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Passage Paperback – March 2, 2011
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I recently saw this book advertised and I realized that I had never reviewed it so I reread it to refresh my memory. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jeanne R.
This was indeeed a good book. I enjoy real life stories and this one was good reading. I don't think it was great, but family stories are always affecting.Published on May 7, 2013 by Hannah
The book was historic while at the same time endearing. The author is from (and writes about)
the local area.
Under the category of "truth is stranger than fiction" is the incredible life story of Grace Balogh as detailed by her daughter Sandy Powers in Passage. Read morePublished on August 20, 2011 by LegalBeagle
I read an article written by Richard J. Pufall in the Englewood Sun newspaper while wintering in Englewood, Florida during the winter of 2011. Read morePublished on July 15, 2011 by Maryellen Morrison
Sandy Powers' passage is a true story. The story is told via journals and letters. Grace Balogh didn't live a happy life. She was an orphan. Read morePublished on July 2, 2011 by Amazon Customer
what secrets people keep, even the ones closest to you. This is a very interesting story. For some reason I would have rather it read like a fiction story instead of all the... Read morePublished on May 6, 2011 by Coral Russell
"Passage" Grace Balogh. We think we know our Mother very well. After all, we grew up with her, we saw it all, didn't we? Read morePublished on April 28, 2011 by Karen Ach