Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Spirit of America Is Strong Where It Counts

Chicken Soup for the Soul reminds us what already makes our country great, with true, personal stories from real Americans

 We live in a great country, but we can forget that sometimes amid all the negativity of the election process. It’s time for an antidote! You’ll find that in this collection of 101 true, personal stories about the good old U.S.A. From apple pie and baseball, to our military heroes and first responders, from our vast and varied geography, to our can-do attitude and friendliness, these stories will remind you why you are proud to be an American.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Spirit of America (Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC; Amy Newmark; foreword by Lee Woodruff; June 7, 2016, 978-1-61159-960-2, $14.95) takes you on a journey across our beautiful nation, meeting our veterans, active service members and their families; revisiting the patriotism and unity of 9/11; showing you the ingenuity and positive attitude that we’re known for; displaying the diversity of our geography and our people; relating stories about our favorite American traditions; and introducing you to proud new citizens who remind us how lucky we are to live here—with our freedom to advance, to move, and to express ourselves. There’s even a whole chapter on the American flag, with inspiring stories about how much the red, white and blue means to us.

Local award-winning author Jackie Minniti's story is featured in The Spirit of America. Granddaughter of Italian immigrant, Minniti recalls how proud she was to become a citizen and vote in her first election. She dresses up every year to vote and recognized it as the privilege that it is. Minniti is a columnist for The Island Reporter in St. Petersburg, FL and is a previous contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

The book's author and Chicken Soup of the Soul's publisher Amy Newhart has traveled extensively including in third world countries and feels so privileged to live in the United States. She says in her own story in the book, “My ancestors could have moved somewhere else. But they moved here. And I get to be an American. It’s not something I take for granted.”
To learn more about the book and where to buy a copy, please visit

1 comment:

LINDA L. ZERN said...

Thanks for this review and recommendation. I'm always ready for good news. :)