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Sweet Relief: The Marla Ruzicka Story

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  61 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Marla Ruzicka was a free spirit, a savvy political operator, a wartime Erin Brockovich. Fiercely determined to improve the lives of the less fortunate, the twenty-something blonde was instrumental in convincing the U.S. government to pass historic legislation aiding civilian victims of war.

Sweet Relief recounts Marla's journey from an idyllic childhood in a small Californ
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Gallery Books (first published 2006)
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Janel Chapman
Jan 10, 2013 Janel Chapman rated it it was amazing
I knew Marla from the time she was a baby. She was so spirited. Reading this book brought back good memories of an incredible young woman.
Aug 27, 2007 Chris rated it it was amazing
I picked this up ages ago, and after reading Babylon by Bus, where Marla is mentioned, it reminded me of this book and it seemed an appropriate time to finally start reading this. Got through the first couple chapters and I can't put it down. What a charismatic woman!
I've finished it now and WOW! What an amazing woman. She did so much to aid civilian casualties of war in Afganistan and Iraq. She was absolutely manic in her energy and charm and managed to do things no one else ever could simply
Aug 31, 2014 Hannah rated it it was amazing
This is a heartbreaking and inspiring story of a brave young woman who against all odds and numerous obstacles, made a significant impact on the lives of Iraqi and Afghan civilian victims of war and urged the US military to take responsibility for the inadvertent damage caused by war. Despite the fact that she was battling her own demons, she put her own problems, and frequently her health, aside to fight for justice for others. Her charismatic personality and relentless determination led to leg ...more
Aug 13, 2007 Cherie added it
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Jen told me this book changed her life, and it definitely is inspiration. It brought tears to my eyes; the story of a dedicated and manic young activist who died at age 28 (a year older than me) in Iraq. She did so much and was so unappreciated…Sad but a great book.
Apr 26, 2007 Carryl rated it liked it
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I read this book over the holidays and couldn't put it down. For such a young life, Marla sure did live a full life. She took risks and only wanted to help those in need. If we could all help those in need....

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Sep 20, 2007 Bilingual Librarian rated it really liked it
This girl's story is absolutely amazing and inspiring. Her mania comes across each page, in an unnerving, yet truly inspiring way. I admire her work, but was also reminded me that we can't keep helping once we're dead.
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Apr 09, 2016 Amy Perl rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book about an amazingly strong woman!
Nov 25, 2008 Melissa rated it it was amazing
A must read...REALLY!
Jul 15, 2009 Deborah rated it really liked it
I knew Marla, so maybe I'm biased, but read this book and you'll understand how one person can and does change the world.

Jan 03, 2015 Andrea rated it it was amazing
This book was really good. I think that anyone who like inspiring people should read this.
Apr 30, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it
Another great woman, as Rachel Corrie, that stood up for Palestinains having rights. Also dying for the cause and will not be forgotten.
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