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The Book La Dolce Vita An American Childhood In Rome in the 60 s
The Author Douglas Ritter
The Publisher
Release Date
ISBN 9780557311972
Language English, Spanish, And French
The Book Pagan Time
The Author Micah Perks
The Publisher Counterpoint Press
Release Date2012-06-01
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Pages 176
ISBN 9781619020955
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: With little more than a run-down Jeep and their newborn baby in tow, author Micah Perks' parents set out in 1963 to build a school and a utopian community in the mountains. The school would become known as a place to send teens with drug addictions and emotional problems, children with whom Micah and her sister would grow up. This complex memoir mixes a moving celebration of the utopian spirit and its desire for community and freedom with a lacerating critique of the consequences of those desires — especially for the children involved. How could the campaign for a perfect home and family create such confusion and destruction? The '60s, for many, became a laboratory of hope and chaos, as young idealists tested the limits of possibility. Micah Perks has cast her unflinching and precise eye on her own history and has illuminated not only those years of her childhood, but a wide-open moment that marked our culture for all time.

The Book An American Childhood
The Author Annie Dillard
The Publisher Canongate Books
Release Date2016-04-07
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Pages 272
ISBN 9781782117766
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: An American Childhood is the electrifying memoir of the wide-eyed and unconventional upbringing that influenced the lifetime love of nature and the stunning writing career of Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Dillard. From her mother's boundless energy to her father's low-budget horror movies, jokes and lonesome river trips down to New Orleans to get away, the events of Dillard's 1950s Pittsburgh childhood loom larger than life. An American Childhood fizzes with the playful observations and sparkling prose of this American master, illuminating the seemingly ordinary and yet always thrilling, dizzying moments of a childhood and adolescence lived fearlessly.

The Book After the War Was Over
The Author David Garnes
The Publisher iUniverse
Release Date2002-07
Genre Poetry
Pages 116
ISBN 9780595237562
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: The poems in After the War Was Over depict a boy's childhood in post-World War II America. Focusing on everyday events, the author creates a world lived through the perceptions, observations and remembrances of a child. Holidays, family members, pets, food, toys, world events, death, books and movies Incidents, relationships and experiences both mundane and profound are portrayed in a way that defines both the child and the era in which he was growing up.Several poems also explore the nature of these events as they are recollected in maturity, where they have become part of the fabric of an entire life. Memory thus serves to give new meaning to the adult the boy has become, as well as providing ongoing joy in the act of remembering.Readers of a certain age will identify with the world of a child growing up in the 1940s. Readers of all ages will relate to the inner life of the narrator as he experiences life as it was and as he remembers it.

The Book An Un American Childhood
The Author Ann Kimmage
The Publisher University of Georgia Press
Release Date1998-10-01
Genre History
Pages 288
ISBN 0820320781
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: This is the story of a young woman's secret life behind the Iron Curtain.

The Book The Seventeen Traditions
The Author Ralph Nader
The Publisher Harper Collins
Release Date2009-10-13
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Pages 160
ISBN 9780061736759
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: “The Seventeen Traditions brings us back to what’s important in life—and what makes America truly great.” —Jim Hightower, Illinois Times The activist, humanitarian, and former presidential candidate named one of the 100 most influential figures in American history by The Atlantic—one of only three living Americans so honored—Ralph Nader, looks back at his small-town Connecticut childhood and the traditions and values that shaped his progressive worldview. At once eye-opening, thought-provoking, and surprisingly fresh and moving, Nader’s The Seventeen Traditions is a celebration of uniquely American ethics certain to appeal to fans of Mitch Albom, Tim Russert, and Anna Quindlen—an unexpected and most welcome gift from this fearlessly committed reformer and outspoken critic of corruption in government and society. In a time of widespread national dissatisfaction and disillusionment that has given rise to new dissent characterized by the Occupy Wall Street movement, the liberal icon shows us how every American can learn from The Seventeen Traditions and, by embracing them, help bring about meaningful and necessary change.

The Book A Lucky American Childhood
The Author Paul Engle
The Publisher University of Iowa Press
Release Date1996-05-01
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Pages 228
ISBN 1587290596
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: More than any other individual, Paul Engle was the spirited force behind the creative writing workshops now so abundant in America. His indomitable nature, enthusiasm, and great persuasive powers, coupled with his distinguished reputation as a poet, loomed large behind the founding of the influential Iowa Writers' Workshop. A Lucky American Childhood will appeal to people with memories of the small-town America that Paul Engle describes with such affectionate realism and to all those interested in the roots of this renowned man of letters.

The Book From Girl to Woman
The Author Christy Rishoi
The Publisher SUNY Press
Release Date2003-03-27
Genre Literary Criticism
Pages 202
ISBN 0791457214
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Examines the crucial role that coming-of-age narratives have played in American feminism.

The Book Jim Fobel s Old Fashioned Baking Book
The Author Jim Fobel
The Publisher
Release Date1996
Genre Cooking
Pages 207
ISBN 0962740365
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Presents recipes for cakes, pies, quick breads, coffee cakes, cookies, yeast breads, frostings, and glazes, and includes useful baking tips

The Book Everything Is Wrong with Me
The Author Jason Mulgrew
The Publisher Harper Collins
Release Date2010-03-02
Genre Humor
Pages 240
ISBN 0061978434
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: “People who grow up like this tend to become agoraphobics, serial killers, or really funny writers. Mulgrew, I think – hope? – is the last of these three things. His stories of childhood made me laugh out loud.” — Rob McElhenney, star, creator, and producer of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia “The somewhat alarming, always interesting world inside Jason’s brain has now been strewn across the pages of a book. Godspeed, reader.” — Steve Hely, author of How I Became a Famous Novelist Jason Mulgrew’s wildly popular blog “Everything Is Wrong With Me: 30, Bipolar and Hungry,” gives rise to a memoir of startling insight, comedy, and irreversible, unconscionable stupidity.

The Book Three by Annie Dillard
The Author Annie Dillard
The Publisher Harper Perennial
Release Date1990-11-21
Genre Fiction
Pages 624
ISBN 0060920645
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: A stunning collection of Annie Dillard's most popular books in one volume.

The Book The American Child
The Author Caroline Field Levander
The Publisher Rutgers University Press
Release Date2003
Genre Literary Criticism
Pages 318
ISBN 081353223X
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: From the time that the infant colonies broke away from the parent country to the present day, narratives of U.S. national identity are persistently configured in the language of childhood and family. In The American Child: A Cultural Studies Reader, contributors address matters of race, gender, and family to chart the ways that representations of the child typify historical periods and conflicting ideas. They build on the recent critical renaissance in childhood studies by bringing to their essays a wide range of critical practices and methodologies. Although the volume is grounded heavily in the literary, it draws on other disciplines, revealing that representations of children and childhood are not isolated artifacts but cultural productions that in turn affect the social climates around them. Essayists look at games, pets, adolescent sexuality, death, family relations, and key texts such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the movie Pocahontas; they reveal the ways in which the figure of the child operates as a rich vehicle for writers to consider evolving ideas of nation and the diverse role of citizens within it.

The Book Rust Belt Boy
The Author Paul Hertneky
The Publisher Bauhan Pub
Release Date2016
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Pages 223
ISBN 0872332225
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Tales of a largely unknown and recurrent Promised Land, revealing the soul of industrial life, and a yearning for broader horizons

The Book Excavating Pieces
The Author Patrick Husted
The Publisher CreateSpace
Release Date2013-09-09
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Pages 250
ISBN 1492243019
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: For a small boy with a big imagination, Ionia is a place of wonders. Its woods are enchanted, its houses full of treasure—crystal balls, flying carpets, magic potions. As time goes by, however, Patrick begins to wonder if what goes on in his own house is normal. Life at home has been deteriorating ever since his mother married George, a factory roustabout with a terrifying temper. To protect himself from his stepfather's violence, Patrick must remain hyper vigilant. Then his mother starts working the night shift, leaving George in charge . . .This complex tale of a Michigan boyhood illuminates a subject of universal concern: the shocking number of American men—an estimated one in six—who have been sexually abused as children. Author Patrick Husted digs deep into his own past to reveal how such abuse can occur and how it can affect a male victim well into adulthood. Told with devastating candor and doses of humor, his story offers hope to millions of men and their loved ones. (“An anatomy of survival, which could prove vital to those marked by sexual abuse.” —Kirkus Reviews)

The Book Tales from an American Childhood
The Author Dr John C Thomas Ph D
The Publisher Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date2018-06-08
Pages 240
ISBN 1983717495
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Humanity has come a long way from being huddled in a cave. But now what? After all the work of generation after generation, we now seem poised to throw it all away. I really hope we don't. Our society seems to be in a giant hurry when what we really need is to slow down and carefully consider how to proceed while being respectful of other cultures and peoples. Rather than rushing to decisions with people of different backgrounds and contexts, we need first to reach common ground. The way to that is to open up about our own hopes and fears for humankind. In these inter-connected essays, I describe experiences that led to my own values and beliefs. I offer suggestions for how we might proceed together. These essays address such contemporary topics as terrorism, politics, civility, racism, misogyny, economic systems, health care and child rearing.

The Book Caudine country
The Author Anthony M. Gisolfi
The Publisher
Release Date1985
Genre Social Science
Pages 222
ISBN UOM:39015034421522
Language English, Spanish, And French
The Book The Space Between
The Author Sandra Humble Johnson
The Publisher Kent State University Press
Release Date1992-01
Genre Literary Criticism
Pages 214
ISBN 0873384466
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Annie Dillard, a practitioner of the literary epiphany, has become a representative of a neoromantic movement that combines the ecological interest of wilderness literature with the aesthetics of a highly stylized literature. This study of the Pulitzer prize-winning essayist considers her as wilderness philosopher, critic, and arch-romantic.

The Book American Childhood
The Author Anne Scott MacLeod
The Publisher University of Georgia Press
Release Date1995-10-01
Genre Literary Criticism
Pages 256
ISBN 0820318035
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: In this collection of fourteen essays, Anne Scott MacLeod locates and describes shifts in the American concept of childhood as those changes are suggested in nearly two centuries of children's stories. Most of the essays concern domestic novels for children or adolescents--stories set more or less in the time of their publication. Some essays also draw creatively on childhood memoirs, travel writings that contain foreigners' observations of American children, and other studies of children's literature. The topics on which MacLeod writes range from the current politicized marketplace for children's books, to the reestablishment (and reconfiguration) of the family in recent children's fiction, to the ways that literature challenges or enforces the idealization of children. MacLeod sometimes considers a single author's canon, as when she discusses the feminism of the Nancy Drew mystery series or the Orwellian vision of Robert Cormier. At other times, she looks at a variety of works within a particular period, for example, Jacksonian America, the post-World War II decade, or the 1970s. MacLeod also examines books that were once immensely popular but currently have no appreciable readership--the Horatio Alger stories, for example--and finds fresh, intriguing ways to view the work of such well-known writers as Louisa May Alcott, Beverly Cleary, and Paul Zindel.

The Book Jumna
The Author Charlotte Gould Warren
The Publisher Stephen F Austin University Press
Release Date2012
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Pages 233
ISBN 1936205297
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Charlotte Warren’s memoir, Jumna, chronicles her childhood in India during its fight for independence from Great Britain, and her coming of age in the United States during the turbulent sixties. "Several girls ended up in a fight, the buckle of a classmate’s shoe caught in another girl’s hair. Cries of pain. In the fray, I was accused of fueling the argument with a mean remark, but although I agreed with the remark, it had come from someone else. Unable to get at the truth, Miss Gasper lined us up, littlest ones in front, and brought out the long wooden hair brush we dreaded. Pants down, bent over, we each received a paddling. Anticipation and the sounds of others crying terrified us more than the thwack itself. I vowed never to hit children. Before bedtime, each of us was given four pieces of toilet paper and told to have a bowel movement. If we couldn’t, we were fed a spoonful of cod liver oil. We soon learned to lie. The toilet paper, a lifeless grey, was stiff and needed to be rubbed to soften it. It carried the imprint of the crown of His Majesty the King of England."

The Book In the Valley of the Yangtze
The Author Helen Roberts Thomas
The Publisher Commonwealth Books of Virginia Llc
Release Date2014-03-18
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Pages 147
ISBN 0985486325
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: A China-born daughter of American Episcopal missionaries tells a story of China that is little-known to both Chinese and Americans in this robust memoir. What were Americans doing in China in the 1920s and 30s, and how did an American child come to be born and raised there? Helen Roberts Thomas and her family were part of a vibrant international community in the Yangtze Valley in the first part of the 20th century. The community was made up of educators, missionaries, and doctors as well as technical and military advisors to the new Chinese government. Freshly topical amid the current American fascination with another new China, this coming-of-age story mingles history with culture, politics, and crossing paths with the famous. And yet it is also a family story: dedicated to the memory of her parents; dotted with sibling love, rivalry, rebellion, and achievement; and written in collaboration with her own daughter.