Book Review: Hard Time

Hard Time:  A Brit in America’s Toughest Jail By Shaun Attwood Mainstream Publishing 2010 ISBN:  1845966511 $16 Reviewed by Christopher Zoukis Most people are happily ignorant of the difference between the term ‘jail’ and ‘prison.’  And since you don’t learn the difference until after you’ve been arrested, ignorance is indeed bliss.  Jail is where prisoners […]

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Interview: Barbara Carole, Author of ‘Twelve Stones’


By Christopher Zoukis / February 4, 2014


 

         Today, I’m pleased to interview Barbara Carole about her memoir Twelve Stones which tells the story of an intensely personal, unorthodox journey to faith.  Gritty, plain-spoken and fast paced, this book reads like a novel – with vibrant characters, dialogue and action on three continents – but it is all true.

          Barbara, a Fulbright scholar and graduate of the University of Wisconsin with B.A. and M.A. degrees in literature, lived in Paris for several years as a translator and assistant editor at the Paris Review before returning to the USA to teach French and French literature at UCLA.

            Subsequently, she was a writer and researcher for undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, working in Los Angeles and Monaco, France. 

Barbara worked for 20+ years as a marketing executive before leaving the corporate world to focus on her writing.  For more on her background and on the book, visit www.barbaracarole.com.

 

Christopher Zoukis: Barbara, Twelve Stones is a very intimate story.  How does it feel to have such personal details of your life in print for everyone to see? 

Barbara Carole: Ha!  A lot of people ask me that.  Telling it all honestly wasn’t easy, but I wanted the reader to know me exactly as I was, with no sugar coating.  Because the whole point of the story is that imperfect people can find perfect love.   Even ordinary people who make poor decisions, can experience extraordinary miracles.

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Unstoppable

By Shane ‘Silky’ Thomas

Reviewed by Christopher Zoukis

“A lot of people know what it feels like to be a bad man, but I am the only bad man who knows what it feels like to be the baddest man.”

Silky Thomas’ real name was Shane Anthony Thomas.  His nickname was courtesy of his friends, who called him Silky because he was so slick and smooth.  Silky was a member of – and the leader of – a gang called the Ridgeway Bloods, which was part of the United Blood Nations, one of the ten most feared gangs in North America. 

Silky relates his story in his recently published memoir, which is entitled Unstoppable.  The title is appropriate.  For when he was a criminal, Silky was unstoppable.  Later, after he altered his lifestyle, Silky remained unstoppable.    Relentless would be a good word to describe Silky’s personality.

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