Weather Report, Feb. 13

African Penguins

(PHOTO ABOVE FROM UKTV)

THIS WEEK’S TWO FEATURED BOOKS, “WITCH BALL,” BY ADELE ELLIOTT AND “INSPIRATION STREET,” BY DARRELL LAURANT, CAN BE FOUND (ALONG WITH THE “FIRST TUESDAY REPLAY”), BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST, OR BY CLICKING ON THE AUTHOR’S NAME ON OUR AUTHOR PAGE.

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Happy Valentine’s Day, a day in advance. Have you thought about buying your beloved a book?

This week’s Snowflakes offerings, for example, offer a little something for everyone.

For openers, we are honored to have Dyan deNapoli’s “The Great Penguin Rescue” join our long list of featured work.

Because the U.S. media generally only covers events in other countries if they involve the overthrow of the government, a natural disaster or a series of explosions, you may well have missed hearing about this ecological catastrophe when it occurred in 2000.

Dyan’s Snowflakes template explains: “The Great Penguin Rescue tells the remarkable true story of the rescue of 40,000 penguins from the Treasure oil spill in South Africa. This historic event, which spanned more than three months in 2000, still stands as the largest and most successful animal rescue ever undertaken. This gripping first-person account is seen through the eyes of Dyan deNapoli, who was a Penguin Aquarist at Boston’s New England Aquarium at the time, and a member of the first team of penguin experts to fly to Cape Town from the US to help manage the massive rescue operation. In what was an intensely grueling effort, the rescue team and more than 12,500 completely inexperienced volunteers cleaned, fed, rehabilitated, and released back into the wild nearly all of the penguins affected by the oil spill.”

Dyan describes herself as “a penguin expert, TED speaker, educator, author, and life-long adventurer. I was raised in a small coastal town in Massachusetts, and have always felt a very powerful connection to animals and the ocean. I always dreamed of doing something to help save endangered species, but couldn’t imagine what one person could possibly do to make a difference.  

“Working as a rehabilitation manager during the Treasure oil spill rescue in Cape Town, South Africa was a tremendous privilege – and it was, by far, the most rewarding experience of my life. Having witnessed firsthand the devastating impact of oiling on 40,000 penguins, I am now more determined than ever to do everything in my power to protect these vulnerable seabirds. For this reason, I donate 20% of the proceeds from my book and from every speaking engagement to penguin rescue, research, and conservation groups. 

“I’m a frequent guest on radio and TV shows in the US and abroad, including interviews with the BBC, CNN, and CBC-Radio Canada. I lecture about penguins; pursuing your dreams; and how to give a TED talk at conferences, grade schools and colleges, museums and science centers, assisted living centers, and on nature cruises. In December of 2106, I made my second trip to Antarctica – this time with Homeward Bound; a groundbreaking leadership initiative for women in science. I’m excited to be returning to Antarctica again as a Global Perspectives Guest Speaker for Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. I’ve had the honor of speaking at four TEDx conferences – my talk about the penguin rescue can be viewed on TED.com. Link is here: http://www.ted.com/talks/dyan_denapoli_the_great_penguin_rescue.

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ALSO FEATURED ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD FOR FEB. 14-20.

“BUCKLAND GAP,” BY CHARLES STANLEY WILTSHIRE.

The American “inner city” has not only spawned a host of social problems, but proven a rich source of books, movies and music. What we sometimes fail to realize is that this setting — and the people who deal with its challenges — is replicated in virtually every other industrialized country on the world map.

Like England, for instance, as Charles Wiltshire tells us in this book.

“With shades of Clockwork Orange and Trainspotting, new author Charlie Wiltshire gives an unflinching, and often times disturbing, account of life on one of England’s most difficult estates. From the details of ‘pulling gear’ to the politics of cancer, Buckland Gap asks if society can ever be saved. Even from itself.

“A can of lager, a cigarette and a well-placed scratch. Thus begins David’s day. Being a hard geezer on the Buckland estate ain’t easy, but David has the crown. He’s got the girls, sprogs, flash car and the meanest headbutt in Portsmouth. His days are filled with crime filled sprees to ensure his obese mother has her requisite fags, booze and curry. But even a thug like David has aspirations and his foray into drug-dealing is seen as a step-up. But through a serious of increasingly violent events, David’s kingdom erodes, unravels and culminates in an explosive finale.”

“A BETTER TRUTH,” BY VALERIE JOAN CONNORS.

A Better Truth is a psychological thriller whose central character struggles to recognize the difference between reality and hallucination, nightmare and memory.

When the frantic pace of her Washington, D.C. life becomes too much for her to bear, Willow St. Claire takes refuge in the North Georgia Mountains. She buys a bookstore, hoping to spend her days talking to customers about the latest releases, and her evenings in the quiet oasis of her mountain retreat. Alone in her cabin, two miles away from the nearest neighbor, Willow must learn to cope with the terror of her past, heal from the loss of her mother, and maintain a relationship with a teenaged daughter who refuses to leave D.C. where she lives with her father. But a knock at Willow’s kitchen door late one night, sets off a series of events that will shatter her newly found peace and tranquility, and threaten to trigger another breakdown. Willow has held tightly to her own version of the truth for over three decades, because for her, real truth is much too disturbing.


SNOWFLAKES NEWS

I received this e-mail last week from Brian Simpson, whose “Island Dogs” was the first book featured on Snowflakes in a Blizzard in May of 2015. He writes:

“‘Island Dogs’ has a new cover. It turns out that if you name a book  ‘Island Dogs’ and then put a dog on the cover, people strongly believe that the book is about dogs. With hind sight being 20/20 and all that, it now seems obvious. So what was there to do, but spend more money and fix it!”

I’m also going to my first ‘Meet the Author’ function. It’s me and three other authors. I’ll let you know how it goes. Or if you’re in the St Petersburg neighborhood on the 18th, stop on by. (The flyer was made before the new cover came out).

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