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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Lost and Found: Coming of Age in the Washington Press Corps by Ellen Hume is a stunning personal manifesto and commitment to making a difference where the odds are high. Ellen knows that as a woman, becoming a newspaper reporter in an industry dominated by men at the time is a daunting enterprise. But she is determined to succeed. In her memoir, she chronicles her journey and the challenges she faced while taking readers on a ride through some of the important moments she covered in reporting, including the White House, the attempted murder of President Ford, the presidential campaign of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and a lot more. As a reporter for the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal, she is set on holding politicians accountable.
This is a sterling memoir that is as informative and mind-boggling as it is entertaining. It is interesting to read about her commentaries on the intersection of news reporting and politics. She shares her journey while offering observations on the way that politicians and men in power manipulate the news. While this is a memoir that extensively covers the author's career as a journalist, it is also a story of finding and embracing her purpose. Readers will understand that it is not easy to pursue a fulfilling career while maintaining an equally satisfying personal life. Hume's journey is one of grit and, as readers follow her, they discover a character of unwavering commitment. When she meets the man who shares her dreams, she embraces a path to building her family. The romance enriches this memoir and adds depth. This book is about what journalism should entail, what it isn't, and the elements that conspire to shield the truth from the public. The theme of the pursuit of truth dominates and a towering figure of a woman emerges to hold a conversation with readers. It is just lovely.