OFF THE RADAR: A Father’s Secret, A Mother’s Heroism, and A Son’s Quest

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“Copeland . . . explores the mystery surrounding his father’s controversial persecution in revolutionary-era Iran.  The author attempts to reclaim his family’s pre-revolutionary past and uncover the mysterious life and death of his father, American Max Copeland, who was married to (and eventually represented by) the first female lawyer of the Islamic Republic. . . .  [A]n engaging narrative that highlights his family’s resilience in the face of challenging, unforeseen political circumstances.  Along the way, the author’s personal immersion in his family’s history helps him come to terms with his Iranian heritage and allows him to build a much-needed figurative bridge between two very different but equally misunderstood cultures.  Both a gripping personal story and an insightful historical-cultural study.”— Kirkus Reviews
“An expansive and eloquent memoir that reads like a real-life spy novel … There are lessons both personal and political in the legacy of strife [Copeland] inherits, and Off the Radar explores both with pitch-perfect tone and deep emotion.” —Booklist
“A Must Read!” — New York Post
“Copeland’s book traces a personal, emotional, and ultimately satisfying journey of a son trying to discover who his father really was. Using journals, interviews with his father’s friends and former coworkers, and frank discussions with his mother, the author here puts the pieces together to find out if his father was a CIA agent in Iran during the revolution in the late 1970s. Born in Oklahoma, Max Copeland toured the world at a young age, married Shahin, an Iranian woman, converted to Islam, and moved the family to Iran to eventually become an employee of Westinghouse. Things turn as Max is accused of being a CIA spy and is put on trial for his life. The author weaves a tale full of uncertainty, tension, and drama. The character that shines the most is Shahin, who fights with all of her strength, intelligence, and will as she tries to save her husband and family, not knowing for sure if he is truly a spy or not. VERDICT: This brilliant, touching tale of espionage, discovering family, and balancing cultures is recommended for fans of memoirs, spy stories, and Iranian culture.” –Library Journal (starred review)

FAREWELL, GODSPEED: The Greatest Eulogies of Our Times

farewell-godspeed“Eulogies as love stories? They most certainly are. This is an extraordinary collection of 64 good-byes to the famous…”The Boston Globe 

 

“Farewell, Godspeed includes the best of the best from the tear-jerkingly wistful to the stirringly profound to the frequently humorous.”  Chicago Sun Times 

 

“Copeland describes eulogies as ‘a bridge between the living and the dead.’ It’s an ambitious definition that his book meets. If anyone doubts that death can be an uplifting occasion, these tributes put those doubts to rest.” — New York Times: A great read!” — USA TODAY

 

“It is impossible to read these tributes without feeling immense pride… and without weeping, a nourishing experience of humility.” — The Baltimore Sun
“A fascinating collection of memorial remarks about 50 well-known figures.”The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

 

“Copeland has compiled 64 memorials to larger-than-life individuals, written by eulogizers who are equally unforgettable…” — The Philadelphia Inquirer

 

A WONDERFUL LIFE: 50 Eulogies to Lift the Spirit
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The lives of the world’s greatest contributors to arts, politics, sports, and letters are celebrted with wit, humor, and reverence by their equally famous friends,
relatives, and peers.Here are fifty eulogies, fond remembrances of the twentieth century’s best and brightest.  In these moving and personal tributes, we see the true personalities of these fifty remarkable people, shadings of character usually hidden from the spotlight.