Half of it is autobiography and half of it is specifically about Hurricane Katrina and Haiti. To view it, I usually like to finish a book before I give a review. If you're looking for a book about race relations in the media, it's worth a read. They have four children: two daughters, Sofia October 2000 and Cecilia March 2002 , and twin sons Charles and Jackson August 2004. I did get more interested in her work life. At the beginning of the book, I didn't find her personal life or upbringing very interesting.
Soledad has paid it forward, cares deeply about the disenfranchised, and brings her unique personal experience to whatever story she may be covering. In my opinion, every person will be greatly enriched by reading this text. Archived from on 28 August 2013. The book does have some interesting vignettes about interviewees who have had a profound affect on her personal life and view of race. In 2005, she covered the aftermath of in , where she interviewed then head of the. I did not care for her encouragement. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text.
For Soledad, an attractive and inspiring young woman of mixed race, who is compelled to speak her mind as a journalist and television reporter, success is living her life in perpetual motion, inspiring others to care deeply about one another, and revealing truths in her caring manner. Could be a good book club read, if your group has had enough Oprah Picks. She admits that she did not have to face many of the systemic setbacks most people of color do yet felt compelled to provide encouragement. During that time she contributed reports for the weekday and for weekend editions of. If Soledad realizes that no one could speak to her Abuelita at the nursing home, why didn't she do anything??? Every day my father would offer my mother a ride.
This book purports to be a memoir of her career, and it is that. As a reporter, she should understand that each story has two sides, and that she needs to start getting the story from the other side so readers can better understand the situation. Her endless quest as a reporter is to tell the stories of the victims, to put a face on the disasters that make headlines around the world. I bought the hardback copy and enjoyed every page. But it is also her commentary on American culture, politics and society through the lens of several major stories she covered.
The descriptions of her childhood and education is hard to step into because her use of staccato sentences are devoid of any personality as an author. Overall, O'Brien's writing is disjointed. Archived from on 3 December 2013. Her firsthand account of covering stories from Hurricane Katrina to the Haitian earthquake pack an emotional punch and also taught me a lot about the life of a reporter on the front lines of disasters. Yes, I get it, it was sad to see someone not care about the kid who had died.
He had not known I was black! So, the couple moved to New York where they integrated a lily-white community on the North Shore of Long Island. I look at this totally healthy, good-looking, privileged kid and just don't get it. She doesn't write with any considerable depth, almost like she is very cautious about diving deep into her own story. Her account of covering Katrina, for example, was compelling for the human element, but it was also an explicit condemnation of our failure as a society to adequately respond to the needs of the people caught up in the disaster. When we talk about a 'big story,' we're really talking about what resonates with people, what matters to them.
Some of stories she has covered are powerful and dramatic, including Hurricane Katrina and particularly the earthquake in Haiti. The writing is seamless and she does a phenomenal job of capturing the moments, and her perspective, while telling the story, as it unfolds. In the book, the author seems to not be able to relate to anything other than latinos and blacks. It wasn't a bad book -- a book group choice -- but I probably wouldn't have chosen to read it otherwise. Her family itself is not poor either. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading.
I pre-ordered, received and read this book in 2-days. Soledad is offended by this but doesn't say anything, she stews for weeks angry that she didn't tell the man he was wrong. This ghosted book reads like a local television newscast: breathless, present tense, personalized. I have a grandmother who also does not speak English who I am personally close to. She has shown that anything is possible. Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien.
What emerges is both an inspiring message of hope and a glimpse into the heart and soul of one of America's most straight-talking reporters. The stories of growing up biracial and multi-ethnic is that a word? While I have tremendous respect for Soledad O'Brien as a journalist, her writing style leaves much to be desired and this book was a painful read. And it's how we make sense of our world. To see Soledad talking over and over throughout the book about the importance of family in latino homes, I wanted to flip tables at this point. The newly wedded O'Briens then moved to , to the town of. I respect and admire Soledad O'Brien for her work as a journalist.
However, besides the Hurricane Katrina episode, I wasn't particularly interested in her story. Archived from on 10 December 2010. The sentences were usually short and simple, which, for me, made the reading seem choppy. Her account of covering Katrina, for example, was compelling for the human element, but it was also an explicit cond I respect and admire Soledad O'Brien for her work as a journalist. Much of her story is interesting, but I have to admit I didn't finish it. Soledad is obviously a talented writer- her writing is really good yet her voice truly bothered me on every page.