An “original and haunting” novel about two wars and two generations of men (Minneapolis Star Tribune). Pensive in the wake of 9/11, a young man launches a mission to reunite his beloved grandfather, an American bombardier, with Luddie, the woman who saved him during WWII. Armed only with the address on the back of an old photograph and his grandfather’s memories, the young man begins writing letters to Luddie. Undaunted by her lack of response, the narrator travels to Poland with his girlfriend and grandfather. As they come closer to finding the site where the bombardier was shot down, the letters to Luddie become more personal—and the saga of a family with a long and storied history emerges. Beautifully orchestrated and eloquently original, this is a tale of soldiers and saviors, of burning and bombing, of fathers and sons and brothers and lovers—and of what we find when we dare to revisit the past. “A rewarding experience.” —Chicago Sun-Times “Nichols handles beautifully the hidden meanings in old family tales heard a hundred times . . . The novel often reads like a piece of music that is wonderfully original.” —Publishers Weekly “A dramatically off-kilter debut novel about wars and the men who fight them . . . We see the Bombardier, an elderly Rotarian and former mayor of a small Midwestern town, rediscovering his youthful memories. His grandson’s bewilderment over what to do about the 9/11 attacks highlights the differences between then and now. There’s a lot of meaty material here.” —Kirkus Reviews
Author: John James Knudsen
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
Release Date: 2013-04-22
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
One Army Air Corps soldier's ordeals during World War II. Written in the personable voice of someone reflecting honestly on his life's journey, this autobiography is full of anecdotes of a Depression-era Montana boyhood and culminates with the author's training for service as a B-17 pilot and subsequent role as a flight instructor.
Author: Jack B. Rochester
Publisher: Wheatmark, Inc.
Release Date: 2018-07-20
Over 650 Vietnam War novels have been published, mostly dark tales from the war zone. In Wild Blue Yonder, Airman Nathaniel Hawthorne Flowers goes not to Vietnam but Germany, straight into a military Catch-22. His assignment: writing stories for the Stars and Stripes newspaper that will never see print. Nate's adventure deepens as he and his fellow troops try to understand why they're there, the military mindset, and the massive social disruption roiling 1960's America. Existential, psychedelic, funny, and laced with rock 'n' roll, Wild Blue Yonder is the story of Nate's quest for personal and spiritual values while trying to learn the meaning of family, friendship, and the love of the girl he left behind.
Author: MARK C. OVERTON
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Release Date: 2013-05-06
You’re considering joining or joined the United States Air Force (USAF). You desire to put your best foot forward at your new job and achieve a rewarding career. To rally toward your goal, “march in step’ ---work as a team---with proven strategies of success to “close ranks”---get and stay ahead in your career---for building your leadership skills and earning your next stripe. This scaled down, second book in the Career Progression Guide for Airmen series ‘cuts to the chase’ and walks you through career progression steps –from A to Z – allowing you to still hone in on the hard-core information for leadership and promotion increase opportunities. As you near the milestone of making the next rank, it then becomes a stepping stone for you to further mission accomplishment and see, sense, and smell a ‘rewarding career’ fi nish line. You’re also supplied with coaching and mentoring you must have for growth and value as a professional Airmen. The Basics features inspirational lead-off chapter quotes, step-by-step arrangement of the performance report’s accomplishment bullet statement’ sequence, which is important for documenting your job performance, and a 6-point key summary to reinforce your learning and help you to keep your job and career goals in sight. From goal setting, successfully performing to meet expectations, to serving others and self, “The Basics” cuts to the quick and provides you the means to get the job done well and touch and taste the promotion you earn! Chief Master Sergeant Mark C. Overton, USAF (Retired), is a graduate of the USAF Chiefs’ Leadership Course and earned a masters degree in computer resources and information management. During his twenty six years in the Air Force, Chief Overton’s background includes various duties in 25 communications-computer systems assignments and deployments at the unit, wing and numbered air force levels. Offering a rare perspective of serving as a chief master sergeant, retiree, key spouse mentor, and federal civilian employee, he has penned commentaries on leadership
Author: Allan T. Stein
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Release Date: 2005-02-16
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Annotation "Allan T. Stein idolized his uncle, a pilot in the Great War. So in 1943, in the midst of the Second World War, he left Texas A & M University for Lackland Air Field to learn to fly. By the time he retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1969, Stein had flown everything from BT-13s and B-24s to B-52s and C-47s. During World War II, he flew missions over China and the Sea of Japan, and by V-J Day, he had participated in eight campaigns and logged 347 hours in combat. Stein later spent one year in Vietnam as operations officer for the 360 TEWS (Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron), which used refitted C-47s to monitor and locate Vietcong units. He ended his career as inspector general of the Civil Air Patrol." "Stein considers himself to have been an ordinary airman, not a hero. But he was also a seasoned pilot and a conscientious officer with a strong sense of right and wrong. After a young pilot he had certified died in an accident, Stein made it a practice to fail all but the best candidates. He was just as disgusted with the corruption he encountered in the Civil Air Patrol as he was with the tendentious reporters he met in Saigon's Hotel Caravelle." "Although he met his share of cowards and scoundrels, Stein loved to fly and he loved the air force. He was the sort of officer his superiors trusted not to make mistakes, but he was not the sort to rise to high rank. What he offers here is an account of a typical career as an air force officer, complete with its frustrations, moral dilemmas, and the occasional harrowing experience."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Author: William Price Fox
Publisher: Crane Hill Pub
Release Date: 2002-01-01
"A small town in South Carolina, circa 1943. Flunking out of high school, guilty of truancy and suspected of worse, 16-year-old Earl Edge is out of options. He can hang around and spend the rest of his life as a loser, or he can lie about his age and join the Air Corps."--Jacket.
Author: Robert Ayres Carter
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Release Date: 2007-08-30
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Nobody Yet Knows Who I Am: A Personal History: 1943 - 1953 is the second volume in Robert Ayres Carters memoir. The first volume, Sundays Child, was published in 2005 by Xlibris. This volume opens with the authors military service as an enlisted man in the United States Army in World War II, highlighted by a tour of duty in the China- Burma Theater. Returning to the States in 1946, Mr. Carters story then resumes with his career as a book salesman, a student in New York City, a Fulbright Scholar at the Sorbonne in Paris, and as an Instructor of French at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. The book closes in 1953, with Mr. Carter once again back in New York City, this time determined on a career as a professional writer.
From the author of Holding up the Universe and the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places. After Pearl Harbor, Velva Jean signs up for service and gets her wings, risking her life—and her heart. Velva Jean Hart, the fiercely independent heroine of Jennifer Niven's (Becoming Clementine) spectacular debut novel, Velva Jean Learns to Drive, returns in a captivating adventure that literally sends her soaring. Bristling at the limitations faced by a woman in rural Appalachia and fuelled by the memory of her late Mama telling her to "live out there," Velva Jean hits the road to pursue her dream of singing at the Grand Ole Opry. But after a string of auditions, she begins to lose hope—until her brother pays her a surprise visit and treats Velva Jean to a flying lesson that ignites a brand-new dream: to become a female pilot. Funny, poignant, and utterly unforgettable, Velva Jean Learns to Fly will have fans cheering all over again.
Author: Daniel Solomon
Publisher: Island Press
Release Date: 2003
"This is a book about the making of cities and the buildings that compose them. It is about the conditions under which an architect engaged in those activities now works, how those conditions evolved and why they are changing. It is about the qualities of life that are threatened by the ways cities are built at the beginning of the 21st century and intelligent response to those threats. It is about why the city planning ideas and the cultural cuisinart that came in the box with modern architecture are a lingering menace." -- from Global City Blue. Much of the architecture and town planning of the past fifty years has been based on an unsubstantiated optimism about the promise of modernity. In our rush to embrace the future, we invented new ways of building that rejected the past and sent people headlong into a placeless limbo where they are insulated from each other and cut off from such basic experiences of location as the weather and the time of day. Despite calamitous results, many architects and planners remain enamored of the modernist ideals that underlie these changes. In Global City Blues, renowned architect Daniel Solomon presents a perceptive overview and an insightful assessment of how the power and seductiveness of modernist ideals led us astray. Through a series of independent but linked essays, he takes the reader on a personal picaresque, introducing us to people, places, and ideas that have shaped thinking about planning and building and that laid the foundation for his beliefs about the world we live in and the kind of world we should be making. As an alternative, Daniel Solomon discusses the ideas and precepts of New Urbanism, a reform movement he helped found that has risen to prominence in the past decade. New Urbanism offers a vital counterbalance to the forces of sprawl, urban disintegration, and placelessness that have so transformed the contemporary landscape. Global City Blues is a fresh and original look at what the history of urban form can teach us about creating built environments that work for people.
Author: Philip Caraccioli
Publisher: Fideli Publishing Inc.
Release Date: 2010-12-08
Only a Dream is an allegorical work inspired by the author "s lifelong love of God "s Word and his experiences as a rocket designer and aerospace engineer. The wonders of complexities, which so often go unnoticed, serve as the backdrop for Only a Dream, which allows the reader to observe a soul and his pilgrimage through God "s creation.
With A Simple Twist Of Fate, Fortunes Rise And Fall. . . Vegas Heat is the story of the Thornton dynasty. . .of Fanny Thornton, who takes over Babylon, the family's magnificent Las Vegas casino, when her ex-husband Ash falls desperately ill. . .of Fanny's twin sons, Sage and Birch, one content in his conventional life, while the other's search for happiness leads to tragedy--and renewed hope. . .of Fanny's daughter Sunny, betrayed by her husband, fighting a battle no woman should ever have to face. . .of her daughter Billie, whose devotion to the Thorntons' children's clothing empire has kept her from finding love. It is also the story of Fanny's relationship with enigmatic businessman Marcus Reed--and the poignant, powerful quest for acceptance that drives the members of these two unforgettable families. . . "A fascinating family saga." --Romantic Times 115,000 Words
Split second life-and-death wartime heroics in foreign lands, endless training, and ridiculous bureaucracy -- the US Army has it all. Much is asked of soldiers. Military duties shape, define, and mature individuals on many levels. Have you found out who you are, and what you will and will not do? This account describes dogged determination to do the duties, to interweave a love story, and to realize where one is to steer towards a fulfilling future. In the foreground, a night of duty mirrors back actions and interactions that smooth and shape. But does the potential of a military role enable you to develop your gifts and skills to become who you want to be?
Maya Angelou's five volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. In this her third marvellous volume, music and her son are the focus of Maya Angelou's life. She is on the edge of a new world: marriage, show business and a triumphant tour of 'Porgy and Bess'.
Author: Edward J. Murray
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Release Date: 2012-04-30
No one would disagree with the contention that the central figure in this semi-fictional work has been written about continuously for two millenniums. A continued interest in his life and commentary on it does seem timeless. It is the unanimous opinion in the Christian world that he is both true God and true man. Once they say it in good faith, they forget about his humanity and the frailties that come with it. They stay singularly preoccupied with his extra-terrestrial connection. This novel flips the preoccupation. It is a study of the real man. It is done so without diminishing the extraordinary events surrounding his life. The novel appears to be unique in that it allows the extraordinary man to talk for himself. It is unique in many ways. To name a few: there are weather reports, a calendar of events, his farm work, hours and mileage for his trips, his sport competitions, his high school days, and a man with a good sense of humor. A list of the fresh ways of looking at the man is long.