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Family History Book is an Official Entry at this Year’s New York Library Association Book Exhibit

In anticipation of the prestigious New York Library Association Book Exhibit, leading self-publisher Xlibris announced today the availability of Beating the Odds: A Story of Survival, an engaging book of family history authored by Isaac Crawford Jr.

Beating the Odds is a comprehensive examination of the author’s family tree, beginning with the earliest traceable ancestor – Caroline Crawford who was born in Virginia in 1834. In the 1870 U.S. Census, she was recorded as a thirty-six-year-old mother of seven children. According to family legend, the father of her children was a full-blooded Indian with no name to trace. In all probability, she was a former slave in the household of Oliver and Delina Crawford, who provided land for her family after emancipation while she continued being their housekeeper.

On the Maternal side of the family are the Wrights, whose matriarch, Martha Sloane, was born a slave in Virginia. Readers will learn that Virginia was the birthplace of slavery in the 1600s and over a couple of hundred years, many large plantations developed harboring hundreds of slaves and breaking up families by selling and shipping spouses and offspring to other parts of the country. In addition, the owners, their family members, or overseers of the plantation sired many of these offspring. Martha was one of them; the result of the union of her mother, a house servant, and the Irish overseer from St. Louis, Missouri, in 1830.

This book is composed of three generations of memories to portray the strength of the people who were before. Through its pages, Crawford unmasks the faces of those who deserve recognition for contributing to the genes he has today. Through this story, he is able to take readers to the forgotten time surrounding the Civil War.

Beating the Odds: A Story of Survival will be featured at the New York Library Association Book Exhibit which will be held in Saratoga Springs, NY on November 2-5, 2010. Readers who wish to order a copy of this book are encouraged to visit, call toll free (888) 795-4274, or send email to orders(at)xlibris(dot)com today.

About the Author
Isaac Crawford Jr. was born in Normal, Illinois, on June 25, 1924 to Martha Jane Wright and Isaac Crawford Sr. who went back and forth over the early years between Illinois and her home in Mobile County, Alabama. Three of the seven children were born in Illinois, three in Alabama, and the last one in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the final family home site.

Crawford is a graduate of Tuskegee Institute, now Tuskegee University, with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant Management. Between his sophomore and junior years in college, he served for three years in the US Navy as ship's cook. This was during World War II. He married Rosemary Persip, a native of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on August 24, 1947. They have two children, four grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. He worked for nineteen years as a chef and caterer at Williams College, resorts, and a gourmet restaurant. With a Masters Degree in Education, he went into teaching science as a substitute at Wahconah Regional High School. Aside from this, he taught English and Geography at Cheshire Elementary. He was also once a Related Theory instructor and department chairman in Culinary Arts for twenty-one years at McCann Technical School. Crawford became involved in many Church and community activities which increased after his retirement; volunteered for eleven years at the Silvio Conte National Archives Research Center; spent nineteen years at Dalton Community Television; recorded for the Blind and dyslexic, RSVP, etc. An avid golfer, he has been a member of the Wahconah Country Club for forty-eight years and bowls in two leagues at Kens Bowl. He also became a master gardener and participates in many activities related thereto.

Beating the Odds: A Story of Survival * by Isaac Crawford Jr.
Publication Date: May 27, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 158 pages; 978-1-4500-2385-6
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 158 pages; 978-1-4500-2386-3

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.

For more information on self-publishing or marketing with Xlibris, visit To receive a free publishing guide, please call (888) 795-4274.

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