Book Review

Book Review


From Triumph To Tragedy And Back Again

By Jerri Lange




From the moment you first meet Darnell Cookson, you are taken in by his honesty, integrity and pledge to change his life.

What you cannot believe is that the author, DORIS MANGRUM has written a "fictionalized story that feels very real". She tells you so in the Introduction.

She also has fictionalized the entire family and all of the characters you will meet along the way.

Your first meeting with Darnell is "real", and remains so throughout the book. I could almost see a young man with a tape recorder telling the story of his life. The authenticity grabs you. This gift did not come easy. Doris Mangrum has spent more than 25 years teaching and meeting with incarcerated young people and their families, so she knows whereof she speaks. This is their story. You will walk in the shoes of these fictional families and begin to understand the real story of the incarcerated in this country.

It is also the story of the returning heroes of our Armed Services who have to readjust to the difficult task of trying to fit into the family and community upon return from active duty. Their experiences are painfully real as the reader begins to understand what the price of War costs to those who serve their Country.

Doris Mangrum is a gifted storyteller. I look forward to her next book!

After the Bungy Jump Reviews

After the Bungy Jump, There's Still A Lot of Jerking Goin' On" is Doris' first novel. She has compiled a companion workbook and facilitator's guide to be used for family training for those who have been separated (i.e., military, incarceration, working in and living apart from family)

Here's what people are saying about 'Bungy Jump'

"It was fascinating reading, engaging and informative. The literary style you use is brilliant. The characters jumped off the page into a part of my mind that I could not extract from while reading."

Nathaniel Bracey
Executive Director and COO
The Leon Sullivan Charitable trust
Philadelphia, PA

"I couldn't put the book down, the characters are so real. I didn't want to stop. I loved it."

Genette Sidney
Early Childhood Education Specialist

After reading Doris I Mangrum's novel, "After the Bungy Jump, There's Still a Lot of Jerking Goin' On," I must say that I enjoyed the novel a great deal. I was impressed with her use of language, which clearly shows that she did not write for a specific audience, but for everyday people. Also, her topic doesn't relate to a specific class of people, but all classes of people, myself included. Academically, her novel fits into several categories that can be used in the college or high school classrooms such as; humanities, Sociology and English. I, myself will be using her novel in my upcoming English class at our local college. Furthermore, I encourage my colleagues to do the same. The novel is all so inspiring and guaranteed to captivate and hold the attention of any student. I can't sing enough praises for this awe-inspiring novel. I am looking forward to reading more from this new and upcoming writer.

Dr. Glenn Willis