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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Bettie Youngs Books (September 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984308121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984308125
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aura's courage shows the degree to which we are all willing to live lives centered on freedom, hope, and an authentic sense of self. Truly a love story! --Nadia Comaneci, Olympic gold medalist

If you grew up hearing names like Tito, Mao, and Ceausescu but really didn't understand their significance, read this book! --Mark Skidmore, Paramount Pictures

If you grew up hearing names like Tito, Mao, and Ceausescu but really didn't understand their significance, read this book! --Mark Skidmore, Paramount Pictures

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Aura's courage shows the degree to which we are all willing to live lives centered on freedom, hope, and an authentic sense of self. Truly a love story! —Nadia Comaneci, Olympic Champion

Unforgettable, giving the pioneer spirit courage and a brave heart bravado. —Adrian Maher, Documentary Filmmaker, Discovery Channel

If you grew up hearing names like Tito, Mao, and Ceausescu but really didn't understand their significance, read this book! —Mark Skidmore, Paramount Pictures

A remarkable account erasing a past, but not an identity. Thought -provoking, inspirational, and comforting. —Todd Greenfield, 20th Century Fox

This book is sure to find its place in memorial literature of the world. —Beatrice Ungar, Editor in chief, Hermannstädter Zeitung

I congratulate Aura for this beautiful and courageous book, one that readily showcases the beauty and richness of this culture and people. — Mike Costache, Pres., Miss Universe Romania Organization

Out of the Transylvania Night is a compelling and spelling-binding story of a fiercely independent young woman growing up at the height of worldwide Communist power and then the rapid fall of the Iron Curtain. We must never forget what her story ultimately teaches. —Sharrie Williams, author, The Maybelline Story—and the Spirited Family Dynasty behind It

Under Communism, Aura's family lost its fortune but kept their jewels. Under capitalism, she made a fortune and lost the jewels. And then lost the fortune as well. Such is the paradox found within the pages of this amazing and unforgettable story.—Lindy Hudis, producer, IMPACT Motion Pictures

We all have much to learn about freedom; certainly anyone born without it will search until they find it. This is an incredible story about pain, strength, courage, defiance, and healing.—David Haspel, producer

Out of the Transylvania Night presents an emotional journey through both free and closed societies, revealing how freedom is also found in the self and not only the destination. —Ilie T. Ardelean, founding chairman and president, Romanian-American Professional Network (RAPN)

Out of the Transylvania Night is an exciting and truly memorable search for personal freedom. —Alexander R. Marmureanu, MD, president and CEO, California Heart and Lung Surgery Center, UCLA Medical Center

Out of the Transylvania Night is a deeply moving account of one woman's search for her own identity, firstly under the Communist dictatorship of the ruthlessly oppressive Ceausescu, and, later, as she struggles to maintain her integrity in the face of overwhelming materialism. -Louise Henderson, bookpleasures.com.

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What an inspiring story !!
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I hope one day I get to meet you and I hope if that day comes I can get my book Autographed by you and tell you more about my reasons for wanting to go to Romania.
Mr. Martinez
I read about Sibiu and LA and what you went through, and I realized that you joinning the Romanian Community was the apogee of success.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By wanda on November 1, 2012
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For the life of me I don't get the 5 star reviews and glowing blogs on GR, Amazon and the web concerning this book. Of course I could not find any actual big time reviewers that had published anything on Out of the Transylvania Night, but even so -- FIVE STARS?? I think not. I saw one reviewer call it a Cinderella story. Huh? It's about as close in theme to Cinderella as War and Peace is to Rapunzel.
I bought this book because there is so little written about the horror of the Ceausescu years and their aftermath that is readable, and I saw all of the glowing reviews. So much for believing everything you read. I learned very little about what I really set out to learn.
To be fair, this is an inspirational story. But it is not a particularly unique memoir, as memoirs go. Recent memoirs of the horrors of living through World War II (When God Looked the Other Way or The Ice Road) are far more inspirational and far better written. If you want to see the human spirit at work, read about starving with your family in a Soviet gulag and surviving. That is transcendent.
My big problem with this book is the way that it is written. Again, to be fair, the author is not a native English speaker, but where it the world was her editor? The narrative rocks along between young adult speak full of idioms and the most purple of purple prose. Examples of the former: "he did not come on to me" "he started his spiel" "we played phone tag" "my water works had dried up" "How could I ever level with her now?" "Can I have a word with you guys? (meaning her parents)." I expect that kind of writing from a teenager, not a grown woman. It really got annoying.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cat Lady on November 26, 2013
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Don't waste your time with this one! I have read many accounts of the Romanian Revolution, but this one is not one that I enjoyed. Maybe it might be OK for middle school kids that were studying that period of time.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sharrie W. Dorney on October 5, 2010
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If you don't want to loose sleep don't read this over the top exciting book before going to sleep. It is seriously a thrill to go through Aura's experience in Communist Romania and make you appreciate your life in America. Her writing style and voice, makes you think about her until you can pick up the book again. I loved it and know you will want to recommend it to everyone you know.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tabitha Turnbow on September 23, 2010
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Wow, I am a bit nervous here. This is my first actual posting of a novel and I thought I would try to start off with one that really tugged at my heart and made me think really hard about myself and those around me. Out of the Transylvania Night is that novel and it has so many different facets. It is hard to quantify to what genre this novel belongs. It contains history, plenty of action, suspense, drama, heart wrenching moments and romance all wrapped up neatly within the covers. Aura Imbarus has put together an amazing work that made me get in touch with feelings I didn't know I had and some I wish I didn't. That is not a bad thing though.
The history of the character's life, the trials and tribulations that she went through are gut wrenching, uplifting, sad and joyous. I feel that if one couldn't gain something from reading this novel either they are heartless or totally unfeeling. That is how strongly I feel about the novel, and why I chose this as the first one I wanted to write about. Pick this novel up, digest it, embrace it, enjoy it; I did. Have you read the novel? What are your thoughts? I would love to compare them to see if I off the mark here. Feel free to leave a comment.
Here are Aura Imbarus's links, check them out. FYI: You can go into my Amazon Bookstore and get the novel without leaving the blog.
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When I first read this title, I immediately thought, oh a vampire book. I was never so off-track in my life!! Out of the Transylvania Night is a memoir and it is a story of which you will never forget.

Living under communist regime, life is nothing as we know it. To have any individuality was frowned upon. Aura loved her bits of buttons and zippers to get away from the gray that was everywhere. There were securities everywhere, eyes watching your every move, some you thought has beloved friends or neighbors, informants. You could trust no one with anything. And then sometimes people just...disappeared.

When politics prevail and life still does not change, Aura and her new husband go to America, looking for the American Dream. Surely it would be easier and they could relax their shoulders a bit. But even here, there are pitfalls and Aura has to look within herself to answer some hard questions. How much is enough?

Beautifully written, with vivid painted backgrounds, Aura speaks to you like she was sitting in the room over a coffee. Politics, romance, history and the human spirit all weave together to create a remarkable story, Aura's life. If you enjoy reading memoirs, you will want to pick this one up. It's an amazing read!!
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Aura Imbarus, PhD, is a former popular journalist in Europe, university professor, speaker, and award-winning educator. She is co-founder and ambassador of the Romanian-American Professional Network (RAPN) and the president of its Los Angeles chapter. She is also president of EuroCircle‟s Los Angeles chapter.

Aura was born in Sibiu, Romania. Educated at the famed Octavian Goga High School, she earned a Bachelor‟s Degree in English and Modern Languages and an MA in English Literature at Lucian Blaga University in Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania. She earned her PhD in Romance Languages-Philology under the tutelage of Professor Dumitru Ciocoi-Pop, PhD, who writes the Foreword for her book. (Dr. Ciocoi-Pop is former president of Lucian Blaga University. A popular activist for human rights, he was imprisoned for two years for speaking out against the Communist regime.)

Aura is currently an educator in the Los Angeles school system and a professor in the California College system. She lives in Los Angeles. Contact: www.AuraImbarus.com / www.TransylvaniaNight.com.

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