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📒Huck S Raft ✍ Steven Mintz
✏Huck s Raft Book Summary : Explores many aspects of the changing societal role of children throughout American history, and credits the impact that children have had on major historical events.
📒An American Family ✍ Jeffrey Ruoff
✏An American Family Book Summary : Before 1973, the Loud family of Santa Barbara, California, lived in the privacy of their own home. With the airing of the documentary An American Family, that "privacy" extended to every American home with a television. This book is the first to offer a close look at An American Family -- the documentary that blurred conventions, stirred passions, revised impressions of family life and definitions of private and public, and began the breakdown of distinctions between reality and spectacle that culminated in cultural phenomena from The Oprah Winfrey Show to Survivor.
📒The Perfect Response ✍ Gary C. Woodward
✏The Perfect Response Book Summary : The Perfect Response offers a framework for assessing the nature of fluency, and explaining the personal attributes that account for why some communicators excel more than most in connecting with others.
📒Shapers Of American Childhood ✍ Mark I. West
✏Shapers of American Childhood Book Summary : The experience of growing up in the U.S. is shaped by many forces. Relationships with parents and teachers are deeply personal and definitive. Social and economic contexts are broader and harder to quantify. Key individuals in public life have also had a marked impact on American childhood. These 18 new essays examine the influence of pivotal figures in the culture of 20th and 21st century childhood and child-rearing, from Benjamin Spock and Walt Disney to Ruth Handler, Barbie’s inventor, and Ernest Thompson Seton, founder of the Boy Scouts of America.
📒Raising The World ✍ Sara Fieldston
✏Raising the World Book Summary : Sara Fieldston shows how humanitarian child welfare agencies sponsored by Americans filtered political power through the prism of familial love after World War II. These well-meaning institutions shaped perceptions of the United States as the benevolent parent in a family of nations, and helped to expand American hegemony around the globe.
📒The Book Of Mormon Girl ✍ Joanna Brooks
✏The Book of Mormon Girl Book Summary : Story about leaving behind the innocence of childhood belief and embracing the complications and heartbreaks that come to every adult life of faith. Explores the author's journey through her faith, and the experience of being a Mormon.
📒Home After Exile ✍ Elizabeth Ayres
✏Home After Exile Book Summary : What does home mean to you? The spiritual autobiography "Home After Exile" begins in an orphanage. The author's adopted father dies when she's six. Her adopted mother says she's a worthless piece of garbage. Her stepfather haunts her bedroom at night. Through all that darkness, a mysterious 'something more' invites Ayres to a journey of spiritual growth. As a child, she builds altars in the woods to commune with a numinous Presence that is both More and All. As an adult, she sets out to find more prosaic cures for the loneliness that dogs her every step. Marriage. A convent. A search for her birthmother. Still it lures her on, that tantalizing glimpse of wholeness and belonging she had savored as a child. Fi-nally and miraculously given, in the most unlikely place of all. Annie Dillard, author of "An American Childhood," says, "Sumptuous, lyrical prose. The earth-centered spirituality of this inspiring life story is an archetype of redemption, changing the way we relate to ourselves, each other and the planet." The Franciscan theologian Ilia Delio, OSF, author of "The Unbearable Wholeness of Being," says, "In her uplifting memoir, Elizabeth Ayres opens her soul to the world, revealing an insuperable human spirit that remains - despite years of abuse and abandonment - infinitely free and deeply in love with the God of life. Ayres is an artist of the human spirit, whose spiritual journey through death into life bears witness to the power of that divine Love which carries us on eagles' wings.""
📒An American Marriage ✍ Tayari Jones
✏An American Marriage Book Summary : 'Tayari Jones is blessed with vision to see through to the surprising and devastating truths at the heart of ordinary lives, strength to wrest those truths free, and a gift of language to lay it all out, compelling and clear.' - Michael Chabon, author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay 'An American Marriage is a stunning, epic love story filled with breathtaking twists and turns, while bursting with realized and unrealized dreams.' - Edwidge Danticat, author of Breath, Eyes, Memory 'An American Marriage asks hard questions about injustice and betrayal, and answers them with a heartbreaking and genuinely suspenseful love story in which nobody's wrong and everybody's wounded.' - Tom Perrotta, author of Little Children Newlyweds, Celestial and Roy, are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. They are settling into the routine of their life together, when they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy's time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together. This stirring love story is a deeply insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward - with hope and pain - into the future.
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📒In Pieces ✍ Sally Field
✏In Pieces Book Summary : FREE PREVIEW In this intimate, haunting literary memoir, an American icon tells her story for the first time, and in her own gorgeous words--about a challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and a mother. One of the most celebrated, beloved, and enduring actors of our time, Sally Field has an infectious charm that has captivated the nation for more than five decades, beginning with her first TV role at the age of seventeen. From Gidget's sweet-faced "girl next door" to the dazzling complexity of Sybil to the Academy Award-worthy ferocity and depth of Norma Rae and Mary Todd Lincoln, Field has stunned audiences time and time again with her artistic range and emotional acuity. Yet there is one character who always remained hidden: the shy and anxious little girl within. With raw honesty and the fresh, pitch-perfect prose of a natural-born writer, and with all the humility and authenticity her fans have come to expect, Field brings readers behind-the-scenes for not only the highs and lows of her star-studded early career in Hollywood, but deep into the truth of her lifelong relationships--including her complicated love for her own mother. Powerful and unforgettable, In Pieces is an inspiring and important account of life as a woman in the second half of the twentieth century.