BOOK SUMMARY This book was written to tell the life story of my mother Sophie. It covers 103 years beginning in Poland and ending in America. It discusses the traumas and hardships she experienced as a youth; the struggle she initially encountered in America; how opportunity together with a strong work ethic were the primary reasons for her success in business; and how sacrifice, perseverance and a positive attitude changed her life. The Florida chapter includes a number of interesting and humorous stories describing how she was finally able to enjoy a full and happy lifestyle.
AUTHOR BOOK BIOGRAPHY Joseph R. Simon is a retired CPA currently residing in Fort Myers, Florida. Prior to his retirement he lived in Albany, New York and was a Partner in the International Accounting Firm PriceWaterhouse Coopers. He also was an adjunct part-time lecturer in the Business Department at the University of Albany. He continued working full time in Albany as Director of Internal Audit at the New York State Department of Taxation to be near his mother while she was a resident in a long term facility there. This is his first book written from notes in a diary left by his mother and from information obtained by interviewing her during the many visits with her.
Many of the stories just made me laugh, while others made me cry! What a wonderful woman and life Sophie had. The author told the stories so they came alive while you read them.