The stories collected shattered many lives, not the least the childhood of the person telling. Several of them never recovered after their childhood ended.
A short biography of William Bailey, an American who stood his ground against Hitler’s Germany, in New York harbor, at a time when the US was solidly neutral.
American Spy tells of Marie Mitchell works as an FBI intelligence officer, but cannot break into the old boys club being an African-American woman.
The Allies: Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II – recounts how Russia became and unlikely ally with the US & England
Four Soldiers is a short novel about members of the Russian Army fighting the Civil War in 1919. Mr. Mingarelli won the Prix Medici prize in 2003 for this novel
The narrative is very absorbing and powerful, I was especially fascinated to read how decisions in the upper echelons of government impact the little person on the street who just wants a good job and a warm meal.
“The Lacuna” by Barbara Kingsolver is the fictional story of Harrison William Sheppard, a quite boy of a dull American bureaucrat and a saucy Mexican mother. Sheppard, as he prefers to be called, spends his childhood with his mother in Mexico filling out notebooks with stories and memories while she chases rich prospective suitors. 544 pages ISBN-13 : 978-006085258 Publisher : Harper Perennial Language : English My rating for The Lacuna– 4 Buy The Lacuna from Amazon.com* More Books by Barbara Kingsolver* We meet Sheppard at age 12, living on the small island of Isla Pixol the lonely boy befriends the cook who teaches him how to cook and turns Sheppard into a sous-chef. Isla Pixol doesn’t have a school but as an avid reader Sheppard gets lost in the library, where his mother only allows him to read four books a week, and with his notebook. The boy’s mother, while pursuing another prospective husband, a “Mr. Produce the Cash”, drags poor Sheppard to Mexico City. Sheppard tries to reunite with his father, who promptly puts him in a military academy in Washington DC where Sheppard gets accidentally tangled up in the Bonus March Riots – and returns to his mother’s…