"First as a spokesman for the Whig and then the Democratic parties, Cushing served in Congress, as the minister to China, as a general in the Mexican War, as U.S. attorney general, and as a legal advisor and diplomatic operative for Presidents Lincoln, Johnson, and Grant. With an unharnessed mind and probing intellect, Cushing inspired and infuriated contemporaries with his strident views on such topics as race relations and gender roles, national expansion, and the legitimacy of secession. While his positions generated arguments and garnered enemies, his views often mirrored those of many Americans. His abilities and talents sustained him in public service and made him one of the most outstanding and fascinating figures of the era."--Jacket.
In 1938 Berlin, Germany, a cat sees Rosenstrasse change from a peaceful neighborhood of Jews and Gentiles to an unfriendly place where, one November night, men in brown shirts destroy Jewish-owned businesses and arrest or kill Jewish people. Includes facts about Kristallnacht and a list of related books and web resources.
Doctor/singer/teacher/author Meredith Kennedy chronicles her adventures on five continents, as she leads student groups through Africa and New Zealand, performs as a singer, and explores culture, environment, music, and the recipe for the elusive Broken Glass Cake. Broken Glass Cake: Adventures off the Beaten Path explores the moment and transcends the ordinary by rescuing live seafood, carrying on 3 a.m. conversations with a can of bug spray, delivering a cow by flashlight, searching for giant nocturnal crustaceans, dancing in a spirit possession ceremony, hoping for first contact with extraterrestrials, and making music videos on the island of Zanzibar. Dr. Kennedy's chronicles of life off the beaten path take her from Africa to the South Pacific, to Europe and Central America, all sprinkled with wry humor and delight in the unexpected, with the occasional foray into time warps and imaginary historical characters. Her adventures with her students as she directs college semester abroad programs in remote locations continue to reveal how life happens while you're making plans.Meredith Kennedy is a veterinarian, with a master's degree in vocal performance, and was an Academic Director for World Learning Inc. for ten years in Africa and New Zealand. She is an emergency vet by night, a singer by day and lives in Palo Alto, California, but spends much of her time traveling around the world. Now working on the sequel, Betrayed by the False Banana, Dr. Kennedy writes to avoid sleepwalking through life as a channel-surfing consumer confined by a rampant comfort zone. http: //SBPRA.com/MeredithKenned
Chanrithy Him felt compelled to tell of surviving life under the Khmer Rouge in a way "worthy of the suffering which I endured as a child." In a mesmerizing story, Chanrithy Him vividly recounts her trek through the hell of the "killing fields." She gives us a child's-eye view of a Cambodia where rudimentary labor camps for both adults and children are the norm and modern technology no longer exists. Death becomes a companion in the camps, along with illness. Yet through the terror, the members of Chanrithy's family remain loyal to one another, and she and her siblings who survive will find redeemed lives in America. A Finalist for the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize.
Dennis Carney is a fourteen year old high school freshman who loves baseball. When his mother mentions a vacation that could interfere with his summer baseball camp he responds unenthusiastically, needing the camp to ensure his place on the junior varsity team next year. He wonders if she'll ask his ten year old sister Millie her view. During the discussion, a glass of water slides out of his mother's hand, crashing to the floor. To Dennis and Millie, it looked as if their mother had purposely just let it go. Mom says it's just a broken glass and asks that they not mention it to their father who is at work in the firehouse. Den feels it's more than that, so he secretly texts his dad about what happened. This begins the family's roller coaster ride that comes after a diagnosis of MS.
This book is a candid family saga that weaves together conflict and redemption. Maggie is a widow, and her four adult children are navigating their own complicated lives while blaming their parents for the way they were raised. In the unexpected company of a nurse who is hired to help her while she is recovering from an accident, Maggie encounters a young person who is unlike her children in almost every respect. Disarmed by the acceptance of her young companion, Maggie sorts through the rubble of her memories and reveals secrets she has kept from her own children because she feared their judgment and rejection. Discovering the courage that comes from facing her own ghosts, Maggie mends family relationships where she can and makes room in her heart to accept her family as it is.
"Leah Thornton's life, like her Southern Living home, has great curb appeal. But a paralyzing encounter with a can of frozen apple juice in the supermarket shatters the facade, forcing her to admit that all is not as it appears. When her best friend getsin Leah's face about her refusal to deal with her life, Leah is forced to make a decision. Can this brand-conscious socialite walk away from the country club into 28 days of rehab? Can she leave what she has now to gain back what she needs? Joy, sadness,and pain and a new strength converge, testing her marriage, her friendships, and her faith." --Cover, p. 4.