late-bloomer," and creating an authentic life experience.

Major themes in the book include: Grabbing life by the horns and overcoming your rut; Traveling to exotic places; Becoming an active, rather than a passive, participant in your own life; Learning when to stand up for yourself; Making choices based on love instead of fear; Trusting your instincts and doing the "irrational" thing and Embracing your inner geek

Petula Parker was inspired to write "Kate's Escape from the Billable Hour" based on her own trials and tribulations practicing in the unforgiving arena of Big Law, and her experiences living in Spain. Miss Parker currently resides in the United States, where she avoids attorneys and men who wear denim shorts.

"Kate's Escape from the Billable Hour"
by Petula Parker
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 729 KB
Print Length: 192 pages

No 11.

"Medical Spanish Mix and Match"

by Murnez Blades

"Medical Spanish Mix and Match" by Murnez Blades
Huntington Beach, CA -- Forbes recently published a story exploring the benefits of learning a new language, stating "learning a language is for life, not just for business."

Murnez Blades, a bilingual educator with more than 40 years of teaching experience, believes learning a language can be for both business and pleasure. She recently authored a self-teaching Spanish book for health care practitioners.

"Medical Spanish Mix and Match: Easy Spanish for Health Care Professionals" by Murnez Blades is a language resource for health care practitioners seeking a how-to guide for communicating immediately in Spanish and for building additional communication.

"Making the effort to speak another's language is an expression of caring. It builds trust. If the patient trusts the caregiver, he is more likely to follow instructions," Blades said.

The book contains: Practice exercises and answers; Bilingual tables for mix-and-match sentence building; A bilingual clinical history structured for yes/no responses; A bilingual intake exam; A bilingual translations in word groups for further language acquisition and Conversations using first-responder questions

"Having gone on medical mission trips to Mexico, I realized the need for caregivers to be able to communicate in Spanish," Blades said.

The book is intended for medical professionals who wish to learn Spanish, or Spanish translators interested in developing medical terminology. Chapters also include information on communication and respect in Hispanic culture.

Murnez Blades earned a bachelor's degree from Baylor University and a master's degree from the University of San Francisco. She currently teaches at Goldenwest College, in Huntington Beach, CA.

"Medical Spanish Mix and Match"
by Murnez Blades
Published: 2/28/2014
E-Book $4
Softcover $17
Hardcover $27
Pages: 182

No. 12.

"Sacred Ground: Path to Recovery"

by Christina Kook and Grand Master Greg Yau

Sacred Ground Path to Recovery by C. Kook and Greg Yau
SANTA ROSA, Calif. - In their book "Sacred Ground," co-authors Christina Kook and Greg Yau reveal various practices that energize and revitalize the body, improve recovery times, significantly ease chronic pain, and make aging joints feel young again.

Specifically designed to support people's understanding of their own health, "Sacred Ground" explains how the mind, body and spirit all work together to achieve overall wellbeing. Inspired by the teachings of Yau and written by Kook, "Sacred Ground" aims to help readers experience the profound benefits of the Qi Gong practice. According to Yau and Kook, the lessons within the book help people relax their bodies, decrease their heart rates, lower their blood pressure, and achieve overall mental clarity.

"Qi is the vital energy in our body. Gong means to cultivate the Qi," Kook said. "Our book, "Sacred Ground," highlights Yau's teachings and shows readers how to use sounds, mudras, physical movements and breathing exercises to develop an awareness of Qi in the body."

Yau and Kook offer a holistic approach to healing. According to them, learning the necessary skills to achieve wellbeing is essential for successful healing. "The human being is the most complicated machine in the world." Yau said. "We've taken a complex healing technology and made it easy to learn."

Born in Hong Kong and raised in San Francisco, Grand Master Greg Yau began studying the Wing Chun system in 1972. Though Yau's training was in the martial arts, he began to question the value of studying violence as a means of solving problems. He came to realize he was more interested in helping others. Today, Yau's focus is on helping people improve through sports, fitness, martial arts and health fields.

Christina Kook helps her clients release long held habits of tension and feel young and happy again. She loves teaching people to move fluidly through life with foundation and internal strength and is honored to share Prime Life Healing Qi Gong with you.

Sacred Ground: Path to Recovery"
By Christina Kook and Grand Master Greg Yau
ISBN: 978-1-4525-8775
Available at balboapress.com

No. 13.

"The Legacy of Two Gemini Knights"

by Geoff Logan

"The Legacy of Two Gemini Knights" by Geoff Logan
Author Geoff Logan stimulates critical thinking and ancestral curiosity in "The Legacy of Two Gemini Knights"

LEEMING, Australia -- When Geoff Logan began researching his family history, he had no concept of the story that would unfold before him.

Logan began writing a non-fiction book about his ancestors from the 14th century, but as skeletons began to crawl out of the closet, it became clear that his relatives needed to have their story told in another way. From this revelation, the author's new novel, "The Legacy of Two Gemini Knights" was born.

Logan tells his family's story through the eyes of William McBride, who came to work for the author's ancestors, the Logan brothers, in Scotland. The brothers, who came to be known as the Gemini Knights of Lanark, take McBride and their readers on exploits around the globe.

This journey takes a lifetime for McBride, but he is committed to doing so because he believes his actions will have significant impact on the Holy Land in the end times. The book explores the possibilities for such an assumption and offers social commentary on intolerance.

"Only the reader can decide if the actions of William McBride in Beverley, England, have pushed the argument forward to a clearer understanding of when the end time may now appear in the days ahead," Logan explained.

Geoff Logan, a veteran university lecturer, has a master's degree in education from Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. He now serves as an independent education consultant. This is his first book.

"The Legacy of Two Gemini Knights"
By Geoff Logan
Paperback $27
ISBN 978-1491864050
Hardcover $36
ISBN 978-1491864043

No. 14.

"Expectation Therapy"

by Art Costello

"Expectation Therapy" by Art Costello
Expectations. They are a constant in our life, as we set measures for what we want to accomplish on personal and professional levels. We may feel that we know how to set these expectations, but could we do better? Could the way in which we set or perceive these expectations be hindering our progression and development? Enter: Expectation Therapy by Art Costello. Expectation Therapy provides a framework for Costello's Expectation Therapy Model, a new way of shaping, managing, and reaching your expectations. Costello, who has worn many hats -- a former Marine, baseball player, mental health counselor, business owner, husband and father- drew inspiration for the book from a quest throughout his life to master his expectations.

"A person can hold all the education and academic credentials they want and still not possess the skills learned by living a life of high expectancy," says Costello. "Expectations can be our strongest tool or our staunchest foe. The key is allowing the faith within yourself to conquer any fears that you have."

Expectation Therapy illustrates how our expectations overshadow everything in one's life, no matter your gender, religion, race, economic status or physical abilities. Simply, if you do not have any measurements or guiding gauges in your life, your progress will be impeded and your goals will remain unachieved. The book provides the tools one needs to better themselves through positive expectations that propel you forward.

"We are constantly bombarded with negative expectations from every element of society, but we have the power to chose how we handle the onslaught," adds Costello. "Expectations are a survival tool -- they are the center of our thought process, and will either move us positively or negatively, depending on how we master those expectations."

Art Costello's varied background encompasses serving in Vietnam as a Marine, playing baseball as a catcher, working in psychology and in the entertainment industry, and as a business owner for more than 30 years. His crowning achievement has been a husband and father. As a counselor at Mercy Mental Health in San Diego, he worked with world-renowned 'play' researcher Dr. Stuart Brown, and while in the entertainment industry worked with some of the most identifiable performers of the time. Website: http://www.expectationtherapy.com

"Expectation Therapy"
by Art Costello
140 pages
Kindle $10
Paperback $10

No. 15

"White Sails Became Me"

by Nicholas F. Starace II

"White Sails Became Me" by Nicholas F. Starace II
Beyond seafaring, share extraordinary adventures of travel, terrorism, family and military sagas, survival, cultural treasures, tragedy, and other stories for every interest. Nicholas F. Starace II's life has been a worldwide journey living more adventure than most people dare dream. Beginning with a modest life in Brooklyn, NY, Starace's passion for a life at sea would soon take him to over 90 countries, including 11 years spent living in Asia and Europe. As Starace shares, "It is said that some people are born with a silver spoon in their mouths. I was born with an anchor in mine"

Along the way, Starace would experience the ultimate highs and lows of both triumph and tragedy, from surviving cancer and the first terrorist air-bombing of Pan Am flight 830 to the end of his 34-year marriage to the loss of his son Nicky to his struggles with schizophrenia. Yet through triumph and tribulation, Starace always found a silver lining to not only move on from these experiences but further find his passion and path in life as well. He details all of this and so much more in his intimate, inspirational memoir, White Sails Became Me: Memoirs of a Seafaring Heritage.

"My philosophy of life is that we are put here to salvage our souls, and that ultimately, the road to that salvation will be measured not by how much we do for ourselves, but how much we do for others," adds Starace.

Nicholas F. Starace II was born in Brooklyn, NY, and now lives in Short Hills, NJ, with his daughter Dorine and her son Nicholas IV. He graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy with a BS degree, USCG license as Third Assistant Engineer, and commission as ensign in the U.S. Navy. That was just the beginning of a career and lifestyle that would eventually take him to the four corners of the earth, visiting nearly 90 countries. He received a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. In 2007, he received an Outstanding Professional Achievement Award from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. His book, White Sails Became Me: Memoirs of a Seafaring Heritage, is an inspiring account of a worldwide journey living more adventure than most people dare dream.

"White Sails Became Me"
by Nicholas F. Starace II
Hardcover: 378 pages
Price $18
Bascom Hill Publishing
January 3, 2011
ISBN-10: 1935098489
ISBN-13: 978-1935098485


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