A Journal for Jordan

  • by Dana Canedy
  • Narrated by Bahni Turpin, Mirron Willis
  • 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This tender and moving work by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist is both a celebration of love and a devastating reminder of the human cost of the war in Iraq.In 2005, First Sgt. Charles Monroe King began to write what would become a 200-page journal for his son in the event that he did not return from the desert in Iraq. He was killed on October 14, 2006, only one month away from completing his tour of duty. His son, Jordan, was seven months old. A Journal For Jordon is both a father's letter to his son, a loving mixture of advice and autobiography and a mother's attempt to put those words into the context of her life and the love they shared.


What the Critics Say

"This tragic story of love and war reminds all Americans that we are fortunate to have people like Sgt. Charles King, willing to die for our country. Dana Canedy bears witness to the enduring power of love, to Sgt. King's heroism and his unfailing devotion to his family and his men." (Caroline Kennedy).
"This book is a living, breathing legacy. It's full of wonderful treasures offered by a unique and spirited father, whose loving words of wisdom to his infant son are a rite of passage that will transform us all. It is written with serene grace: part memoir, part love story, all heart." (James McBride, author of The Color of Water).
"Dana Canedy's moving memoir has captured my heart and won't let it go. Courageous in its honesty and at times unsettling, it draws us deep into the soul of a woman in love, the pain of her loss and the unpardonable theft of hopes and dreams, lives and futures stolen by war. With an exquisite voice, Canedy recounts moments of intense emotion that haunt us long after savoring the last lines. I didn't want it to end." (Susan L. Taylor, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Essence, and founder of the National CARES Mentoring Movement).


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- Minyon

A Great Book

I have never been one to read books but audio books are a great joy when you're listening to a moving and enjoyable book. I have listened to it twice and shared it with my sister and friend on my iPod. Both gave me their own five stars approval. We all enjoyed it!
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- Rosie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-30-2008
  • Publisher: Books on Tape