Sleeping Letters

Author: Marie-Elsa R. Bragg

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473570565

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 92

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'This is a beautiful book, a remarkable, cadenced recollection of how grief lives in the body. It is poetry as a kind of dance. You have to read it' EDMUND DE WAAL A unique, intimate and beautiful exploration of grief, loss, healing and faith, that looks back to the childhood moment when Marie-Elsa R. Bragg's mother committed suicide We sat in the kitchen across the small wooden table from each other. She cried like banks bursting, then silence; like winds blowing through her shoulders, chest bouncing, then long shallow breaths. She ruptured and I watched, still, emotionless. ‘You must stop crying.’ When Marie-Elsa R. Bragg was just 6 years old, her mother committed suicide. Now, many years later, Marie-Elsa returns to that night. Going back to that moment, inhabiting this defining tragedy, allows for an exploration of the grief but also brings healing – as well as the affirmation that it is her experiences as a priest that have carried her. In a unique and remarkable mix of prose and poetry, and written partly as a series of unsent letters to both her mother and father, Sleeping Letters is a way of connecting to past family, an attempt to reconcile with loss, as well as a radical exploration of Marie-Elsa’s own faith. While harrowing and unforgettable, it is also an immensely beautiful book, with a luminous sense of a daughter’s love.

Four Brothers in Blue, Or, Sunshine and Shadows of the War of the Rebellion

Author: Robert Goldthwaite Carter

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806131856

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 564

View: 4264


These letters, collected and transcribed by Captain Robert Goldthwaite Carter in the 1870s, are among the finest primary sources on the daily life of the Union soldier in the Civil War. Robert and his three brothers all saw action with the Army of the Potomac under its various commanders, Generals McClellan, Burnside, Hooker, Meade, and Grant. At times in pairs but often in neighboring units, they fought on the battlefields of Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Petersburg.

Literacy Centers for Reading Skills

Author: Dede Dodds,Traci Claisem

Publisher: Teacher Created Resources

ISBN: 0743937023

Category: Education

Page: 178

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Full-color, hands-on manipulatives give students meaningful, independent practice with sight words, phonics, and decoding. Simple activities give students a positive introduction to the process of writing responses to literature.

North Carolina Women

Author: Michele Gillespie,Sally G. McMillen

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820340022

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 425

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"This first of two volumes on North Carolina women chronicles the influence and accomplishments of individual women from the pre-Revolutionary period through the early 20th century. They represent a range of social and economic backgrounds, political stances, areas of influence, and geographical regions within the state. Even though North Carolina remained mostly rural until well into the twentieth century and the lives of most women centered on farm, family, and church, Gillespie and McMillen note that the state's people "exhibited a progressive streak that positively influenced women." Public funds were set aside to advance statewide education, private efforts after the Civil War led to the founding of numerous black schools and colleges, and in 1891 the General Assembly chartered the State Normal and Industrial School (later UNC-G) as one of the first publicly funded colleges for white women. By the late 19th century, as several essays in this volume reveal, education played a pivotal role in the lives of many white and black women. It inspired their activism and involvement in a world beyond their traditional domestic sphere"--

Hindsight

Author: Donna Balfe

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595186246

Category: Fiction

Page: 206

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In Hindsight Carla Whitewater, daughter of a WWII veteran blinded while serving as a pilot, tries to understand the background and events that led to the precipitous end of her childhood. Carla’s memories, conjectures, and family stories are interrupted periodically by conversations with her late father’s irreverent, insistent, and outspoken glass eye. Like soldiers throughout history, Carter Whitewater, bore the epigraph of war on both body and spirit. Courage and determination helped him overcome his disability, and with extraordinary intelligence, humor, and wit he initially appeared to be managing the difficult emotional and psychological realm of blindness. In reality, he increasingly used the anesthetizing effect of alcohol to subjugate his underlying anger and resentment about his situation. Cycles of elation and hope followed by despair and uncertainty were the continuing pattern of his life and consequently that of his family.

Sustaining Identity, Recapturing Heritage

Author: Ann Denkler

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739119923

Category: History

Page: 138

View: 9844


This book explores the complex web of public history, tourism, and race in Luray, VA, a small town in the Shenandoah Valley ensconced in Lost Cause heritage. By utilizing a diverse range of methodologies, including ethnography, this book demonstrates how contested race relations are in this area, and how racial exclusion interacts with the politics of public history.