The Next Big Story
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by Soledad O'Brien
with Rose Marie Arce
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Celebra Hardcover (November 2, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
"I began life as the child of a mixed-race marriage growing up in a white
suburb, treated sometimes as a creature of bad circumstance… Bad things happen
until good people get in the way.
I learned this life lesson growing up in Smithtown, Long Island, and I see it almost everywhere I go in pursuit of the next big story… My immigrant parents made sure I had the potential to capture my American dream anyway.
I was handed a life of possibilities. That experience left me with the urge to chart how those around us get their chance at life and whether they go on to share their good fortune with others when the time comes.""
-- Excerpted from the Introduction (pg. 4)
Book Review by Kam Williams
Soledad O‘Brien is the daughter of immigrants, one from Australia, the other from Cuba, who met in this country while pursuing the proverbial American Dream. However because one was white, and the other was black, they had to flee the South after falling in love, since interracial marriage was still against the law down there.
Fortunately, once in a position to make a difference covering disasters like the
Great Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina or the Haitian Earthquake, this intrepid
reporter has kept the pedal to the medal in an indefatigable quest to shed light
on the plight of the least of her brethren. As for her private life, we learn
that this freckle-faced, doting mother of four was an ugly duckling who never
dated in high school before blossoming in Boston where she met her husband,
A moving memoir which does justice to the effervescent spirit and unbridled intellectual curiosity of a truly empathetic soul my faithful readers already know just might be the brightest person I've had the privilege of interviewing.
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