"You feel you are watching a live recording of Linda's life as she struggles, [dealing] honestly with childhood molestation, rape, alcoholism, a lifelong addiction, and then living and dying with HIV/AIDS."

-- Kathy Tummillo, veteran HIV/AIDS nurse practitioner, formerly of Saint Francis Care, Hartford, Connecticut

"Tina's engrossing narrative will leave readers at once wrung out and inspired. Tina, too, has done the Lord's work by making Linda continue to live within the pages of this awe-inspiring book."

-- Liz Petry, author, Can Anything Beat White? A Black Family's Letters

"Veteran journalist Tina A. Brown elevates Jordan's true-life tale above the narrow confines of a now wearying stream of media headlines to give those who care a blueprint for action. Tina also challenges those who mimic Jordan's self-sabotaging ways to do what they must to move themselves out of the line of fire."

– Katti Gray, independent journalist

"The struggles are real and written to capture your every sense. I highly recommend this book, especially to anyone who has had a friend or family member dealing with drugs and/or AIDS."

-- Jolie A. Brown, a Connecticut educator and professional singer.

"Crooked Road Straight puts a human face on the complex story behind growing up in poverty, heroin addiction and HIV. Tina A. Brown writes a spell binding account of Linda Jordan … [giving] us insight into Jordan's case history and treatment as a welfare client and an addict. Linda Jordan struggles to survive and raise a family. Tina Brown allows us to walk in Linda's shoes. A remarkable book about survival, recovery and action."

--Jeffrey Baver, Amazon.com book buyer-reviewer.