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The Girl in the Blue Beret

By Bobbie Ann Mason
  • ISBN Code: : 0679604944
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Pages : 384
  • Category : Fiction
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Inspired by the wartime experiences of her father-in-law, Bobbie Ann Mason has crafted the haunting and profoundly moving story of an American World War II pilot shot down in Occupied Europe, and his wrenching odyssey of discovery, decades later, as he uncovers the truth about those who helped him escape in 1944. At twenty-three, Marshall Stone was a confident, cocksure U.S. flyboy stationed in England, with several bombing raids in a B-17 under his belt. But when enemy fighters forced his plane to crash-land in a Belgian field during a mission to Germany, Marshall had to rely solely on the kindness of ordinary Belgian and French citizens to help him hide from and evade the Nazis. Decades later, restless and at the end of his career as an airline pilot, Marshall returns to the crash site and finds himself drawn back in time, unable to stop thinking about the people who risked their lives to save Allied pilots like him. Most of all, he is obsessed by the girl in the blue beret, a courageous young woman who protected and guided him in occupied Paris. Framed in spellbinding, luminous prose, Marshall’s search for her gradually unfolds, becoming a voyage of discovery that reveals truths about himself and the people he knew during the war. Deeply beautiful and impossible to put down, The Girl in the Blue Beret is an unforgettable story—intimate, affecting, exquisite—of memories, second chances, and one intrepid girl who risked it all for a stranger.

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  • Pdf File: wearing-the-green-beret.pdf

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With the authenticity of Jarhead and Bravo Two Zero and the straight-up narrative of Contact Charlie, this military memoir describes what really goes on in the training of an elite soldier and his tours in Afghanistan. In 2004, Jake Olafsen signed up for the Royal Marines Commandos. He left everything behind at home in Canada on the basis of a spur-of-the-moment decision. The Royal Marines have the toughest and longest basic training of any infantry unit in the world. For Olafson, this meant eight months of wet and cold in England and Wales. It was hell, but he came out with the four Commando qualities that the corps look for: courage, determination, unselfishness, cheerfulness in the face of adversity. Olafsen went on to serve for four years as a Commando in the Royal Marines, an elite military unit based in the United Kingdom. He went to Afghanistan twice: in 2006, he went to confront the Taliban in Helmand Province for six months, and in 2007, he was sent to do it all over again. His story is filled with good experiences, like the sense of accomplishment, patriotism, and camaraderie, and the opportunity to travel the world. But all good things come at a price. The sacrifices he made for the Corps are significant; he has killed the enemy and he has buried his friends. And in telling his story, Olafsen hopes that he can make sense of it all. This is an honest, gutsy story about the mud and the blood, the triumphs and the tragedies.

Visible Empire

By Hannah Pittard
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 0544748980
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 113
  • Pdf File: visible-empire.pdf

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An “intimate and revelatory” (Tom Perrota) novel—based on true events—charting a single sweltering summer in Atlanta that left no one unchanged On a humid summer day, the phones begin to ring: disaster has struck. Chateau de Sully, a Boeing 707 chartered to ferry home more than one hundred of Atlanta’s most prominent citizens from a European jaunt, crashed in Paris shortly after takeoff. Overnight, the city of Atlanta changes. Left behind are children, spouses, lovers, and friends faced with renegotiating their lives—the hedonism of the sixties and the urgency of the civil rights movement at the city’s doorstep. With Visible Empire, Hannah Pittard “brings her kaleidoscopic perspective to a catastrophe on an epic scale” (Los Angeles Times). Captivating and ambitious—and inspired by true events—this is a story of race, class, power, privilege, and, ultimately, of promise and hope.

Flee the Night

By Susan May Warren
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  • Publisher : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
  • Book Code : 9781414332666
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 724
  • Pdf File: flee-the-night.pdf

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Ex-CIA operative Lacey Montgomery is a liar, a murderer, and a fugitive—or is she? Former Green Beret Jim Micah must either prove her innocence or bring her to justice. Too bad his heart won't stay out of the way. With a little girl's life and national secrets hanging in the balance, Jim and Lacey must trust God to help them flee the secrets of the night.

Patchwork

By Bobbie Ann Mason
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  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Book Code : 081317550X
  • Total of Pages : 523
  • Category : Literary Collections
  • Members : 129
  • Pdf File: patchwork.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A treasury of both fiction and nonfiction by the award-winning author, including new material: “What a treat . . . She's one of our very best writers.” —Ann Beattie, author of A Wonderful Stroke of Luck The author of such classics as Shiloh and the memoir Clear Springs, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Kentucky-born Bobbie Ann Mason has been hailed as “a full-fledged master of the short story” by Anne Tyler and “an American original” by Jayne Anne Phillips. This reader collects outstanding examples of Mason’s award-winning work from throughout her career and provides a unique look at the development of one of the country’s finest writers. Patchwork contains short stories first published in the New Yorker and other leading periodicals; chapters from Mason’s acclaimed novels, including In Country, An Atomic Romance, and The Girl in the Blue Beret; and riveting excerpts from Mason’s eclectic nonfiction. Some examples of Mason’s recent explorations in flash fiction appear here in print for the first time. Mason’s writing glows with a nuanced understanding of the struggles and pathos of American life in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. As George Saunders says in his introduction, “Bobbie Ann Mason is a strange and beautiful writer. . . . Her stories exist to gently touch on, and praise, even mourn, what it feels like to be alive in this moment.” Patchwork conveys Mason’s extraordinary talent and range.

The Girl in the Red Coat

By Roma Ligocka
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  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Book Code : 1250111226
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 416
  • Pdf File: the-girl-in-the-red-coat.pdf

Book Short Summary:

When she first saw Schindler's List--to whose premiere in Germany she was invited--Roma Ligocka suddenly realized she was witnessing a part of her own life. She felt instinctively that the little girl in the red coat--the only spot of color in the film--was her. When she had lived in the Krakow ghetto during the Second World War she had worn a strawberry-red coat given to her by her grandmother. Unlike the girl in Spielbeg's film, however, Roma survived the war. Startled by this eerie conjunction of art and reality, Ligocka determined to write the story of her own life, to find out what had become of the little girl, and to measure who she now was. From a harrowing childhood under the Nazis, described with a simplicity and innocence that lends it even greater power, through the trials of living in Communist Poland, to a career in the theater and film (an artistic struggle paralleling that of her cousin, Roman Polanski), Ligocka traces her struggle for self-defiition and happiness. The Girl in the Red Coat is a courageous and moving story of survival and triumph.

A Study Guide for Anthony Doerr's "All the Light We Cannot See"

By Gale, Cengage Learning
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  • Publisher : Gale, Cengage Learning
  • Book Code : 1410392864
  • Total of Pages : 21
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 142
  • Pdf File: a-study-guide-for-anthony-doerr-s-all-the-light-we-cannot-see.pdf

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A Study Guide for Anthony Doerr's "All the Light We Cannot See", excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students.This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

Fishing the Jumps

By Lamar Herrin
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  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Book Code : 0813176840
  • Total of Pages : 206
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 460
  • Pdf File: fishing-the-jumps.pdf

Book Short Summary:

From the author of Romancing Spain, a novel about two fishing buddies and about home, family, and the stories we tell to keep the illusion alive. In his latest novel, award-winning writer Lamar Herrin highlights the art of storytelling and the value of friendship with a lush, outdoor landscape serving as a backdrop. Set over the course of a weekend spent fishing on an Adirondack lake, two middle-aged friends—Jim McManus and Walter Kidman—sip Jim Beam on the rocks and share stories of memory and camaraderie as the past and present meld to reveal that what happens in the past rarely stays there. Herrin explores the kaleidoscopic effect of memory while examining the rise and fall of life in the South. Presented is a story about a displaced southerner who tells the account of a family whose fortune was made in the post-World War II apparel industry, but it is the extended family that claims the narrator’s attention and sympathy, the grandparents, the aunts and uncles and cousins, and the stories told and retold about those family members until they reach the status of myth. It is a novel of two lakes—the small glacial one where Jim and Walter fish and exchange stories, and the southern one, created when a dam was built and numerous mountain settlements were flooded. It is a novel chronicling the aftermath of World War II, who won what, and when the time comes, who stands to lose. Lyrical and poetic yet playful and entertaining, Fishing the Jumps is more than just fishing tales. It is a seamless and haunting novel that is ultimately a story of the deep and necessary relationship between two men and the binding and nourishing effect of family—not only of an extended family, but of a whole community, and in fact, a whole region. Praise for Fishing the Jumps “Deliberate and gorgeous, with a mastery of description and a searing command of American culture. Fishing the Jumps is quiet, thoughtfully told, but with a thrashing undercurrent . . . . What seems almost a low-key dialogue on a placid lake is actually a turbulent family history that refuses to sink to the bottom of memory. This makes an elegant structure for a fish story that plumbs the nature of storytelling itself. It is a thrilling, intense novel to read. I was hooked.” —Bobbie Ann Mason, author of Patchwork and The Girl in the Blue Beret “Herrin’s writing is vivid, lyrical, and intense. But the glory of this novel is Herrin’s gift for recreating a particular time and place, the decades after WWII, the exuberance of summers by the mountain lake, the brilliance of Little Howie Whalen building a textile empire. These characters, and this time, come alive in a way that haunts the reader.” —Robert Morgan, author of Gap Creek “Lamar Herrin may be the best writer of whom you have never heard . . . there’s no denying that Fishing the Jumps is a work of genius . . . Herrin’s narrative style is seamless, his emotional intelligence expert. . . . [A] bildungsroman, a mystery, and a prose poem, too, in its lush, layered honesty, verbal ingenuity, and elegant humanity.” —Linda Elisabeth LaPinta, Kentucky Humanities

Under the Blue Beret

By Terry "Stoney" Burke
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  • Publisher : Dundurn
  • Book Code : 1459708334
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : History
  • Members : 280
  • Pdf File: under-the-blue-beret.pdf

Book Short Summary:

From inexperienced soldier to seasoned veteran of nine U.N. missions in Cyprus, Israel, Lebanon, and Syria, Terry Burke gives us a detailed account of a peacekeeper's life in the ever-turbulent Middle East.

Bring the Bride a Shroud

By Dolores Hitchens
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  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Book Code : 1504066979
  • Total of Pages : 185
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 195
  • Pdf File: bring-the-bride-a-shroud.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The beloved author of the Rachel Murdock Mysteries introduces an amateur sleuth who knows murder is never academic—especially when it comes to love. Professor Pennyfeather is on his way to the desert town of Superstition to help a former student, now an army man. Tick Burrell is a charming troublemaker who’s got himself in a bit of a bind. He’s due to inherit a fortune when he marries, but until then, his aunt, Martha Andler, holds the purse strings in her iron grip. And now that Tick’s engaged for the third time, he wants Pennyfeather to help him convince Martha his intentions—and his bride-to-be—are serious. But Superstition has become a hot destination for Tick’s exes, both of whom want to win him back. One is a flighty gold digger; the other a striking and sharp-witted beauty. And his no-nonsense fiancée is in the Women’s Army Corps. When Tick’s aunt is found axe-murdered in her hotel room, Pennyfeather must decide who among them stands to benefit the most . . . Amidst the sage and cactus of the small army town, danger lurks, and Pennyfeather, who has Tick’s best interests at heart, may be the next victim of a brutal and greedy killer. “The story is just as engaging as The Cat Saw Murder and Pennyfeather, while less active and daring than Miss Murdock, proves himself to be more than capable as a detective in this gruesome premiere. . . . The story is rife with traditional detective novel motifs and abounds with fair play and puzzling clues.” —Pretty Sinister Books Bring the Bride a Shroud was originally published under the pseudonym D. B. Olsen.

Gladdy's Wake

By B.K. Anderson
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  • Publisher : Second Story Press
  • Book Code : 192673999X
  • Total of Pages : 280
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 216
  • Pdf File: gladdy-s-wake.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Gladys Sage escaped the backwoods of Northern Ontario, leaving behind the body of her stepfather, to arrive in New York and the world of political revolutionaries. Hired to find her is Pinkerton detective James Kelly, a recent Irish immigrant mainly interested in easy money, drink, and women. Going undercover among the radical followers of Emma Goldman, James' search for Gladdy becomes a passion that will affect the Kelly family for generations. Nawal Habib, James' granddaughter, has reinvented herself as a devout Muslim. Five times a day she prays toward Mecca, proving that she has left her early life as Janie Kelly, teenage runaway and outcast, behind. When her husband is killed and her son disappears in New York, suspected of involvement in a terrorist plot, everything she has built comes into question. She has no choice but to turn to the family she fled decades before. Nawal's search will lead to the secrets kept by her grandfather -- a hidden family history that casts her son's radicalism in a new light, and begins with James Kelly's obsession with the mysterious Gladys Sage.

The Brass Keys of Kenwick

By Augusta Huiell Seaman
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  • Publisher : Good Press
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 137
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 701
  • Pdf File: the-brass-keys-of-kenwick.pdf

Book Short Summary:

"The Brass Keys of Kenwick" by Augusta Huiell Seaman. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

The Black Sheep

By Ruby M. Ayres
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  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Book Code : 1448203481
  • Total of Pages : 176
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 778
  • Pdf File: the-black-sheep.pdf

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Norma Ackroyd is the quintessential English country rose-pretty and rather innocent. But on the day her path crosses with that of the notorious womanizer from London, George Laxton, fate itself seemed determined to shatter her previously sheltered life. For Norma fell hopelessly in love with Laxton and chose to ignore or disbelieve all the bad things she heard about him-to the intense chagrin of her family. They knew that many of the stories were true and that Norma was courting almost certain disaster. But she was determined to let heart rule head, and who knows, maybe leopards can change their spots? This delightful story, which twists and turns like the vicissitudes of love itself, will appeal strongly to all readers of romantic fiction.

Pasadena

By David Ebershoff
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  • Publisher : Random House
  • Book Code : 0307434532
  • Total of Pages : 520
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 663
  • Pdf File: pasadena.pdf

Book Short Summary:

From the award-winning author of The Danish Girl and The Rose City, Pasadena tells the story of Linda Stamp, a fishergirl born in 1903 on a coastal onion farm, and the three men who change her life: her jealous brother, Edmund; Bruder, the orphan Linda’s father brings home from World War I; and a Pasadena orange rancher named Willis Poore. The novel spans Linda’s adventurous and romantic life, weaving the tales of her Mexican mother and her German-born father with those of the rural Pacific Coast of her youth and of the small, affluent city, Pasadena, that becomes her home. Pasadena is a novel of passion and history, about a woman and a place in perpetual transformation.

Annie's Angel

By Jim Lawrence
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 9781462830435
  • Total of Pages : 278
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 304
  • Pdf File: annie-s-angel.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Uptown Chicago in November, 1963 is a brutal place for the James Allen McCrees of Letcher County, Kentucky. After migrating from the depleted coal fields in search of a better life, father, mother and three children have struggled for two years to make ends meet in a run-down area known derisively as Hillbilly Land, finding solace only in the songs of their Southern mountain heritage. Now, however, as James Allens illness worsens, his wife, Mavis June, must take more and more on herself if the family is to survive. These are the desperate circumstances in which 14-year-old Annie Mae McCree is forced to grow up and to complete her journey from girlhood to womanhood. When her mother passes on to her a folk belief in a guardian angel, Annie dares to hope that she and her family will be under his protection. However, one shattering personal tragedy after another fractures that innocent faith and forces her on a painful spiritual quest of her own. Along the way, she learns much about who she is, experiences the power of first love, and finds out a thing or two about angels -- most importantly, that they often arent who or what you expect them to be, and most of the time, they rarely look like angels at all.