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A Million Thanks
and Other Terrific Spring Reads ...
Book Review

HIGHLY NOTABLE:    Back in March of 2004, Shauna Fleming, then a high school freshman from Orange, California spoke in front of her 1,1000 schoolmates.

Her message was clear: "We have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of military men and women by thanking them for putting themselves  on the line and sacrificing for us every day."

Those words were the trigger for the "A Million Thanks" campaign.

Now there is the book "A Million Thanks: My Campaign to Send One Million Letters to Our Troops" by Shauna Fleming with L.A. Stamford (Doubleday, $14.95, 128 pages). This is an important book, a book for all Americans a book to savor.
Replete with heart felt sentiments, with reproductions of nearly 50 of Shauna's personal favorite letters, "A Millions Thanks" also has a 32 page color insert with all matter of memorable moving images related to the subject even including one from the dogs "Honey Bear" and "Muffin."

The book also details how Shauna's life has changed, what she has learned from her campaign, what experiences she has had including a presentation to President Bush at the Oval Office on November 17, 2004 of the one millionth letter. "Meeting the President was awesome," said Shauna. 

The war in Iraq has its supporters and detractors. But one thing we can agree on is the need to support our troops, to honor those of today and yesterday. "A Million Thanks" does that - big time!  What Shauna Fleming has accomplished is admirable. So is her book. 

A host of highly interesting and perfect for coffee table placement     are yours for the getting and enjoying - all from Abrams Publishers.

"The Sea: Exploring Life on an Ocean Planet" by Philip Plisson (Abrams, $14.95, 80 pages) captivating text and colorful images document sea-faring cultures, mammals and birds. You will truly appreciate this beautifully laid out, clearly written book - even if you are not a lover of the sea.

"Roses" by Peter Harkness  (Abrams, $16.95, 336 pages) is a love of a book created from the Archives of the Royal Horticultural Society. There is so much here to savor - you can almost smell the roses. And those illustrations are worth the price of admission.

A companion work is "Orchids" by Mark Griffiths (Abrams, $16.95, 336 pages) another love of a book created from the Archives of the Royal Horticultural Society. This is the ultimate source for those with an interest in this gorgeous and most captivating of flowers.

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About the Authors:  Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in Miami. They teach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.

They are also travel writers who specialize in luxury properties and fine dining as well as cultural history and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. More about these authors.

You can contact the Frommers at: 

Email: myrna.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
Email: harvey.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU

This Article is Copyright 1995 - 2012 by Harvey and Myrna Frommer.  All rights reserved worldwide.


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