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NOVEMBER 2012
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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
pancreatic cancer.
Diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer on his
birthday in 2007, Michael Lippe’s chances
of surviving until his book was published
were 2 percent. He defed these odds
and others, as he tells in this account of
his personal journey. From the medical
professional’s viewpoint, Dung T. Le gives
an in-depth view of pancreatic cancer
and treatment options. Her reasoned explanations help clarify
medical jargon and dispel intimidating preconceptions about
chemotherapy.
Tough it concerns the darkest of clouds, this joint creation
is somehow uplifting in its reminder of life’s many silver lin-
ings. Michael Lippe has chosen to give back to research after
his death and, while he continues his fght, to inspire others
with a message that is important at any stage of life: how to live.
Michael J. Lippe, a former USAID FSO, retired after 20 years
of service focused on local government issues, shelter for the
poor and corruption. Tis book is the product of an e-mail
he sent to his doctor, asking if she would like to co-author
the project. Dung T. Le is an oncologist at the Sidney Kimmel
Comprehensive Cancer Center at Te Johns Hopkins University
School of Medicine.
Drops of Remembrance
Juan M. Bracete, Vantage Press, 2012,
$10.95, paperback, 66 pages.
“Life is never easy or unequivocal.” Tis
notion embodies Juan Bracete’s memoir,
Drops of Remembrance
. It is a short and
sweet account of Bracete’s journey from
his homeland Puerto Rico to Georgetown
University and, later, into the professions
of U.S. immigration judge and Foreign Service ofcer, told
through memorable experiences.
Bracete uses his diplomatic experiences in Venezuela, Turkey
and El Salvador to draw life lessons, such as “Destiny plays tricks
on us” and “We sometimes feel boxed in, when probably we are
not.” After leaving the Foreign Service to settle in El Salvador,
his wife’s homeland, Bracete became ambassador extraordinary
and plenipotentiary of the sovereign Military Order of Malta to
that country, a position he held from 2001 until 2009, when he
resigned to return to America.
Juan Bracete, born and raised in Puerto Rico, has a private law
practice. He earned his B.A. fromGeorgetown University and J.D.
at the University of Puerto Rico. After working as a U.S. immigra-
tion judge, he spent six years in the Foreign Service. In his free
time he enjoys reading the works of Franz Kafka and Nassim
Taleb and is a philatelist.
My Healing Heart:
A Life Journey to Find Love
Rosalie B. Kahn, iUniverse, Inc., 2011,
$16.95, paperback, 256 pages.
Te Foreign Service takes diplomats across
countless boarders, leaving many things
behind—but, fortunately or unfortunately,
one’s past is not one of them. In this mem-
oir, Rosalie Kahn tells of her struggle with
the trials and tribulations of her past: from sexual and emotional
abuse to battle with a life-threatening illness. She documents her
spiritual journey through these trials.
Te story begins in childhood and continues through Kahn’s
26 years in the Foreign Service and, fnally, retirement. Her can-
did narrative, faith and palpable yearning for true love in life—
both self-love and spiritual love—gives this memoir an inspira-
tional and uplifting quality, as she fnally fnds happiness and joy.
A native of New York City, Rosalie Kahn joined the Foreign
Service in 1977 and served in Turkey, Pakistan and Germany,
among other postings. She now writes, practices healing work
and leads teachings in spiritual growth in Algarrobo, Chile, where
she resides with her husband, Guillermo Lopez.
Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest
to Go Over the Hill
M.G. Edwards, Brilliance Press, 2012,
$9.99, paperback, 209 pages.
Approaching middle age, sick and over-
weight, Mike Edwards was hardly in shape
to face the tallest mountain in Africa. But
armed with stubborn perseverance and
the desire to defy naysayers, he reaches for
the top in his attempt to tackle Kilimanjaro.
Te tale covers every aspect of the climb, from preparations
that included being dragged through aisles of clothing by his avid
shopper (and mountain climber) wife to eating a monotonous
vegetarian diet for fve days.
Once on the mountain, it doesn’t matter who you are. It’s just
you and the mountain. Luckily, Edwards had a kindhearted guide
and a well-planned expedition. But planning can only go so far
when subjecting yourself and your team to the ruthless elements