His young dreams were nearly derailed, however, by the arrival of a totalitarian communist government. At twenty, his world like that of many other Cubans began to crumble around him, and his life and his ambitions were interrupted. Frustrated and disenchanted with the Cuban revolution, he immigrated to the United States at twenty-two to begin a new life. It was a daily struggle to adapt to a new culture, language, and way of life.
Waldo did adapt, though; he went on to achieve personal, professional, and academic success in his adopted new home. Dr. Lopez-Aqueres exemplifies how the power of the human spirit can rise above adversity and how anyone with dedication, perseverance, and willpower can attain a meaningful and gratifying life.
This is the story of his American dream come true, shared in intimate and inspirational detail.
Douglass Horstman, the grandson of Henry Horstman, draws on memories and historical accounts as he chronicles his grandfathers fascinating lebengeschichte (life story) while also highlighting the carnage on the rails that devastated the lives of thousands of railroad workers and their families during a time when railroad corruption was rampant. As a youth in Germany, Henry was faced with the possibility of conscription into the Prussian Army but chose instead to follow the example of his uncle, a lokomotivfuhrer (engineer) in America. The author pieces together a captivating story that follows Henry from his Prussian youth to his first steps onto American soil and his fateful job on a railroad in upstate New York.
At a time when thousands of trainmen were being killed or injured, Henry Horstman displayed insurmountable determination and courage, turning his journey through life and on the rails into an inspiring biography.
Could the choices a five-year-old boy made set in motion forces that would deliver him from a desperate fate in Cape Verde to a life rich in promise in Boston? UNBROKEN BOY: A MEMOIR OF HOPE AND SURVIVAL is the story of a child who transformed pain, deprivation, and loneliness into a quest to claim the joys of life. Despite constantly running into obstacles and life-threatening situations, he used his strength, self-motivation, indomitable spirit, and courage to overcome those obstacles and become successful.
One man kills another after neither will move his pickup truck from the road. A female sheriff in a flooded town attempts to cover up a murder. When a farmer harvesting a field accidentally runs over his son, his grief sets him off walking, mile after mile. A band of teens bent on destruction runs amok in a deserted town at night. As these men and women lash out at the inscrutable churn of the world around them, they find a grim measure of peace in their solitude.
Throughout Volt, Alan Heathcock's stark realism is leavened by a lyric energy that matches the brutality of the surface. And as you move through the wind-lashed landscape of these stories, faint signs of hope appear underfoot. In Volt, the work of a writer who's hell-bent on wrenching out whatever beauty this savage world has to offer, Heathcock's tales of lives set afire light up the sky like signal flares touched off in a moment of desperation.