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Local Author Spotlight

In an effort to support authors from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, many self-published, Book Buzz periodically spotlights their books and offers information on where to purchase them. Local authors are encouraged to submit brief summaries of their books, a sentence or two about themselves and details on where the books may be purchased. Email information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

‘A Complete Guide to Public Speaking: Skills & Software Tools for Business/Technical Presentations’

(Outskirts Press, 2nd ed., 2014)

By Joe Grippo

The first edition of “A Complete Guide to Public Speaking,” published in 2009, won a Readers Favorite Silver Medal for Non-Fiction. Since then, many new software tools for enhancing presentation visual aids have hit the market and are discussed in the new edition.

Regardless of profession, whether business, science, engineering or government, communicating in front of others is useful and becomes even more of a necessity as one progresses in an organization.

The book addresses topics such as ancient human versions of Facebook and Twitter, the evolution of verbal and written communications, factors to consider before designing a presentation, winning over an audience, opening and closing techniques, developing each part of a speech, taking the terror out of public speaking, deadly mistakes to avoid, the pros and cons of using visual aids, how to avoid “brain death” when speaking and more.

Featured tips include the use of humor, awareness of the role that eyes and gestures play, verbal and body language, strong words to use and weak words to avoid, speaking speed and pauses, strategies for handling hostile questions and audience members, security blankets to avoid and making presentations to a boss and management.

The author uses his education, 35 years of management consulting and executive management experience, and research on public speaking to present a guide for presentations in any setting.

Grippo has been a Los Altos resident for 50 years.

To purchase “A Complete Guide to Public Speaking,” visit Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com.

‘Canton Elegy: A Father’s Letter of Sacrifice, Survival and Love’

(Watkins Publishing, 2013)

By Stephen Jin-Nom Lee and Howard Webster

Set against the backdrop of events that shaped China in the 20th century – the Chinese Civil War, World War II, the Japanese invasion of China and the Cultural Revolution – the memoir “Canton Elegy” is a love story, an adventure tale and an intimate portrait of a family bound together by love as they struggle to survive against all odds.

With his wife, Belle, and their four young children, Stephen Jin-Nom Lee braves famine and flood, corruption and the devastation of war to make a home and a life for his family. He wrote the book so that his children would understand their history and remember their father’s love. He puts his desire simply: “I want my heart to have a voice, so I can love you louder.”

The author was born in Canton, China, and sent to live with relatives in San Francisco as a teenager, leaving his mother in the village in China. Lee earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from UC Berkeley in 1926, one of the first Chinese-Americans to receive a degree. The widespread racism at that time prevented Lee from finding a job in finance, so he returned to China and became comptroller of the Chinese Air Force, worked as a banker and immigrated to California in 1956. His story reads like a history book that records the experiences of many early immigrants who came to the U.S. to achieve a better future and opportunity for future generations.

Lee is the father of Los Altos resident Huey Lee. His grandchildren have also settled in Los Altos, and his great-grandchildren attend Bullis Charter School.

To purchase “Canton Elegy,” visit Amazon.com.

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