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review 2018-10-23 18:26
THE ODYSSEY OF AN AFRICAN AMERICAN VETERAN OF WORLD WAR II
Blood on German Snow: An African American Artilleryman in World War II and Beyond - Emiel W. Owens

Born in Texas in 1922, Emiel W. Owens went on to live an extraordinary life as an educator and economic/financial consultant. He shares with the reader his life experiences from growing up under Jim Crow segregation in Texas, through his service in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 777th Field Artillery Battalion (which was engaged in almost constant combat in Europe between October 1944 and V-E Day in May 1945), and his subsequent reassignment to a quartermaster unit that was shipped to the Philippines shortly before the end of the Pacific War.

Owens was honorably discharged from the Army shortly after returning to the U.S. in early 1946. He went on to earn his undergraduate degree at Prairie View A&M University and graduate degrees (a Masters and doctorate) in economics from Ohio State University. He would go on to teach and serve in a variety of educational and consultative endeavors both in the U.S. and abroad.

I very much enjoyed reading this memoir. It is well-written and a rare work, because there are very few memoirs from African American veterans of World War II. That in itself makes "BLOOD ON GERMAN SNOW" a book to treasure.

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review 2018-10-21 04:27
Blood Magick
Blood Magick - Nora Roberts

This is the third book in the Cousins O'Dwyer trilogy. I enjoyed more than I thought I was going to at first, and probably would have rated it higher had the "I love you and you love me, but we can never be together because you are a descendant of the evil witch my good witch ancestor cursed as she died" part of the plot drug on way too long. I mean, I knew it would all be resolved in the end, but I'm at a point right now where I like low angst romances. But, overall, I did enjoy this couple together.

 

I know that all of Nora's paranormal trilogies all tend to follow a pattern, and I both like and dislike that at the same time. It's hard to explain. But mostly, I've come to rely on them, as I do with Jayne Ann Krentz books, as comfort reads.

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text 2018-10-21 04:01
Reading progress update: I've read 336 out of 336 pages.
Blood Magick - Nora Roberts

I knew this one would read quickly for me. I feel I've gained back a bit of ground I lost when I abandoned the Linda Howard book.

 

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text 2018-10-20 23:38
Reading progress update: I've read 181 out of 336 pages.
Blood Magick - Nora Roberts
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text 2018-10-20 21:00
Reading progress update: I've read 75 out of 336 pages.
Blood Magick - Nora Roberts
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