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The Drownt Boy

It had been many years since Art Homer had spent time in the region where he grew up as the child of subsistence farmers. In this beautifully written true tale, Homer returns to the Missouri Ozarks...


Howling in Mesopotamia

ON JULY 14, 2003, I left Kuwait on a C-130 transport plane bound for Baghdad, the city of my ancestors and a place I had not been for thirteen years. Two nations could legitimately claim me as their...


16 Extraordinary American Women

Highlight the achievements of people who have changed American life and history! Eleanor Roosevelt Georgia O'Keeffe Bonnie Blair Rachel Carson Dorothea Lange Ella Fitzgerald Rosalyn Sussman Yalow...


Don't Come Back Until You Find it

NEW YORK - It is the early 1940s, and a horse-drawn wooden cart works its way down the strip - Manhattan's Upper East Side. The driver loads his cart at various opulent buildings - with help from...


Homeland

A tribute to a generation of survivors, Mordecai Hacohen's powerful memoir recounts the little-known clandestine immigration of Jews from Nazi-controlled Europe to Israel, the foundation of the State...


16 Extraordinary Young Americans

Highlight the achievements of people who have changed American life and history! Benjamin West Phillis Wheatley Maria Mitchell Allen Jay Mary Jane Dilworth Orion Howe Wilma Rudolph Melba Pattillo...


16 Extraordinary Native Americans

Highlight the achievements of people who have changed American life and history! Nancy Ward Tecumseh Sequoyah Sacagawea Sitting Bull Chief Joseph Sarah Winnemucca Ishi Susan LaFlesche Picotte Jim...


16 Extraordinary Hispanic Americans

Highlight the achievements of people who have changed American life and history! Cesar Chavez Dolores Huerta Joan Baez Ellen Ochoa Jaime Escalente Edward James Olmos Judy Baca Sandra Cisneros Roberto...


16 Extraordinary African Americans

Highlight the achievements of people who have changed American life and history! Sojourner Truth Frederick Douglass Harriet Tubman Ida B. Wells-Barnett Mary McLeod Bethune Booker T. Washington W.E.B....


The Day the Sun Rose in the West

On March 1, 1954, the U.S. exploded a hydrogen bomb at Bikini in the South Pacific. The fifteen-megaton bomb was a thousand times more powerful than the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, and its...


My Viet

Twentieth-century America reduced Vietnam to "'Nam": the surreal site of a military nightmare. The early twenty-first century has seen the revision of this image to recognize the people and culture...


Child of War

Hours after attacking Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Japanese bombers stormed across the Philippine city of Baguio, where seven-year-old Curt Tong, the son of American missionaries, hid with his...


From Okinawa to the Americas

Between 1889 and 1940 more than 40,000 Okinawan contract laborers emigrated to plantations in Hawaii, Brazil, the Philippines, and Peru. In 1912 seventeen-year-old Hana Kaneshi accompanied her...


Reflections in a Glass Door

Much has been written about Natsume Soseki (1867-1916), one of Japan's most celebrated writers. Known primarily for his novels, he also published a large and diverse body of short personal writings...


A Japanese Robinson Crusoe

First published in 1898 and long out of print, Jenichiro Oyabe's "A Japanese Robinson Crusoe" is a pioneering work of Asian American literature. It recounts Oyabe's (1867-1941) early life in Japan,...


We Fought the Navy and Won

"We Fought the Navy and Won" is a carefully documented yet impassioned recollection of Guam's struggle to liberate itself from the absolutist rule of the U.S. Navy. Doloris Cogan concentrates on five...


Combat Chaplain

In June 1944, twenty-seven-year-old combat infantry chaplain Israel Yost arrived in Italy with the 100th Battalion, a little-known National Guard unit of mostly Japanese Americans from Hawai'i. Yost...


Turning Pages

By the early 1920s, "ladies magazines" (fujin zasshi) had become a distinct category in Japanese publishing. Women's periodicals increasingly influenced intellectual discourse, the literary...


Telling Lives

In this fascinating collection of translations, Telling Lives looks at the self-writing of five Japanese women who came of age during the decades leading up to World War II. Following an introduction...


Telling Lives

In this fascinating collection of translations, Telling Lives looks at the self-writing of five Japanese women who came of age during the decades leading up to World War II. Following an introduction...


Fighting Tradition

Determined to be a U.S. Marine Corps officer, Bruce Yamashita enrolled in Officer Candidate School, where he was the target of persistent racial harassment by officers and staff. After enduring nine...


The Pacific Way: a Memoir

Ratu Sir Kamisese's thoughtful and entertaining memoir of his personal and political life candidly outlines significant events in the development of Fiji, a plural society for which The Pacific Way...


Fighting Tradition

Determined to be a U.S. Marine Corps officer, Bruce Yamashita enrolled in Officer Candidate School, where he was the target of persistent racial harassment by officers and staff. After enduring nine...


The Green Desert

The story of one burned-out advertising executive's silent retreat in the Sonoran desert, this heartfelt diary of 15 days in the desert chronicles her inner journey from a comfortable life to...


Running from the Devil

What's a kid to do when recurring hallucinations lead him to believe that he's possessed by the devil? In the case of one boy with an over-active imagination and a Catholic parochial school...


The Village and Beyond

In a neighborhood jammed with look-alike clapboard houses in a South Carolina Cotton mill village, author William Hale grew up as an inquisitive boy who climbed trees, played sandlot baseball, and...


The Village and Beyond

In a neighborhood jammed with look-alike clapboard houses in a South Carolina Cotton mill village, author William Hale grew up as an inquisitive boy who climbed trees, played sandlot baseball, and...


Between the Bylines

Thoburn H. "Toby" Wiant was a fighter from an early age, and words were his weapons of choice. During World War II, he fought to scoop stories from rival reporters on the front lines as an Associated...


The Rat That Got Away

The Rat That Got Away is an inspiring story of one man's odyssey from the streets of the Bronx to a life as a professional athlete and banker in Europe, but it is also provides a unique vantage point...


The Rat That Got Away

The Rat That Got Away is an inspiring story of one man's odyssey from the streets of the Bronx to a life as a professional athlete and banker in Europe, but it is also provides a unique vantage point...