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War Torn

Author : Kenneth E. Miller
ISBN : 1936012782
Genre : History
File Size : 78. 90 MB
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With some 200 million people affected by armed conflict or genocide, refugees are appearing in record numbers. War Torn takes us beyond the headlines into the lives of civilians caught up in war s destructive power in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Guatemala, and Sri Lanka. Alongside stories that convey the destruction and heartbreak of armed conflict, Ken Miller captures the courage and resilience he calls a remarkable kind of light, an essential counterpoint to the grief and trauma that war creates. The stories in War Torn are powerful, heart-wrenching, and unforgettable You could find no better guide than Ken Miller to illuminate this dark territory. A skilled storyteller, he has an eye for nuance that is often missing in our cultural conversation about PTSD. There is great suffering in the aftermath of unthinkable events, but there is also bravery and courage that reveal what is best about humanity. I put down this book with a heart that was broken but also filled with hope. Ethan Watters, author of Crazy Like Us and cofounder, San Francisco Writers Grotto. In evocative and powerful prose, Miller captures the remarkable human capacity for resilience in the face of great adversity. He also writes with compassion about the lasting damage that war has on the human heart and mind, when the limits of resilience have been surpassed. James Garbarino, author of Lost Boys and No Place to be a Child War Torn is an exceptional, gripping account of the impact of war a must-read for anyone interested in how war profoundly touches and shapes people's lives. Mark Jordans, Kings College London War Torn provides harrowing first-hand insights into human suffering across contexts burned into global consciousness...But the extraordinarily sensitive and insightful book ultimately communicates most powerfully regarding the humanity that endures in such adversity. We would benefit from War Torn being compulsory reading Alastair Ager, author of Faith, Secularism, and Humanitarian Engagement, and editor of Refugees: Perspectives on the Experience of Forced Migration Ken Miller s gift is the way he listens, which takes him and his readers beyond simple categories of war victim or trauma survivor to the complex experiences people have in settings torn apart by violence. I m grateful for the way he has captured the simultaneously disabling and inspiring coexistence of darkness and light in these places. Jeannie Annan, International Rescue Committee"

Feminist Rhetorical Resilience

Author : Elizabeth A Flynn
ISBN : 9781457184581
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Although it is well known in other fields, the concept of “resilience” has not been addressed explicitly by feminist rhetoricians. This collection develops it in readings of rhetorical situations across a range of social contexts and national cultures. Contributors demonstrate that resilience offers an important new conceptual frame for feminist rhetoric, with emphasis on agency, change, and hope in the daily lives of individuals or groups of individuals disempowered by social or material forces. Collectively, these chapters create a robust conception of resilience as a complex rhetorical process, redeeming it from its popular association with individual heroism through an important focus on relationality, community, and an ethics of connection. Resilience, in this volume, is a specifically rhetorical response to complicated forces in individual lives. Through it, Feminist Rhetorical Resilience widens the interpretive space within which rhetoricians can work.

Stripped To The Bone

Author : Ghada Alatrash
ISBN : 9781927032466
Genre : Fiction
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Set between war-torn Syria and the West, Stripped to the Bone explores issues of identity, love, strife, courage and resilience in seven fictional portraits of Syrian women / women of Syria. Author Ghada Alatrash and other Syrian artists were recently profiled on the PBS NEWSHOUR at pbs.org/newshour/bb/surrounded-by-violence-syrians-seek-solace-in-art

Love In War

Author : Alan Watchman
ISBN : 9781499033373
Genre : Fiction
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The diaries and letters of Sister Catherine "Cissy" Black, a Rockhampton nurse during World War I, provide the basis for this romantic novel. Her personal story reveals insights into the hardships and suffering endured by nurses in hospitals and soldiers wounded in the trenches of Gallipoli. Cissy is one of thousands of nurses who volunteered and served their country but whose personal experiences have rarely been told. She attends to the horrific wounds of Private Michael Fitzhubert in Egypt after he is stretchered from Quinn's Post and keeps him alive. Typical of many nurses, she falls in love, but their relationship does not run smoothly after he recovers in England.

Zen Under Fire

Author : Marianne Elliott
ISBN : 9781742532462
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 23. 68 MB
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I am about to be left in charge of the office. I'm not sure I am ready for the responsibility, so I double-check with my boss. He reassures me. 'You'll be fine, Marianne. As long as no one kills Amanullah Khan, you'll be fine.' By midday, Amanullah Khan is dead. In 2006 Marianne Elliott, a human rights lawyer from New Zealand,was stationed with the UN in Herat. Several months into her new role an important tribal leader is assassinated while she is in charge of thelocal UN office. She must try to defuse the situation before it leads to widespread bloodshed. And this is just the beginning of her story in Afghanistan. Zen Under Fire is a vivid account of Marianne's experience living and working in the world's most notorious battlefield. As well as sharing the incredible details of her UN role, Marianne tells the very personal story of the shattering effect that thehigh-stress environment hadon her and her relationships, and asks what it really means to do good in a country that is under seige from within. This is an honest, moving and at times terrifying true story of a woman's time peacekeeping in one of the most dangerous places on earth.

The Nightingale

Author : Kristin Hannah
ISBN : 9781466850606
Genre : Fiction
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A #1 New York Times bestseller, Wall Street Journal Best Book of the Year, and soon to be a major motion picture, this unforgettable novel of love and strength in the face of war has enthralled a generation. With courage, grace, and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of World War II and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France—a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime. Goodreads Best Historical Novel of the Year • People's Choice Favorite Fiction Winner • #1 Indie Next Selection • A Buzzfeed and The Week Best Book of the Year Praise for The Nightingale: "Haunting, action-packed, and compelling." —Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author "Absolutely riveting!...Read this book." —Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, Director of the University of Miami Holocaust Teacher Institute "Beautifully written and richly evocative." —Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times bestselling author “A hauntingly rich WWII novel about courage, brutality, love, survival—and the essence of what makes us human.” —Family Circle “A heart-pounding story.” —USA Today "An enormous story. Richly satisfying. I loved it." —Anne Rice "A respectful and absorbing page-turner." —Kirkus Reviews "Tender, compelling...a satisfying slice of life in Nazi-occupied France." —Jewish Book Council “Expect to devour The Nightingale in as few sittings as possible; the high-stakes plot and lovable characters won’t allow any rest until all of their fates are known.” —Shelf Awareness "I loved The Nightingale." —Lisa See, #1 New York Times bestselling author "Powerful...an unforgettable portrait of love and war." —People

Red Blood Yellow Skin

Author : Linda L.T. Baer
ISBN : 9781632990280
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 76. 23 MB
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WINNER OF THE NORTH STREET BOOK PRIZE COMPETITION Red Blood, Yellow Skin is the story of a young girl's survival in war-torn Vietnam during the First Indochina War between France and Vietnam, the civil war between North and South Vietnam, and the later American involvement in the Vietnam War. Linda Baer was born Nguyen Thi Loan, in the village of Tao Xa, Thai Binh Province, in North Vietnam in 1947. When she was four years old, the Viet Minh attacked her village and killed her father, leaving Loan and her mother to fend for themselves. Seeking escape from impoverishment, her mother married a rich and dominating widower who was cruel to his free-spirited and mischievous stepdaughter. Loan found solace in the company of animals and insects and escaped into the branches of trees. In 1954, her family chose to relocate to South Vietnam, rather than live under the yoke of communist North Vietnam. When Loan was thirteen, she ran away to Saigon to flee the cruelty of her stepfather and worked at menial jobs to help her family. At seventeen, she was introduced to bars, nightclubs, and Saigon Tea. At eighteen, she dated and lived with a young American airman.Two months after their baby was born, the airman returned to America, and Loan never heard from him again. She raised their son by herself. However, time healed her heart, and she eventually found true love in a young air force officer, whom she married and accompanied to America in 1971. Red Blood, Yellow Skin is a story of romance, culture, traditions, and family. It describes the pain, struggle, despair, and violence as Loan lived it. The story is hers, but it is also an account of Vietnam of those who were uprooted, displaced, brutalized, and left homeless. It is about this struggle to survive and her extraordinary triumph over adversity that Baer writes. Linda Baer was born Nguyen Thi Loan, in a small village in North Vietnam. Her family relocated to South Vietnam in 1954. She spent most of her youth in Saigon, where she met her husband. She followed him to America in 1971 and became an American citizen in 1973. She currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina, where she is a successful businesswoman.

The Taliban Cricket Club

Author : Timeri N. Murari
ISBN : 9780062091277
Genre : Fiction
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“A moving, splendidly realized story of courage and grit in modern-day Kabul.” —Vikas Swarup, author of Slumdog Millionaire A harrowing yet tender novel—Bend It Like Beckham in a burka—The Taliban Cricket Club is a moving and unforgettable tale of one woman’s courage and guile in the face of terror and tyranny. Set in war-torn Kabul, Afghanistan, this extraordinary new fiction by Timeri N. Murari, acclaimed author of the international bestseller, Taj, is a sweeping story of love, family, resilience, and survival, featuring an unforgettable heroine determined to help her loved ones win their freedom with a bat and a ball.

Dear World

Author : Bana Alabed
ISBN : 9781501178467
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 74. 19 MB
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“A story of love and courage amid brutality and terror, this is the testimony of a child who has endured the unthinkable.” —J.K. Rowling “I’m very afraid I will die tonight.” —Bana Alabed, Twitter, October 2, 2016 “Stop killing us.” —Bana Alabed, Twitter, October 6, 2016 “I just want to live without fear.” —Bana Alabed, Twitter, October 12, 2016 When seven-year-old Bana Alabed took to Twitter to describe the horrors she and her family were experiencing in war-torn Syria, her heartrending messages touched the world and gave a voice to millions of innocent children. Bana’s happy childhood was abruptly upended by civil war when she was only three years old. Over the next four years, she knew nothing but bombing, destruction, and fear. Her harrowing ordeal culminated in a brutal siege where she, her parents, and two younger brothers were trapped in Aleppo, with little access to food, water, medicine, or other necessities. Facing death as bombs relentlessly fell around them—one of which completely destroyed their home—Bana and her family embarked on a perilous escape to Turkey. In Bana’s own words, and featuring short, affecting chapters by her mother, Fatemah, Dear World is not just a gripping account of a family endangered by war; it offers a uniquely intimate, child’s perspective on one of the biggest humanitarian crises in history. Bana has lost her best friend, her school, her home, and her homeland. But she has not lost her hope—for herself and for other children around the world who are victims and refugees of war and deserve better lives. Dear World is a powerful reminder of the resilience of the human spirit, the unconquerable courage of a child, and the abiding power of hope. It is a story that will leave you changed.

The Flamboya Tree

Author : Clara Olink Kelly
ISBN : 1740511476
Genre : Prisoners of war
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A heartbreaking account of the persecution and internment of a family by the Japanese during World War II, told from a child's point of view, THE FLAMBOYA TREE is both a tribute to a mother's resilience and a poignant and timeless story. Its simplicity and the universal message of a mother's wartime love and courage infuse an account of terrible hardship with hope and inspiration.At the age of fifty-eight, Clara Olink Kelly sat down to write her very first book. THE FLAMBOYA TREE is a lovingly written memoir that is a compelling tribute to her mother's resilience. Clara writes about her family's internment in a Japanese concentration camp on the beautiful Indonesian island of Java. Clara's mother, who led a pampered life before the war, enters the camp with three small children, including a six-week-old baby. Their father had already been taken away, forced to work on the Burma railroad. Through four unbearable, inhumane years of camp life, the Olinks survived, thanks to their mother's incredible tenacity.Told through the eyes of a young Clara, who was four at the beginning of her family's ordeal and eight when it ended, THE FLAMBOYA TREE poignantly portrays her mother's unflagging courage and the buoyancy of the human spirit. Just as the family's painting of a Flamboya tree - a favourite artifact of their former life - miraculously survives every last-minute flight and surprise search by the Japanese, Clara carries her mother's spirit of love, humour, and bravery through all of her experiences and into the reader's heart.

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