Sixteen-year-old Earl Gunderman struggles with the problems of family and community in rural 1940s Wisconsin when his brother returns from a prisoner of war camp in the Philippines and his parents' marriage seems to be unraveling.
“A riveting page-turner…Jessica Therrien broke my heart into a million pieces—and then put it back together again. This book will haunt and uplift readers long after they turn the last page.” -KAT ROSS, best-selling author of The Midnight Sea CARRY ME HOME is a work of fiction inspired by the true story of a teenage girl’s involvement in several Mexican gangs in San Jose and Los Angeles. The members of her crew call her, Guera, Spanish for “white girl” and it doesn’t take long for her to get lost in their world of guns and drugs. * * * Lucy and Ruth are country girls from a broken home. When they move to the city with their mother, leaving behind their family ranch and dead-beat father, Lucy unravels. They run to their grandparents’ place, a trailer park mobile home in the barrio of San Jose. Lucy’s barrio friends have changed since her last visit. They’ve joined a gang called VC. They teach her to fight, to shank, to beat a person unconscious and play with guns. When things get too heavy, and lives are at stake, the three girls head for LA seeking a better life. But trouble always follows Lucy. She befriends the wrong people, members of another gang, and every bad choice she makes drags the family into her dangerous world. Told from three points of view, the story follows Lucy down the rabbit hole, along with her mother and sister as they sacrifice dreams and happiness, friendships and futures. Love is waiting for all of them in LA, but pursuing a life without Lucy could mean losing her forever. Ultimately it’s their bond with each other that holds them together, in a true test of love, loss and survival.
Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution
Author: Diane McWhorter
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Now with a new afterword, the Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatic account of the civil rights era’s climactic battle in Birmingham as the movement, led by Martin Luther King, Jr., brought down the institutions of segregation. "The Year of Birmingham," 1963, was a cataclysmic turning point in America’s long civil rights struggle. Child demonstrators faced down police dogs and fire hoses in huge nonviolent marches against segregation. Ku Klux Klansmen retaliated by bombing the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, killing four young black girls. Diane McWhorter, daughter of a prominent Birmingham family, weaves together police and FBI records, archival documents, interviews with black activists and Klansmen, and personal memories into an extraordinary narrative of the personalities and events that brought about America’s second emancipation. In a new afterword—reporting last encounters with hero Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and describing the current drastic anti-immigration laws in Alabama—the author demonstrates that Alabama remains a civil rights crucible.
Finella Mayfield hates two things: liars and thieves. And she's determined to marry a man who's neither. Chasing her dead father's dreams, the twenty-year-old English bride arrives in Australia in 1875 for an arranged marriage. Anticipating her future as village preacher's wife, she records her thoughts in her Everlasting journal. But instead of her fiancé, Finella is met by Shadrach Jones, a poor farmer sent to collect her from the busy Melbourne pier. This is not what her father planned. And it's only the beginning of the unraveling of Finella Mayfield the bride with no groom. All Shadrach Jones longs for is rows of mustard and chicory. He's busy growing a farm near the Phillip Island fishing village of Cowes, and caring for Molly, his simple sister. Far from the brutal life they remember with their ex-convict father, Shadrach's building something new. But he's also made a promise to a dying friend. To collect and marry the English girl destined to never be a preacher's wife. Can Shadrach convince Finella she has a future with a farmer? Can he convince himself, knowing his family secrets will haunt their future? Carry Me Home Book 1 in the Blue Wren Shallows series. An Australian historical romance set in the pioneering era of the 1870s, on Victoria's majestic Phillip Island.
Ben Cohenâe(tm)s dad didnâe(tm)t know anything about the sport his young son had taken up, but he was happy to drive him to practice, and was soon helping out at the club. When his business went bankrupt money was tight, but Benâe(tm)s hard working parents inspired their son to put his all into rugby. Then, when Ben was 20, his father intervened in a fight in the nightclub where he worked. He was viciously beaten and one month later he died in hospital. Ben was doing an England press conference at the time, and it was down to coach Clive Woodward to deliver the devastating news. But the ordeal was far from over. The inquest lasted five months before the funeral could be held, and it was a year before the family were in court, facing Peterâe(tm)s assailants. Ben put all of the anger and pain from his fatherâe(tm)s death into his rugby. Fast and powerful on the wing, he was soon the best in the world in his position and a cornerstone of the England team, culminating in the legendary World Cup win in Sydney in 2003. And yet he always felt like an outsider. Most people didnâe(tm)t know that Ben is clinically deaf. His sixth sense for the game got him through on the pitch, but off it his poor hearing was often taken for arrogance. This is an inspirational story of passion and pain; of the highs of achieving your goals, and the grief of losing something you can never get back.
Love doesn't have to be perfect to be true . . . Years ago, Tanner Green loved Sunny Letman. She was meant to be his first kiss, first love, first everything. Then their world spun upside-down and out of control. Free-spirited Sunny doesn't do commitment. Sure, guys are great for a night or a week, but she always leaves first. That is, until professional skateboarder and town golden boy, Tanner Green, unexpectedly walks back into her life. Despite their broken history, a fragile and undeniably electric connection still holds them together. Now Tanner has to convince Sunny that even though love isn't always perfect, it's worth sticking around for. . . Praise for Lia Riley: 'Upside Down gave me all the feels. Romantic and poignant, the journey of love and acceptance lingers long after the book is closed' Jennifer L. Armentrout/J. Lynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author 'Must read romance . . . refreshing and heartfelt New Adult contemporary romance' USA Today 'Addictively readable' Booklist (starred review) 'Riley writes a captivating story from beginning to breathtaking end' Publishers Weekly starred review 'Fresh, sexy, and romantic. I cannot wait for the next book' Kristen Callihan, bestselling author 'Fast paced, electric and sweetly emotional!' Tracy Wolff, New York Times bestselling author 'Where to even start with this book? Beautifully written, Australia, hot surfer Bran, unique heroine Talia. Yep, it's all just a whole lot of awesome. Loved it!' Cindi Madsen, USA Today bestselling author 'A rich setting and utterly romantic . . . I absolutely loved it!' Melissa West, author of Pieces of Olivia 'Upside Down is a brilliantly-written New Adult romance that transported me to another country. With vivid imagery and rich characterisations, I was completely smitten with the love story of Bran and Talia. I cannot wait for the rest of their story!' Megan Erickson, author of Make it Count
The collection of short essays in Carry Me Home begins as a lament for what in September 2005 looked to be the lost city of New Orleans. Over the following two-and-one-half years, these brief essays become a lyrical celebration of the city and the people, and a journal of a 20-year expatriate's decision to move home after the flood. Mark Folse is a former journalist who, after a twenty-year remove first to Washington, D.C. and later to the upper Midwest, returned with his family to the city of his birth. He currently resides in the Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans with his wife Rebecca, and their two children Killian and Matthew. He continues to chronicle his life in the city of New Orleans at his weblog Toulouse Street -- Odd Bits of Life in New Orleans (www.toulousestreet.net)
"There are books that need to be written in order to explain important moments in our history. ‘Carry Me Home’ is one of those books" ~ Stacey | Absorbed in a Book "Jessica Scott should be on every reader's list." ~ Brenda Novak New York Times Bestselling Author Claire Montoya has never met a rule that wasn’t meant to be broken. Being in a woman in the Army means she has to be tougher and smarter than everyone around her. She good at being a soldier but ignores the quiet longing for something more - belonging. Evan is a man full of dark secrets and a thousand regrets. He finds solace in the rules and someone like Claire who doesn’t know how to spell the word grates on his last nerve. He must have been out of his mind the night he thought he was attracted to her. They’ve both avoided mention of that night but now, thrown together to help prepare a close friend for her upcoming deployment, they’re forced to confront their shared past. And together, they face a choice and a chance and finding a place they’ve both been longing for…a place called home. **Previously published as UNTIL THERE WAS YOU** ★★★★PRAISE FOR Jessica Scott★★★★ "A gripping and emotionally charged story with strong characters and incredible imagery. Scott's background gives her military romances a depth of truth and dose of reality that no others have." ~ Gina Maxwell | New York Times Bestselling author of Seducing Cinderella
Lander, Alabama, 1904. When young Emma Scott claims she has been raped by a ‘black hobo’, a chain of events is triggered that will affect generations to come. In modern-day Lander, Canaan Phillips has fled her abusive husband and returned to Lander and her fierce Southern Baptist grandmother, who brought her up after her mother’s suicide. Canaan’s one friend during her childhood was her grandmother’s simple brother, Luke. Now frail and elderly, Luke is still living in the corncrib shack that has been his home for thirty years. In early-twentieth-century Lander, Emma Scott has taken an instant and violent dislike to her new child – a white-skinned boy named Luke. Abused and neglected, Luke eventually befriends Squeaky, a black boy whose family farms nearby. When tragedy strikes, Luke takes to the railroad, and as he enters manhood on the rails, we begin to discover the truth behind the events that led to his birth. In the twentieth century, Canaan, too, is slowly coming to terms with her painful past. And, with the help of her adored Uncle Luke, she is learning to love again. This is a heart-rending and luminous story about loyalty, hardship, love and friendship. It is also a reminder that goodness can prevail even through the cruellest hardships.
Coming for to Carry Me Home examines the concept of race in the United States from the 1830s, when the abolitionists rose to prominence, until the 1880s, when the Jim Crow regime commenced. J. Michael Martinez argues that Lincoln and the Radical Republicans were the pivotal actors, albeit not the architects, that influenced this evolution.
Jake Kovco was the first Australian soldier to die in Iraq: killed by a single shot to the head from his own Army-issued pistol. Shockingly, his body went missing, and the corpse of a Bosnian carpenter was brought home in his place. Nothing about Private Kovcos death or the events that followed was simple: evidence from the scene of his death was lost, the Military Police re-wrote witness statements, his funeral became a political event, the family dismissed the military inquiry as a cover-up and the subsequent coronial inquest unearthed painful truths no mother should have to hear about her son. Carry Me Home is the compelling inside story of Jake, the man and the soldier, including the two year investigation into his mysterious death and the systematic failure of our military bureaucracy to adequately respond. cy that was known to be failing long before Jake left for Iraq. Thought-provoking, detailed and gripping, Carry Me Home provides the inside story of the two-year investigation into Jake's death. In doing so, it exposes the dark underbelly of the military establishment that has become one of the fundamental components of Australia's idea of itself.
A Louisiana native reared in the state's sugarcane region, Caffery's photographs depict Louisiana's sugar fields and workers; Polly, an African-American woman who lives near Caffery's home; and Caffery's family and community. Two essays place Caffery's work in the context of southern history as well as Louisiana's culture. Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
In this powerful and poignant epic, Del Vecchio transports the soldiers of the Viet Nam experience to their final battlefield—the home front. High Meadow Farm, in the fertile hill country of central Pennsylvania, would be their salvation. In Viet Nam they had fought side by side, brothers in arms. Now in the face of personal tragedy and bureaucratic deception, they would create a more enduring allegiance, an alliance of the spirit and the soil. Carry Me Home is the remarkable story of their struggle to find each other and themselves, a saga spanning fifteen years—fifteen years lost in a wilderness called America. In its scope, breadth, and brilliance, Carry Me Home is much more than a novel about Viet Nam and Viet Nam veterans. It is a testament to history and hope, to hometowns and homecomings, to love and loss, to faith and family. It is a novel about two decades in our collective lives and the cleansing of our spirit—an inspiring and unforgettable novel about America itself. “In this...final installment of his trilogy about America's war in Southeast Asia (The 13th Valley; For the Sake of All Living Things), Del Vecchio focuses on veterans who returned home in the late '60s only to find themselves viewed largely as lepers...the overall purpose of his powerful proletarian art demands such detail to underscore his characters' pain and, for a few, uplifting recovery.” —Publishers Weekly “Carry Me Home completes a trilogy begun by The 13th Valley, and deals, much like James Jones' Some Came Running, with veterans trying to adapt to civilian life....in the end they gain a frightening power from Del Vecchio's accretion of utterly authentic detail. And Wapinski, at least, comes to a hard-earned redemption through the example of one fine old man and a beautiful, communitarian idea.” —Booklist “Arresting, searing and shattering...the most eloquent novel ever to examine the American Viet Nam veteran and his return home to a nation that had failed him.” —International Review
Two sisters struggle to keep their father’s disappearance a secret in this tender middle grade novel that’s perfect for fans of Katherine Applegate and Lynda Mullaly Hunt. Twelve-year-old Lulu and her younger sister, Serena, have a secret. As Daddy always says, “it’s best if we keep it to ourselves,” and so they have. But hiding your past is one thing. Hiding where you live—and that your Daddy has gone missing—is harder. At first Lulu isn’t worried. Daddy has gone away once before and he came back. But as the days add up, with no sign of Daddy, Lulu struggles to take care of all the responsibilities they used to manage as a family. Lulu knows that all it takes is one slip-up for their secret to come spilling out, for Lulu and Serena to be separated, and for all the good things that have been happening in school to be lost. But family is all around us, and Lulu must learn to trust her new friends and community to save those she loves and to finally find her true home.