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Love Letters to the South: Messages of Hope and Healing from the Worlds Best-Loved Celebrities [Hardcover]

Paul Alexander
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Aug. 21 2006

No amount of rain can drown the music of New Orleans says actress Helena Bonham Carter. When powerful hurricane winds tore through the Gulf Coast in 2005 leaving hundreds of thousands homeless, tens of thousands injured and countless others without parents, children, siblings and friends, the world stood in awe. There is no question that we will dance again in Dixieland, as singer and actor Justin Timberlake put it, but when that will happen still remains to be seen.

What Americans, and those around the world knew instinctively was that the rebuilding efforts would take years, and the critical funds and resources necessary to ensure that the displaced would find their way back home would be provided by a variety of charitable initiatives, organizations and ordinary citizens who simply couldnt stand by idly.

Love Letters to the South, a one-of-a-kind photography book, is our attempt along with the worlds best-loved celebrities, to pay tribute to all those affected by the devastating hurricanes of 2005. Their messages of hope, faith, and courage are heartfelt and deeply personal and capture the spirit of humanity in the wake of unforeseen catastrophe.


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The extraordinary Paul Alexander's effervescent personality and skill behind the lens has earned him a reputation as a photographer's photographer. Over the past 20 years, Paul has honed his craft with a keen understanding of the subtle nuances in each of his subjects' physical being and personality, and captured those insights in his photography. This remarkable ability, his sense of time and easygoing nature, has given him entrée into the worlds of film, television, music, politics and fashion having shot such famous faces as Tina Turner, Destiny's Child, Coldplay, Samuel L. Jackson, Quincy Jones, Al Gore, D-Squared, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Tony Bennett and Avril Lavigne to name but a few. His highly acclaimed exhibition entitled "One Night Stand," opened L'Oreal Canadian Fashion Week this past March. Paul travels the world looking for inspiration, however, makes home, close to his family in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great !!! Sept. 24 2006
By Steven R. McEvoy HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Some books defy almost all categories. This is definitely one of those books. It is a book of hope, dreams, encouragement and support, for those who lost so much in Hurricane Katrina. This book is the brainchild of Naomi Strasser who, along with photographer friend Paul Alexander, decided to create art that would help in some small way to heal.

Alexander donated his time in photographing celebrities from around the world and from different strata of society. Many others contributed to the work, from the stylists working with the celebrities, to Ryan Priest doing the design and layout. This book was the work of the generosity of many, many people who all championed it and gave of their time and talents to make it happen.

The book is a collection of 71 unique portraits of celebrities, from Johnny Depp, Kelly Hu, and Coldplay, to Viggo Mortensen, Helen Bonham Carter and so many more. Accompanying each portrait is a letter, or encouragement note, to encourage the giving to continue. And it is for those who are far from home now, that they should keep hoping and dreaming of their return. Interspersed with photos of the actual devastation from Katrina, these notes provide hope, encouragement and support.

From Johnny Depp who writes "Help and Keep Helping", to Helen Bonham Carter stating "No amount of rain can drown the music of New Orleans", the words will challenge us to appreciate what we have and to help those less fortunate than we find ourselves to be.

The publisher, Naked Ink Press, is doing their part as well; they have committed to give at least $25,000 US dollars to both the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and to Habitat for Humanity's Operation Home Delivery. That is $2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great !!! Sept. 24 2006
By Steven R. McEvoy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Some books defy almost all categories. This is definitely one of those books. It is a book of hope, dreams, encouragement and support, for those who lost so much in Hurricane Katrina. This book is the brainchild of Naomi Strasser who, along with photographer friend Paul Alexander, decided to create art that would help in some small way to heal.

Alexander donated his time in photographing celebrities from around the world and from different strata of society. Many others contributed to the work, from the stylists working with the celebrities, to Ryan Priest doing the design and layout. This book was the work of the generosity of many, many people who all championed it and gave of their time and talents to make it happen.

The book is a collection of 71 unique portraits of celebrities, from Johnny Depp, Kelly Hu, and Coldplay, to Viggo Mortensen, Helen Bonham Carter and so many more. Accompanying each portrait is a letter, or encouragement note, to encourage the giving to continue. And it is for those who are far from home now, that they should keep hoping and dreaming of their return. Interspersed with photos of the actual devastation from Katrina, these notes provide hope, encouragement and support.

From Johnny Depp who writes "Help and Keep Helping", to Helen Bonham Carter stating "No amount of rain can drown the music of New Orleans", the words will challenge us to appreciate what we have and to help those less fortunate than we find ourselves to be.

The publisher, Naked Ink Press, is doing their part as well; they have committed to give at least $25,000 US dollars to both the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and to Habitat for Humanity's Operation Home Delivery. That is $2.50 from each book, sold for a minimum of $25,000 each more depending on sales.

Shawn Ashmore states: "She beat you, but she didn't break you!! Stay strong!!" Picking up this book, either for yourself or for others as a gift, will help to make those words come true. So along with Kevin Bacon we will say "Thinking of U."

It may be trite, but giving this book as a gift, will be a gift that keeps on giving.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope and Healing, indeed Nov. 9 2006
By Janet M. Patterson RN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Gentle and not so gentle reminders of what happened, what's been done, and what needs doing abound in this book. Each person's eyes tells me that they're not doing this as a pretty face, but as a witness. Let us each witness in our own way that what happened in New Orleans, in Florida, in Texas, could happen to us, to anyone we love, and let us witness, too, how we can each, in our own way, support, care for, and aid each other and ourselves in time of need.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind photos Jan. 2 2011
By R. Savoia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is lovely book dedicated to the people who were affected by Katrina. A true collector's item from a traumatic time in history, celebrities come together in this book to display personal dedications that inspire and communicate deep thoughts of the time.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Forget Nov. 14 2006
By G. Giusti - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Emotions and Words expressed in this book were heartfelt and real.

A great book of rememberance and may we never forget.
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