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Strength Within: The Granger Chronicles
by Lee Ann Eckhardt Smith | Biographies & Memoirs
Registered by zizzr of Flint, Texas USA on 1/16/2006
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by zizzr): reserved


6 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by zizzr from Flint, Texas USA on Monday, January 16, 2006

9 out of 10

"The strength within that allows you to bend with circumstance is the same strength that keeps you from breaking."

It is with this in mind that the author details the saga of her family who flee rural Hungary in 1905 to a new land - The U.S. and then to Ontario, Canada.
It is one family's story, with unique adventures and secrets; yet they faced what many faced during one of history's most dynamic eras: the 19th and 20th centuries.

A very interesting perspective!

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Journal Entry 2 by zizzr from Flint, Texas USA on Monday, January 16, 2006

This book has not been rated.

This book is a second copy of mine, reserved for my first ever book ring. To be launched very soon!

Interested? Send me a PM! (I am trying to figure out the secrets of a successful ring! All hints accepted!)

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Journal Entry 3 by zizzr from Flint, Texas USA on Thursday, January 19, 2006

This book has not been rated.

This is my first book ring! Thanks for your interest! I hope that many will enjoy this book as I have.

Please journal as soon as this book arrives at your home. Read and enjoy it, -it shouldn't take you too long, so try to pass it on in 3 weeks. As you are finishing, please PM the next person on the list to obtain an address.

Please journal once you are finished with a review of the book. Mail it on to the next person waiting.

The list will follow as folks sign up.
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Journal Entry 4 by zizzr from Flint, Texas USA on Sunday, January 22, 2006

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And so the journey begins. The ring participants are: (mailing order subject to change as I try to honor mailing preferences)

jessibud-Canada-prefers mailing North America

sqdancer-Canada-prefers mailing in Canada or US

buffra-US-will ship anywhere

AnglersRest-UK-prefers UK or Europe, but will mail back to US surface mail.

RuAnderson-UK- will ship anywhere.

STILL OPEN..your name could go here!!

*back to zizzr* It is home!! May restart a ring!

 


Journal Entry 5 by zizzr at Mailed to another Bookcrossing member in N/A, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, January 26, 2006

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Released 11 yrs ago (1/26/2006 UTC) at Mailed to another Bookcrossing member in N/A, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

RELEASE NOTES:

Its on it's way north to the first stop on this open bookring. I wanted to get it moving, but will still take people who want to join.
Please journal when it arrives, read, enjoy, journal again with reviews, and then send it along to the next person.
Thanks for the interest.
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Journal Entry 6 by jessibud from Toronto, Ontario Canada on Monday, February 06, 2006

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This bookring is officially under way! It arrived today and I hope to be able to begin it by this weekend. I am just finishing up another book right now so the timing should work out alright.

Thanks for starting this ring, zizzr!

:-) 


Journal Entry 7 by jessibud from Toronto, Ontario Canada on Saturday, March 11, 2006

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I am officially on vacation as of today and should be able to finish this book this weekend. I am past the halfway mark and am enjoying it a lot. Genealogy has always interested me and this book not only shows just how much work and research the author has done, but it brings the characters alive for the reader. I am also very appreciative for the family tree charts; I find myself referring to them often, to keep the people and the timelines straight in my mind. And how wonderful to have so many photographs from so long ago!!

I've already PM'd sqdancer for address confirmation so I will be able to mail it off just as soon as I'm done. 


Journal Entry 8 by jessibud from Toronto, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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This book is now on its way to sqdancer, mailed this morning. I enjoyed the saga of the Granger family, all the stories of the individuals through the years and especially the way the two branches came together so serendipitously, after separating, so many years ago.

I am not so very convinced of the significance, or perhaps I should say, the accuracy, of handwriting analysis. I truly don't know anything about it so maybe my skepticism is based on ignorance more than anything else but it all seems just a bit too generic to me to be convincing. That said, however, I do understand that the desire to know as much as possible, without the benefit of any other sources of information, living or archival, would certainly justify turning to this area. I do appreciate that the author turned to an expert in the field, though, rather than try to interpret the writing samples herself.

I may try to seek out my own copy of this book to give to my cousin as I believe she would be quite interested. She has done a significant family tree on one of the branches of her family (the branch that includes me!). I'd love for her to get inspired enough to attempt to write a book, too!

Thanks, zizzr, for ringing this book and inviting me to be part of it!

 


Journal Entry 9 by sqdancer on Monday, March 27, 2006

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Looks very interesting. Thanks for letting me be a part of it's travels. I have a few bookrings ahead of it, but I will get it moving again as soon as I can.

 


Journal Entry 10 by sqdancer on Wednesday, April 26, 2006

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Interesting book. My SIL is interested in tracking the family history and has even made some connections with distant relatives back in the "old country". I will pass on the web site address for her to check out. www.grangerchronicles.com

Like jessibud, I am rather skeptical about handwriting analysis, so (to be honest) I just skimmed that part.

Will mail this book tomorrow.

 


Journal Entry 11 by buffra from Columbus, Ohio USA on Friday, May 19, 2006

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Caught! Thanks. 


Journal Entry 12 by buffra from Columbus, Ohio USA on Friday, July 07, 2006

This book has not been rated.

Got swamped with life-stuff. Didn't get to read it, but I've sent it on. Thanks anyway. 


Journal Entry 13 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Wednesday, July 12, 2006

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Arrived this morning as I am about to leave for work. Looking forward to reading and think I may ring jump this one shhh, don't tell anyone!!

 


Journal Entry 14 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Tuesday, July 18, 2006

10 out of 10

This book, I found to be a beautifully written, thought provoking and inspiring book. The family "story" has been told in such a way that I felt as though I was walking along side the author, as the book was bought to life with memories of relatives, photographs and further research. I especially liked that the footnotes appeared on the pages they pertained to.

I was intrigued by the details of Robert McSorley. Each individual has been wonderfully bought to life and the author's proudness of her relatives shines through. There is a sense of closure with the book in chapter 9, as the book draws to a close. I found the handwriting analysis of interest and it was a nice touch to such a book.

There is something rather special in seeing not only the name of an ancestor in print in an original document, but also on seeing a sample of their writing. I notices throughout the book that the author mentions that she has inherited items from her family home, the chair with some varnish marks missing, and the bucket of nails. They don't sound much, but there is something special, a kind of pull that makes you hold onto items from the family home. Even the incidental items. We all have our own bucket of nails that we treasure. In my case one of my most treasures items is an armchair, now residing in my study. It was my grandmother's and bears the marks on the end of the arms, where she would hold onto, to enable her to get up.

There is much in the book that reflects many issues of any immigrant family or individual. I have a particular interest, not only in genealogy, but also in my Italian ancestry. Although my own Italian line, didn't leave Sicily for England until the 1950s, a branch did leave the rural community of Sutera in Sicily and migrated to the US in the early 1900s. The hardship, heartache and courage of previous generations should be forgotten and this book echo's those sentiments.

I had been looking forward to reading this book since I signed up for the book ring. In the meanwhile, I located the author's web page. The book didn't disappoint. Without Book Crossing I would not have come across this book, so thanks, not only go to the author, for a great book,clearly written from the heart and making it to my top 10 for the year. They also go to Book Crossing and the Book Crosser that shared the book. I'm going to order one for my permanent collection.

As soon as I have the address for zizzr, the book will be winging its way across the Atlantic. Thanks for sharing.

The Author's website is HERE 


Journal Entry 15 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Wednesday, July 26, 2006

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Just heard from the ring owner that RuAnderson wishes to read this book, so will be in the post in the next day or so. I shall be sorry to see the book travel on, it was a lovely book and I really must get organised and buy my own copy.

Thanks once again for sharing. 


Journal Entry 16 by RuAnderson from Stevenage, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 06, 2006

6 out of 10

Recieved from Anglers rest some time ago and Im now almost finished - will contact next person in ring for thier address.
Interesting but not riviting. 


Journal Entry 17 by RuAnderson from Stevenage, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Thursday, October 26, 2006

6 out of 10

Found this a little hard going at times but idea is great and its a great reminder of the harshness of life for most in the US and Canada during the first half of the 20thcentury. Not to mention why so many took the risk to emigrate during the 1800rds. Many thanks for this - this isnt the sort of book you get in borders!

Will PM zizzr for address. 


Journal Entry 18 by zizzr from Flint, Texas USA on Friday, November 17, 2006

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This special book has returned home, after being read and enjoyed. I hope to re-start a book ring with it if the interest is there.
Very nice to have it read by others all over, and read the wonderful entries from the ring participants.
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