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Passage takes Author Sandy Powers on a riveting, incredible journey through one woman's life during a turbulent time in American history. Cancer survivor and health writer, Sandy Powers is also the author of the award winning book, "Organic for Health." Sandy and her husband, Mike, live in Englewood, Florida.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (March 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456729543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456729547
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,237,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sandy Powers was borned and raised in Lorain, Ohio, a small town on the shores of Lake Erie. She and her husband, Mike, moved to Kent, Washington, a small town outside of Seattle. After their daughters traveled acros the country to attend college, Sandy and Mike transplanted themselves to Englewood, Florida, a small town outside of Sarasota. A small town girl is how Sandy describes herself.
When Sandy was diagnosed with breast cancer and an ailing liver in 2005, her best option was a mastectomy but she was unable to continue with further traditional cancer treatment because of her liver. Sandy knew breast cancer often recurred so she set out to find an alternative therapy to heal her liver and force cancer into remission. "Organic for Health" shares that research along with recipes rich in antioxidants and immune boosters.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
It is not that often that I come across a book that completely captives me and hold my interest from the first sentence right to the last. I started this book and literally could not put it down and read it straight through in one setting.

There are reasons for this. First, this is a very compelling story...more about that later. Secondly, this author is quite skillful, i.e. she can truly write and forth, we get a very insightful look of what was like in our country from the early days of the depression all the way through the 1950s. Good story, good writing, good history lesson and a glimpse into the life of a rather remarkable woman.

Upon her mother's death, the author finds several boxes of documents; letters, news clippings, legal papers and journal entries along with a letter from her mother to "her children." The author is suddenly faced with the absolute fact that she simply did not know her mother as she thought she did. Through this documentation she found that her mom was not the person who had lovingly raised her...there were secrets!

This is the story of a remarkable woman; the author's mother, Grace Balogh.

The author has used documents and journal entries left by her mother that takes the reader though Grace's life starting as an (unknown to Grace herself) adopted child. When her mother died, she found herself in an extremely abusive situation (physically and mentally) overseen by a not very nice step-mother. Married at the age of 16 to the love of her life, the author's father, the young couple starts life during the Great Depression.

The reader is given a very good account of the hard times known to many during that era where survivability was literally on the line.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anne Salazar on June 7, 2012
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I came across this book on Amazon and was captivated by the cover photo. I couldn't imagine that this very short book could cover all the topics others have mentioned: adoption, parental death, a wicked step-mother, a domestic murder, the Depression, World War II, the steel industry, Communist activity, spying, cancer -- you name it, it happened to Grace Balogh, the mother of this author. To write about a life such as this, the book could have been much longer, but I think the impact of the book lies in the fact of its brevity. Because of the way it's written, mostly through Grace's journals and letters, it is a very personal book, the reader seeming to be alongside the author as she reads through the documents her mother has left to her now-grown children.

This is a truly American story. I don't think that this "America" exists any longer, so books such as these are becoming more and more important as the years go by. There are documents and family photos at the end of the book, but I think the cover photo is an image from Thinkstock, which took me a while to figure out. In any case, it perfectly matches the mood and the times of the story Sandy Powers tells, and I really loved the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Fantin on April 1, 2011
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From the first pages this book takes the reader back to an America that once was. On a journey from before and then through the Great Deppression, World War II, and the Cold War. Not by the memoirs of Presidents or Generals, but by a scrap book, letters, and the journal of a seemingly typical mother and housewife that lived the times. What becomes apparent is that Grace Balogh was no typical housewife. Through her misfortunes, struggles and courage emerge the story of a Great American and amazing woman. The writing and organization of this book is excellent! You will enjoy this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 5, 2011
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PASSAGE is a great read - the letters and documents and newspaper clippings and transcriptions of important radio broadcasts and trial proceedings that accompany the life of on extraordinary, ordinary American woman - Grace Balogh. Grace began her life as an unwanted child of a woman named Orpha Farley, placed in an abusive adoptive home that evidently was a poor choice (there seems to be missing information here as the transition is puzzling to say the least) and later adopted by a loving family who goes on to marry and Hungarian with whom she has four children. She and her family survive the Great Depression, World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War and all the deprivations emotionally and physically that those times produced. Grace became involved with the meetings of the American Communist Party and was later hired by the FBI to be an undercover agent during the McCarthy era. There are side stories of Grace and her husband Bill witnessing the murder of a next door neighbor and being called as witnesses in the courts for the case, her letters to her friends and family during the wars and the trauma of hearing of their being killed in action, and the final retirement to Florida.

There is no question that this is the story of an amazing woman who survived the worst of times and became a hero - and that part of the book deserves five stars. But the book itself is just assembled letters, journal entries, birth documents, court reports, and speeches by Roosevelt, Truman, Stalin, etc with only minimal narrative input from Grace Balogh herself.
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