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Reunion Hardcover – January 4, 2012
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About the Author
Jim George grew up in the tri-state area (KY, VA, and WV) of the southern Appalachians. At Virginia Tech, and later in graduate school at Arizona State, he studied Electrical Engineering, and spent nearly forty years in the semiconductor industry, rising to a corporate officer in several companies including Motorola, with worldwide responsibility for a number of areas including Memory ICs, Digital Processors, and Embedded Solutions for Printers. His final responsibilities included world-wide Strategy and Sales for the wireless market. He also served as primary executive customer liaison for semiconductors for HP's printer business and for Motorola's cell phone business, culminating with the extremely successful Razr phone in 2002. He and his wife, Diana, his high school sweetheart and a retired social worker, have lived in the Hill Country just outside Austin, TX, since 1984. He is a lifelong enthusiast for amateur radio, with the call sign, N3BB, preferring high speed Morse code to a microphone. George is an active jogger and casual race participant in Austin's active running scene. He and Diana began hiking the Appalachian Trail in Georgia in the early 2000's, and hope to continue segment hikes. In addition, he likes vintage Porsche sports cars, and his "baby" a robin-egg blue 1959 356A cabriolet, is being restored in early 2012. Jim is a life-long Virginia Tech sports fan, and has served the university in numerous capacities, including as Chairman of the Advisory Boards for both the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, as well as the College of Engineering. He is a member of the Academy of Engineering Excellence at Virginia Tech. He is an avid reader--reading 40 books a years on average-enjoying both fiction as well as non-fiction, and is a member of a men's book club in Austin. The Georges have three grown children and five grandchildren. Reunion is his debut novel, and he is preparing to begin a se --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
I, too, grew up in the same era, and just as with the character in the book, was exposed to many of the same influences and social and personal issues. Through his willingness to remember, recount, and look afresh at his experiences and their influences on his life, Jim has been able to see the past and those in it both accurately and in a very different perspective. I believe it took courage to write this book and I am so happy that Jim had that strength.
In the book "God Never Blinks" the author Regina Brett states that "Forgiveness is giving up all hope of a better past....once you let go of what you wanted the past to be, you can start changing the present and create a better future." I think Jim has not only forgiven, but has accepted the past, those in it, and has become able to embrace it, and them, with the love that is deserved.
This book will appeal to a much larger group than just those of us who grew up in the 50s and 60s. There is honesty, humility, and (hard earned) wisdom within its pages.
Hot rods, ham radio, girl friends, doo-wop bands, first kisses, school dances, conversations at the lockers. All of these things were so normal then, but had since faded into the past as I have grown older. I felt so close to "Jimmy Jackson", the main character, when Jimmy realized that his parents were ageing and that his role would now be that of the caregiver, changing places with Mom and Dad. Anyone who has gone through that knows of this revelation as the reality hits.
Jim George is a master at making his story genuine. All the thoughts, the settings, the jargon of the time are perfectly captured in the pages of this compelling story.
Thanks, Jim! I loved every page, going back and re-reading a number of them just to make sure that I had digested all of the nuances that were refelctive of my own life. The author has captured a wonderful journey here. One that will resonate with many, many readers. I highly recommend this wonderful book.