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One of the most fun and rewarding volunteer positions is as a Teen STAR Book Reviewer. We invite volunteers age 10 and above who like to read to join our Teen STAR Book Review team. Adults are also welcome to become a reviewer. Here's how it works: Volunteers may read most any book, then write an honest one-page book review on how they liked or disliked the book. These reviews offer parents, librarians, teachers, guardians, and other people an idea of what books would be good for what age level. Book reviews will be published at their site and also at Reviews need to include your original thoughts on book content as well as opinions on whether the book is fun, entertaining, educational, or boring. Guidelines and information will be sent when you request to be a volunteer STAR Teen Book Reviewer. For more information or to join the team, email: [email protected] Thank you. Keep on reading and writing! We look forward to working with you to help in increasing literacy and positive messages through this extraordinary book review program.

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The mission of Be the Star You Are! a non-profit corporation is to improve literacy, increase positive media messages, and provide tools for daily living by empowering women, families, and youth. We grow people!


Be the Star You Are!(r), a 501 (c)(3) collects, commissions, and distributes empowering books, audio, video, art, and music. Recipients include youth and teen groups, women, shelters and support groups, seniors, job re-entry, treatment and recovery programs. The world is bombarded daily with negative messages. Believing that information infused with inspiration has the power to transform and change lives, Be the Star You Are! is a positive message media library offering choices and hope. Be the Star You Are! also broadcasts two radio programs, StarStyle-Be the Star You Are!, a lifestyle show Wednesdays, 4-5pm PT and Express Yourself!, a young adult program where teens talk and the world listens, Sundays, 3 PM PT, both on on Voice America Network/Empowerment Channel. Be the Star You Are!(r) makes a difference in communities by offering positive "edutainment", education combined with entertainment.

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Book Reviews = Volunteer Hours

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Do you have a favorite book that you love to talk about? Have you read something that you can’t stop thinking about? Ever wonder what other teens are reading?   

The library wants to hear from you! Submit your review to be shared as part of a booklist or book card on the Sno-Isle teen page . You can also earn volunteer hours. 

Each review should be 2-3 sentences and include: 1) what the book is about and 2) why you like or dislike it. Remember to avoid spoilers! You will receive an email from a librarian acknowledging that we received it and possibly suggesting edits. Make sure to respond so that your review is published.

Keep in mind you are reviewing books for other teens, so they should be appropriate for ages 12-18.

2 completed reviews = 1 hour of volunteering or community service  

Contact us at [email protected] with questions or to get your volunteer hours verified (a fter your reviews have been accepted). Teens may submit up to ten reviews each school year (September-August). 

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Being a reader and being a good citizen often hand-in-hand. If you're a reader looking to make an impact, you're in luck because there are so many great literary organizations that need volunteers just like you! By working together, book-lovers can use reading and writing to improve our communities and touch the lives of others.

There is so much important work that can be done by volunteering at a literary organization. Many of these organizations are only possible because of the work done by volunteers, and any task you do is immensely helpful. (And usually fun!) You can read with students, and help encourage blooming young writers. You can pitch in at events, or help organize resources. With your unique skills and preferences, you have something special you can bring to the table, and the world will be better for it.

No matter where you are, there's an organization nearby that can use your help. And if it's hard to leave your house, you're isolated, or you're constantly on-the-move, you'll see that many of these organizations are also looking for work that can be done remotely, such as video editing or help with their website.

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It begins with a lost child in an airport — a very particular modern nightmare. The boy is hysterical, hungry, wearing a coat patched with peeling tape, his pockets stuffed with cash. When the officials at the Hamburg airport approach him, he speaks no language known to any of them. He has been abandoned there by his father. We know that, but the boy doesn't. He believes that he is just waiting there for his father to return.

This is The Volunteer , the new novel from Salvatore Scibona. It is a war story unlike any other war story, a story of fathers and sons, of family (both biological and manufactured) and of generations of betrayal and abandonment. It takes a single thesis, argued a billion times before — that some sins are hereditary, passed down from men to their sons who are doomed to repeat them — and argues it across hundreds of pages.

Sound dull? You're wrong. Tired and worn-out? Not even a little. Not here, in Scibona's hands, where the simplest things (nature, pride, a white t-shirt, the taste of water from one's home place) become mythic and strange, almost magical, imbued with meanings beyond the plain fact of their existence.

Here's Scibona on tracers streaking the night sky, Khe Sanh, Vietnam:

And the tracers came rocketing out of the barrel hot and red like wishes that seemed to slow as they sailed farther away, tracers that sometimes took a sharp upward or outward turn like wishes gone wrong when the tracer hit a rock or helmet or another bullet amid the profusion of rounds five times as numerous as were visible, and ricocheted.

The Volunteer begins with the boy, then shows us the father of the boy in his slinking cowardice, in the midst of his terrible decision (explaining his action only with "It didn't work out, you know?"), then comes unfixed in time. It flashes back to the 1960s where an underage boy, Vollie Frade, forges his father's letterless signature onto paperwork and joins the Marines. He does a tour in Vietnam as a convoy driver, sees Khe Sanh, lives. Does another, lives. Does a third and is stationed (illegally, in contravention of international agreements) in Cambodia, guarding an ammo dump, where he is captured by the NVA and held prisoner until his release is bought by a mysterious quasi-governmental agency represented by a man named Lorch who wants Vollie to do a job for him.

'Matterhorn': A Beautiful, Brutal Vietnam War Epic

'Matterhorn': A Beautiful, Brutal Vietnam War Epic

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Wartime Sins And Secrets Haunt 'Transcription'

The story spirals from there, sliding from Queens and the covert world to a New Mexico commune where Vollie finds a girl and a child named Elroy Heflin to call his own, to Germany and Latvia and Afghanistan (later) with Elroy, through cycles of violence and loss and remorse. And all of it — all of it — is just so ridiculously beautiful. So bright and sharp, as though Scibona is able to hold even the most mundane of human moments perfectly in his head, see them from every angle, sniff out the waves of cause and effect that radiate from them. He does this over and over, giving "mythy" weight to the smell of burning piñon wood or the icy cold of river water or the light on a Saigon street, repeating them like mantras throughout, returning to these images like reliquaries of awful, beautiful memory — the elements that form the soul of a man.

The Volunteer actually walks the edge of magical realism. Not deliberately, I don't think; not through any design of the plot or minds of its characters (because these are pragmatists Scibona offers us, each of them pared down to the bone by tragedy and seemingly inescapable destiny). But the way Scibona writes, there are few moments that don't feel enlivened with something ... more. Something extra . Some secret power of history, family or fate thrumming away unseen behind the curtains of the world, driving events. Some force that everyone who's paying attention can sense but not see, that drives a chain of bad decisions and selfish acts that echo down through generations of families.

And between all that — in the moments where the world is just the world and the people in it are no more or less than anyone else — there is still this pitch-perfect dialogue, this joy of language and description, this tension between the inner world and the outer that makes every page hum. Scibona is a remarkable writer and The Volunteer is a remarkable book. Not just for fans of war stories or family stories or generational epics or tales of children lost in airports, but for anyone who loves words and the way they fit together — the way 10 of them can set a scene and 100 can sketch a life.

Heavy as it is, there's a buoyancy to its voices that makes it compulsively readable, a dogged survival instinct that makes even its darkest moments bearable. The characters get under your skin. They climb into your head and live there long after you close the covers, and you will take their joys and miseries to bed with you for a long time after.

Jason Sheehan knows stuff about food, video games, books and Starblazers . He is currently the restaurant critic at Philadelphia magazine, but when no one is looking, he spends his time writing books about giant robots and ray guns. Tales from the Radiation Age is his latest book.

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So You Want to be a Book Reviewer?

Niki taylor | january 2003.

After analyzing books in college as an English major, I decided book reviewing would be a good way to share my knowledge about books and maybe get paid for it too. For writers who are looking for a writing venue, book reviewing is an excellent way to get writing experience. With the addition of ebooks, there are many books out there to be reviewed.

Book reviews are very useful, not just to consumers but to publishers, authors, and librarians who purchase books for their library collections. Notice the blurbs on the back or on the first few pages of a book and how they are followed by a name and a publication. They usually come from reviews. One librarian says:

As a children's librarian, I do all the buying of fiction books for the older kids at my library, and in doing so I rely heavily on reviews published in various trade journals and (for older books or reorders) online sites such as amazon. I do a lot of ordering out of trade journals, many of which do supply some sort of review of the titles they are selling. Ones we use a lot are   Booklist ,   Library Journal ,   School Library Journal   and   Publisher's Weekly .

When I am back-ordering titles, something I do when I notice that we are short on, say, fiction about hockey, I like to look up titles on and read the reviews (they tend to have citations of back issues of the above-named journals, if a title was reviewed in one of them), both the professional and the amateur ones.

To be a book reviewer, one must love to read and to analyze what one has read. The person should be decent writer in order to express the pros and cons of the book. There are two ebooks about book reviewing that may be helpful,   The Art of Assessment   by Maggie Ball and   Dream Job s   to Go: Book Reviewer   ( ) by Deborah Bouziden.

According to Bouziden, book reviewers can be divided into three classes: staff reviewers, freelance reviewers, and volunteer reviewers. Staff reviewers work for a certain publication or organization while freelance reviewers send their reviews to various publications. Volunteer reviewers do it as a hobby such as on or a website. As for training, she states that reviewers don't have to have formal education, but many are writers in the publishing fields or experts in the books they review. A degree in English, liberal arts, or communication is helpful but not necessary. Editors are more interested in how you put the words on paper than your title. It helps to have a wide knowledge of the genre you review. Bouziden also mentions pay for book reviewing:

One can't make a living or will never become rich reviewing books. However, if you reach the right market, you may make as much as $30 for a single book review ($10-$25 is the average). There is also payment in the form of the book itself. There are large consumer magazines that pay hundreds for reviews, but they have a stable of established writers and experts and expect them to write a critique or essay about a particular book.

Bouziden also lists suggestions from book reviewers on how to break into the field:

Read the types of books you want to review, know what people are reading, and read other reviewers, see what works for them, and discover what your style might be. Networking is often the manner in which people get jobs. Go into chats, discussion groups, book forums-meet and talk to other people. -Jody Allen

Select a publication for whom you'd like to write, study their review section carefully, and perhaps even practice writing a few reviews to fit their styles and length. Then write to ask if they would consider you as a reviewer and would send you a copy of their reviewer's guidelines. You should probably send them a few of your best writing samples. Also emphasize any areas of interest, experience, training or expertise you may have.

I broke in with almost no experience. I had only sixteen published credits, most in little, obscure, or highly specialized publications. I read a review in   Provident Book Finder   and said I could do that. Finding the editor's name, I wrote to her and asked if she could use another reviewer and if so would she consider me?

I began writing for   Christian Home   and   School   when I submitted an article, which they rejected, but then a few weeks later, the editor, remembering that my cover letter mentioned my doing reviews for   Provident Book Finder , asked if I'd be willing to review a book for them. -Dennis Peterson

Studying book reviews others have written is a good start. Magazines and newspapers have reviews that someone can look at to find out how the author summarizes and assesses the book. The Internet has book review sites, but some of the reviews on these sites are poor and just a way to sell books through an affiliate. Excellent reviews can be found in the newspaper   USA Today   and on the website   which Ms. Ball runs.

Potential book reviewers could use the book   Writer's Market   to find magazines that accept reviews, but they may have a better chance of querying nonpaying magazines first to build up clips that would give them experience to work for paying markets. Other writing-related books, magazines, and websites list markets may accept reviews. ,   Absolute , and are examples of these sites.

Usually guidelines will call for reviews under a "nonfiction" or "department" heading. Some guidelines don't mention much about book reviews, maybe just the length needed. Other guidelines are very specific as this one is from the magazine   Whole Earth :.

Contributors' Guidelines: Reviews only great stuff.   Whole Earth   lets bad, mediocre, wimpy, mushy, rehashed, and poorly crafted books and other items die their own deaths. Don't waste time and energy on items you will only complain about. Items that provide skillful means for mind, body, soul, community, or the planet. First, ask yourself: Is this the only tool available for this purpose? If so, say so, especially if it's the first to offer a new idea, thought, or technique. Second, if it provides upgraded skillful means, a greater intimacy and sense of caring, or wild and adventurous intellect, then make sure we know how it compares to the other stuff that's out there. But avoid showing off your great and deep understanding or outlining the whole book-get out of the way of the book or tool. Beware the back cover blurb! Write with an honesty that makes you squirm. Reveal your voice and all its slangish, idiomatic candor. Let the excerpts speak. Quotes convey the thought and craft of writing. Please type the excerpts, noting the page numbers, or send photocopies with excerpts marked. Don't send us your copy of the book!

Magazines are different about what kinds of reviews they use. Some will assign a book for the reviewer; others will accept reviews written about books relevant to their topics. Some magazines pay for reviews; others just pay in copies and/or free books. I had a website devoted to book reviews, and that's how I have reviews to send to certain magazines. Having a book review website will invite authors to send you their books to review. I was even approached by a major publisher to review their books even though my website was relatively small.

My website was for nonfiction books, but of course, there are different genres that can be reviewed. In nonfiction, there is self-help, historical, biography, and others. In fiction, there is science fiction, historical fiction, mysteries, and so on. A reviewer should judge genres by different standards. A cookbook won't be reviewed the same way as a novel. Ball mentions standards for fiction and nonfiction in her ebook. It helps to review books in your favorite genres because it makes for more pleasant reading, but a book reviewer should be prepared to review all genres in order to be versatile for different publications.

As mentioned by Bouziden, book reviewing is hard to develop into a full-time career. It should really be one of a writer's specializations. As for myself, I started book reviewing online for websites using books I had purchased or borrowed from the library. Eventually I sought books to review on the site and in email groups, and authors and publishers started emailing me about books they wanted to send me. I would usually pick all the nonfiction ones, and the print ones were mailed to me and the ebooks I downloaded. Sometime I would solicit authors if I was really interested in the book, and the author would get exposure on my site in return. Print magazines usually have email addresses to send submissions, and through this, I was able to publish reviews in two magazines, one paying and one nonpaying. Plus I have other reviews to be published in the future in print magazines. All the magazines except one accepted my unsolicited reviews. That one sent me a book that I reviewed.

I soon quit my sites and started teaching an online class about how to book review   http://universal . In addition to the class, I send out reviews to magazines and if they don't accept unsolicited reviews, I send out queries, cover letters, and clips.

Tips about Writing Book Reviews for Money.

  • Specialize in different topics. Don't write just for literary magazines. Many topical magazines publish reviews. I have found a magazine about dogs that had reviews.
  • Describe the book accurately and succinctly. An objective and quick description of the book may be more useful to your readers than your evaluation. In reviews exceeding 500 words, your reader should learn something about the book's subject.
  • If you're web-savvy, you may want to set up your own site to publish reviews. A way to make a little money that way is to sell books through affiliates like   and   Barnesand .
  • Remember reviewing is more than summarizing. Assessing the book is also important. Some reviews include author interviews.
  • Don't sound like you are the author's publicist. Objectively review the book.
  • Don't be afraid to let your personal style show. There is no need for the review to sound stilted. Dorothy Parker, a great book reviewer for   Vanity Fair   and the   New Yorker , added her flair by writing, "This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown aside with great force."

Book reviewing is almost like getting rewarded for reading, and you can do it from anywhere. All you need is a book, writing materials, email and postal mail. Also book reviews are usually short so an experienced writer shouldn't have trouble writing them. Another benefit from reviewing is positive feedback from authors. When an author of a book from a major publishing house thanked me for reviewing her book, I saved her email because I enjoyed the book and didn't expect her to email me.

The Internet has articles about how to review books. This site view/write_review.htm   tells what to put in the review and even lists sources about reviewing.

Although it's not the most lucrative field, book reviewing is very satisfying and enjoyable to a writer who loves to read. Through book reviewing, writers can add to their resumes, bookshelves, and hopefully even their bank accounts.

Niki Taylor   is a writer/book reviewer from North Carolina. She has been published in   The Writer   and   Pediatrics for Parents . Her website is .

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One Man, an Underground Army, and the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz

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Winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award. The incredible true story of a Polish resistance fighter's infiltration of Auschwitz to sabotage the camp from within, and his daring escape to warn the Allies about the Nazis' true plans for a "Final Solution."

To uncover the fate of the thousands being interred at a mysterious Nazi camp on the border of the Reich, a young Polish resistance fighter named Witold Pilecki volunteered for an audacious mission: intentionally get captured and transported to the new camp to report back on what was going on there. But gathering information was not his only task: he was to execute an attack from inside' - where the Germans would least expect it.  The name of the camp was Auschwitz. Over the next two and half years, Pilecki forged an underground army within Auschwitz that sabotaged facilities, assassinated Nazi informants and officers, and smuggled out evidence of terrifying abuse and mass murder. But as the annihilation of innocents accelerated, Pilecki realized he would have to attempt another perilous mission: escape Auschwitz and somehow - with more than 900 miles of Nazi-occupied territory in the way - deliver his alert to London before all was lost... Completely erased from the historical record by Poland's Communist government, Pilecki remains almost unknown to the world. Now, with exclusive access to previously hidden diaries, family and camp survivor accounts and recently declassified files, Jack Fairweather reveals Witold's exploits with vivid, cinematic bravura. He also uncovers the tragic outcome of Pilecki's mission, in which the ultimate betrayal came not on the Continent, but England.

Chapter 1 Invasion KRUPA, EASTERN POLAND AUGUST 26, 1939

Witold stood on the manor house steps and watched the car kick up a trail of dust as it drove down the lime tree avenue toward the yard and came to a stop in a white cloud beside the gnarled chestnut. The summer had been so dry that the peasants talked about pouring water on the grave of a drowned man, or harnessing a maiden to the plow to make it rain—such were the customs of the Kresy, Poland's eastern borderlands. A vast electrical storm had finally come only to flatten what was left of the harvest and lift the storks' nests off their posts. But that August Witold wasn't worrying about grain for the winter. The radio waves crackled with news of German troops massing on the border and Adolf Hitler's threat to reclaim territory ceded to Poland at the end of World War I. Hitler believed the German people were locked in a brutal contest for resources with other races. It was only by the "annihilation of Poland ...

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Transforming Disruption to Impact: Rethinking Volunteer Engagement for a Rapidly Changing World

The twin crises of 2020—the COVID-19 pandemic and the murder of George Floyd—led to a disruption of standard nonprofit operations almost immediately. But as the editors of Transforming Disruption to Impact:  Rethinking Volunteer Engagement for a Rapidly Changing World recognize, “disruption is not inherently bad.” While there was nothing to celebrate in those cataclysmic events, they drove many individuals and nonprofits to react quickly and to improve operations—to innovate, change, and “build back better.”

The 19 essays collected in this book, penned by national nonprofit leaders, experts in volunteerism, directors of corporate social responsibility, and grantmakers, examine the changes wrought by disruption in 2020 through the lens of volunteer engagement. The focus of the book is to draw attention to what was inadequate about nonprofit volunteering in the past—and how nonprofits, corporations, funders, and individuals have worked to change processes for the better.

The book is divided into four thematic sections that help define the landscape of volunteering and its transformation: Section One defines the “landscape of disruption,” including the effects of the pandemic and the racial inequities and injustices revealed by the interruption of standard volunteering practices; Section Two helps rethink the standard strategies of volunteering and how the roles of corporations, funders, volunteers, and leaders evolved after 2020; Section Three redefines the operations of volunteer engagement, from rethinking recruitment processes to the groundbreaking uses of technology; and Section Four takes a look at the impact of all this change and the need for continued change to increase intended impacts.

The discrete essays look at the experiences of specific nonprofits, from new national volunteering nonprofits like Inspiring Service and Develop for Good to longtime local food service providers like the 100-year-old East Boston Social Centers . However, there are issues that wind through all of these essays—issues that became obvious once the disruption of services were felt. Among the most crucial are the following:

Equity and volunteerism: As many of the essays reveal, the response to George Floyd’s murder at the hands of Minneapolis police inspired a change in their communities, despite the omnipresent threat of COVID—and this change made itself felt through volunteerism. As Karmit Bulman, executive director of the Minnesota Alliance for Volunteer Advancement notes, there was an unexpected emotional call to volunteer: “What motivated thousands of us to flock to what is now known as ‘George Floyd Square’ with our shovels, garbage bags, and hygiene supplies to clean up neighborhoods torn apart by civil unrest? No one organized us. No formal organization called upon us to do community clean-up.  What motivated us to leave our COVID cocoons?” Bulman notes that this “informal” volunteering—driven by personal responsibility and the urge to connect to people—drew attention to the fact that previous “formal approaches to volunteer engagement may unintentionally create barriers for many people who wish to volunteer.”

The focus of the book is to draw attention to what was inadequate about nonprofit volunteering in the past—and how nonprofits, corporations, funders, and individuals have worked to change processes for the better.

The sense that unintentional barriers were revealed is clear to many of the other essayists, including Doug Bolton of Inspiring Service, who notes that the traditional methods of recruiting volunteer board members failed in creating “WIDER-welcoming, inclusive, diverse, equitable, and representative—nonprofit boards.”  Wendy Vang-Roberts, training director of the Minnesota Alliance for Volunteer Advancement, relates how, during COVID, “best practices” in volunteer recruitment were shown to be non-inclusive:  “Many of these practices…actually reinforce systems of power and privilege, thereby inadvertently excluding historically marginalized communities.” These exclusionary practices work many different ways. Phyllis N. Segall, senior fellow at (now CoGenerate), discusses how, for years, volunteer programs like Civilian Conservation Corps and the Foster Grandparents Programs segregated volunteers by age; “disruption-driven innovation”—breaking down age barriers through programs like Colorado’s intergenerational COVID Containment Response Corps —led to a more successful sharing of volunteer effort (and wisdom, and skills) by old and young alike.

Technology: Many organizations used new technology to counteract many of the problems of inclusivity discussed above. As Laura Plato, former chief solutions officer for VolunteerMatch says, “[W]e saw the emergence of grassroots mutual aid movements, organized around principles and systems characterized by easy-to-use, often low-fi, technologies and distributed leadership.” The necessity of immediate changes due to the threat of COVID to those served led to realizations that the technology could not cope“[A]n antiquated website might have been tolerable in normal times…it became devastating as the world turned virtual and organizations were forced to rely on their online presence to connect with beneficiaries, volunteers, and donors.” This latter quote is from Amay Aggarwal and Mary Zhu, part of the group of Stanford students that led to the startup Develop for Good. Develop for Good began with Google Forms uniting volunteer tech students across the country to assist nonprofits in need. At a more complex technological level, Inspiring Service created a less exclusionary board matching program using artificial intelligence and a virtual platform. In the last essay of the book, Craig Young, president of the Craig Young Family Foundation , calls for even more technological innovation for nonprofit volunteers: “the impact possible from potential applications that leverage a well-maintained, comprehensive active nonprofit guide are vast and promising.”

A new look at volunteering itself: One of the most valuable things about this essay collection is the way it uses the disruption of the moment to look at how individuals are changing many aspects of volunteering away from “the way it’s always been done.” For example, corporate responsibility and social impact strategist Jerome Tennille takes a sharp look at corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the post-COVID world and calls for an embrace of “big, hairy, audacious goals,” including more concentration on informal volunteering and investing in true in-house CSR expertise. Tennille and Beth Steinhorn of VQ Volunteer Strategies look at how corporate in-service days have often put stress on the nonprofits they supposedly serve, and how, given the immediacy of need during 2020 and 2021, “many organizations relegated days of service to a relic of the past, giving life, instead, to new, ongoing opportunities….” The focus in many of the essays is less on “making a difference” in the sense of heroically deliverin g change to a nonprofit. Instead, it’s about connecting to and understanding the real lives of the beneficiaries of volunteering—or, as Chris Jarvis and Angela Parker of the Realized Worth Institute describe it, that a poor person is not a problem to be solved but a person whose life you must imagine, connect to, and challenge your own assumptions about.

The final message—and what makes the book so impactful itself—is its emphasis on volunteer impact, and the meaning of all the changes that 2020 made necessary.

These issues are just a sample of the scope of this literally disruptive book. The final message—and what makes the book so impactful itself—is its emphasis on volunteer impact, and the meaning of all the changes that 2020 made necessary. In her essay, consultant Sue Carter Kahl states that the movement of all volunteer programs should be away from unexamined “best practices” and a solely economic examination of volunteering. She points to the importance of focusing on worth rather than value . “ Value is a business term and suggests a price set by the market. Worth is more comprehensive. It includes material value, but it can also be imbued with meaning, sentiment, and tradition.  It reflects not only the item or time given but the relationship between those in the exchange.”

The worth of volunteering, says this excellent book, is connection.

David M. Holmes is a network engagement manager at Candid .

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by Jack Fairweather ‧ RELEASE DATE: June 25, 2019

An inspiring story beautifully told.

One man’s remarkable heroism in the face of Nazi terror.

Nothing about Auschwitz is pleasant reading. Thankfully, Fairweather ( The Good War: Why We Couldn’t Win the War or the Peace in Afghanistan , 2014), a former correspondent for the Washington Post and the Daily Telegraph , delivers a well-written, riveting work. The protagonist is Polish resistance fighter Witold Pilecki (1901-1948), part of Poland’s cavalry reserves, much of which was decimated by the blitzkrieg’s main panzer thrust. With Warsaw surrounded, most military leaders left the country, but Pilecki and another officer banded together and organized the remaining soldiers. During this time, Germany continued to pit ethnic groups against each other and, mostly, against the Jews. Nationalism was flourishing, and attacks on Jews escalated. When Pilecki tried to fuse their group with the mainstream underground, his partner asked him to form a new group—in Auschwitz, to fight from the inside. Once inside, a Polish work foreman got him a builder’s job, which allowed him to start developing resistance cells among prisoners. In addition to some brave locals, newly released prisoners passed on his reports to Warsaw and then to London. The camp doctor saved Pilecki’s life more than once, but in many of his messages, Pilecki begged to have the camp, arsenals, and railways bombed. Despite his messages, the Allies made excuses, claiming that winning the war was the only way to control the camps. Based on the reports from Pilecki, they certainly knew that Auschwitz had become a death camp. Using myriad sources to paint the pictures of the camp’s horrors, including the prime source, Pilecki’s memoir, which has only recently been translated, Fairweather shines a powerful spotlight on a courageous man and his impressive accomplishments in the face of unspeakable evil.

Pub Date: June 25, 2019

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Dogged original research and superb narrative skills come together in this gripping account of pitiless evil.

Greed, depravity, and serial murder in 1920s Oklahoma.

During that time, enrolled members of the Osage Indian nation were among the wealthiest people per capita in the world. The rich oil fields beneath their reservation brought millions of dollars into the tribe annually, distributed to tribal members holding "headrights" that could not be bought or sold but only inherited. This vast wealth attracted the attention of unscrupulous whites who found ways to divert it to themselves by marrying Osage women or by having Osage declared legally incompetent so the whites could fleece them through the administration of their estates. For some, however, these deceptive tactics were not enough, and a plague of violent death—by shooting, poison, orchestrated automobile accident, and bombing—began to decimate the Osage in what they came to call the "Reign of Terror." Corrupt and incompetent law enforcement and judicial systems ensured that the perpetrators were never found or punished until the young J. Edgar Hoover saw cracking these cases as a means of burnishing the reputation of the newly professionalized FBI. Bestselling New Yorker staff writer Grann ( The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession , 2010, etc.) follows Special Agent Tom White and his assistants as they track the killers of one extended Osage family through a closed local culture of greed, bigotry, and lies in pursuit of protection for the survivors and justice for the dead. But he doesn't stop there; relying almost entirely on primary and unpublished sources, the author goes on to expose a web of conspiracy and corruption that extended far wider than even the FBI ever suspected. This page-turner surges forward with the pacing of a true-crime thriller, elevated by Grann's crisp and evocative prose and enhanced by dozens of period photographs.

Pub Date: April 18, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-385-53424-6

Page Count: 352

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The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the...

Elie Wiesel spent his early years in a small Transylvanian town as one of four children. 

He was the only one of the family to survive what Francois Maurois, in his introduction, calls the "human holocaust" of the persecution of the Jews, which began with the restrictions, the singularization of the yellow star, the enclosure within the ghetto, and went on to the mass deportations to the ovens of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. There are unforgettable and horrifying scenes here in this spare and sombre memoir of this experience of the hanging of a child, of his first farewell with his father who leaves him an inheritance of a knife and a spoon, and of his last goodbye at Buchenwald his father's corpse is already cold let alone the long months of survival under unconscionable conditions. 

Pub Date: Jan. 16, 2006

ISBN: 0374500010

Page Count: 120

Publisher: Hill & Wang

Review Posted Online: Oct. 7, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2006


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The rolling hills of the Palouse speak to author Cheryl Grey Bostrom.

As a newlywed, she taught at Colfax High School while her husband finished his degree at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Though they’ve lived in rural Whatcom County for many years, they often return to the area to visit friends.

That’s why her second novel, “Leaning on Air” (Tyndale, 2024), is set in the heart of the Palouse – specifically between Pullman and the Snake River breaks at Penawawa.

“I love the Palouse,” Bostrom said. “I always want the natural world to be a character in my books, and that land speaks to me.”

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They rode through the open, horizon-kissing sweep of Eastern Washington then, until the freeway funneled them into Spokane and an exit spit them toward Riverfront Park, where they lay in shade under maples, shared a burrito the size of a man’s shoe and added salsa to their accumulated road grime and sweat.

“Leaning on Air” is a stand-alone companion to the award-winning “Sugar Birds” and picks up the stories of Celia Burke and Burnaby Hayes 12 years after the events in “Sugar Birds.”

“A surprise encounter reunites Celia and Burnaby,” she said.

Bostrom, a naturalist, photographer and poet, danced around the edges of fiction for many years while writing nonfiction for various publications.

“Sugar Birds” was first published by a hybrid press in 2021 and garnered numerous awards before being re-released by Tyndale in 2023.

“I published it at 67,” said Bostrom. “All these stories that have accumulated – experiences that travel with us – it’s never too late.”

When she picked up the threads of Burnaby and Celia’s story in “Leaning on Air,” she knew the theme would revolve around unmet expectations and loss – including the sorrow of pregnancy loss.

Bostrom drew the title from Burnaby’s aversion to physical touch.

She (Celia) pressed her forehead onto Burnaby’s shoulder, then withdrew an inch, leaning on air.

“Celia is passionate,” Bostrom explained. “Burnaby can’t be touched.”

His aversion to being touched would eventually hurt her. He’d told her that, as well.

“Nobody’s perfect, Burn,” she’d said. “Pretty sure I’ll hurt you, too, though I won’t mean to or want to. People do that, you know, autistic or not.”

The differences in the way they give and receive love are thrown into stark relief when, after two miscarriages, Celia loses a baby at 20 weeks. Unable to find comfort in her spouse, she flees to the Palouse and encounters the grandmother she’d never met, a boy rendered mute by trauma, and an elusive red-tailed hawk.

“The book takes people to this beautiful country and also addresses care for the land,” Bostrom said.

Her next book, “River Hoarder” will be released in May 2025. In it, she leaves the story of Burnaby and Celia behind – but the natural world is still a major character.

“It’s set on the Elwha River (Olympic Peninsula),” she said.

“Leaning on Air” is marketed as Book Club, Women’s Fiction and Literary Fiction, and while not specifically Christian fiction, it does contain spiritual concepts.

“The overarching theme is that life is for us – God is for us,” Bostrom said. “It’s about redemption and restoration. It’s for those who enjoy points of intersection between science and faith.”

“Leaning on Air” is available locally at Auntie’s, both Barnes and Noble locations, the Well-Read Moose in Coeur d’Alene, Book People in Moscow, Kindred & Co. in Post Falls and Tick Klock Drug in Colfax.

Though the novel deals with heavy issues, readers should take the author’s words to heart.

“Come what may, I believe in happy endings,” Bostrom said.

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