Operation Homecoming

So you just sit there and smile politely, thank them for their homecoming, and try to get out of there as soon as you can, before the bitterness and anger seep through. I'm bitter at their weakness and their ingratitude.

Author: Andrew Carroll

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781588365712

Category: History

Page: 416

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“Here is what you will not find in the news–the personal cost of war written as clear and beautiful as literature worthy of the name is. These stories are the real thing, passionate, imaginative, searing.” –Richard Bausch, author of Wives & Lovers The first book of its kind, Operation Homecoming is the result of a major initiative launched by the National Endowment for the Arts to bring distinguished writers to military bases and inspire U.S. Marines, soldiers, sailors, and airmen and their families to record their wartime experiences. Encouraged by such authors as Tom Clancy, Mark Bowden, Bobbie Ann Mason, Tobias Wolff, Jeff Shaara, and Marilyn Nelson, American military personnel and their loved ones wrote candidly about what they saw, heard, and felt while in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as on the home front. Taken together, these almost one hundred never-before-published eyewitness accounts, private journals, short stories, letters, and other personal writings become a dramatic narrative that shows the human side of warfare. • the fear and exhilaration of heading into battle; • the interactions between U.S. forces and Afghans and Iraqis, both as enemies and friends; • the boredom, gripes, and humorous incidents of day-to-day life on the front lines; • the anxiety and heartache of worried spouses, parents, and other loved ones on the home front; • the sheer brutality of warfare and the physical and emotional toll it takes on those who fight; • the tearful homecomings for those who returned to the States alive– and the somber ceremonies for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their nation. From riveting combat accounts to profound reflections on warfare and the pride these troops feel for one another, Operation Homecoming offers an unflinching and intensely revealing look into the lives of extraordinary men and women. What they have written is without question some of the greatest wartime literature ever published. “Andrew Carroll has given America a priceless treasure.” –Tom Brokaw, on War Letters Proceeds from this book will be used to provide arts and cultural programming to U.S. military communities. For more information, please go to www.OperationHomecoming.gov.


Critical praise for JILL Marie LANDIS and her novels “Jill Marie Landis's emotional stories will stay Homecoming Jill MarieLandis. with youlongafter you've finished reading.” — New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah “Jill ...

Author: Jill Marie Landis

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 1472089316

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Tell me who I am. Tell me where I belong. I am a woman without a name, without a home....


EPILOGUE The Homecoming Dance began this book by sharing about my “tears at a homecoming” in South Africa when I first visited in 2000. When I returned to South Africa with my family in 2002 to speak at the same conference, ...

Author: Curtiss Paul DeYoung

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1498225187

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

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An invitation to reclaim our worth as persons created in the image of God. Both scholarly and personal, Curtiss Paul DeYoung's profound public journey has intersected again and again with social realities of injustice and alienation. He graciously shares here his compelling story of hope and reconciliation. New insights and new challenges arise as he encounters Desmond Tutu, Malaak Shabazz, Rabbi Menachem Froman, Sojourner Truth, Samuel Ruiz Garcia, Lani Guinier, Cain Hope Felder, James Earl Massey, Mary McLeod Bethune, Ronald Takaki, Samuel Hines, Howard Thurman, and many others. The hallmarks of DeYoung's engaging narrative are spiritual transformation, innovative leadership, and creative courage.

Homecoming Queens

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR HOMECOMING QUEENS “Homecoming Queens is a fascinating window onto rural queer life. Through the experiences of the novel's protagonist, Jackson, a bisexual, polyamorous man who leaves Tampa to support his spouses in ...

Author: J. E. Sumerau

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9463512098

Category: Education

Page: 20

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“It’s hard for me to keep a straight face at the thought of living in a place called Queens with my husband and former homecoming queen wife,” Jackson thinks when his spouses inform him of their desire to move back to their hometown following the death of a parent. In Homecoming Queens, this decision sets in motion events that will dramatically transform the three spouses, their understanding of the past, and the town itself. As Jackson Garner leaves Tampa, he introduces us to Queens, a small town in Georgia situated between Atlanta and Augusta. In Queens, Jackson, Crystal and Lee encounter supportive regulars at the diner they take over from Crystal’s father as well as hostile locals who find bisexuality, polyamory, and other “alternative” lifestyles unsavory. They also confront the traumatic event that led Crystal and Lee to leave town after high school. Along the way, they face the history and ghosts of the town, the tension between an LGBT friendly pastor and some of his anti-LGBT congregants, the struggles of a kid seeking gender transition, and the ongoing battle between progress and tradition in the American south. Homecoming Queens can be read purely for pleasure or used as supplemental reading for courses in sexualities, gender, relationships, sociology, families, religion, the life course, the American south, identities, culture, intersectionality, and arts-based research. “Witty, action-packed, and full of surprises, Homecoming Queens will speak to anyone who has ever tried to go home again. Sumerau’s novel is an eye-opening read that sheds light on the dynamics of polyamory and queer presence in the Deep South. Secrets and mysteries intertwine with friendships new and old as the three spouses navigate Queens as sexually non-conforming adults.” – Katie Acosta, Ph.D., Georgia State University and author of Amigas y Amantes: Sexually Nonconforming Latinas Negotiate Family “Homecoming Queens educates you about being queer, trans, and poly in the South while also entertaining you with a captivating story from start to finish. Seriously, this story should be turned into a play or movie – or both!” – Eric Anthony Grollman, Ph.D., University of Richmond and Editor of Conditionallyaccepted.com “Homecoming Queens shows that while the past may sometimes reverberate into our present, it does not necessarily have to define our present or the futures we seek. This book will keep you guessing and wondering long after you’ve read it.” – Lorena Garcia, Ph.D., University of Illinois Chicago and author of Respect Yourself, Protect Yourself: Latina Girls and Sexual Identity J. E. Sumerau is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Tampa. Their writing focuses on sexualities, gender, religion, and health in the interpersonal and historical experiences of sexual, gender, and religious minorities. They are also the author of two previous novels – Cigarettes & Wine and Essence. For more information, visit www.jsumerau.com

African Homecoming

Moreover, homecoming has been debated outside the realm of cultural tourism with regard to investment policies and citizenship rights. Homecoming, as I discuss it here, therefore not only designates a specific travel practice but also ...

Author: Katharina Schramm

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131543539X

Category: Social Science

Page: 319

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African Americans and others in the African diaspora have increasingly “come home” to Africa to visit the sites at which their ancestors were enslaved and shipped. In this nuanced analysis of homecoming, Katharina Schramm analyzes how a shared rhetoric of the (Pan-)African family is produced among African hosts and Diasporan returnees and at the same time contested in practice. She examines the varying interpretations and appropriations of significant sites (e.g. the slave forts), events (e.g. Emancipation Day) and discourses (e.g. repatriation) in Ghana to highlight these dynamics. From this, she develops her notions of diaspora, home, homecoming, memory and identity that reflect the complexity and multiple reverberations of these cultural encounters beyond the sphere of roots tourism.

Isaiah 53 in the Light of Homecoming After Exile

FREDRIK HÄGGLUND Isaiah 53 in the Light of Homecoming after Exile Forschungen zum Alten Testament 2. Reihe 31 Mohr Siebeck Forschungen zum Alten Testament 2. Reihe Edited by Bernd Janowski. Front Cover.

Author: Fredrik Hägglund

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 9783161497735

Category: Religion

Page: 200

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In this study, Fredrik Hagglund presents an interpretation based on a hypothesis that conflicts emerged between the people in the land of Israel and those who returned from exile. He analyzes these conflicts with the help of contemporary refugee studies, other texts of the Old Testament, and also relevant passages in Isa 40-55. At the end of the exile, there was hope that the deported people would return to Israel, that it would be rebuilt, and that Jerusalem would again flourish. This hope is most clearly expressed in Isa 40:1-52:10. However, as time went by, there was a realization that the envisaged glorious return was in reality a rather limited return, and the joy of receiving those who returned had turned into conflicts, not least regarding the possession of land and the availability of places to live. In this situation, someone probably reflected on the message of Isa 40:1-52:10 and sought to understand what had gone wrong. Isa 53 was then inserted as an explanation of how the people in the land of Israel, i.e. the we, should have received those who returned, i.e. the servant. If this embrace had taken place, Mother Zion would have rejoiced, as described in Isa 54. Instead of these pictures painted for us in Isa 53 and 54, we encounter the reality of the conflicts described in Isa 56-66.

Homecoming Homicides

Oneyear later, another homecoming queen had beenfounddead in the stadium right before shewas dueto be crowned at the homecoming football game, andone girl from the homecoming court almostevery days week since had gone missing and then ...

Author: Marilyn Baron

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press Inc

ISBN: 162830197X

Category: Fiction

Page: 260

View: 400

Professional crisis manager Philippa Tannenbaum is spokesperson for the law enforcement task force charged with solving a high-profile case. She never dreams her position as Homecoming Pageant Director and her second-place finish in the previous year's competition has placed her on a serial killer's hit list. Always a runner-up in life, she wants to finally come in first at finding the killer targeting the current crop of beauties. Her friend Luke Slaughter, a Graysville city cop, shows up at Philippa's office, assigned to partner with her in solving the case and to protect her 24/7 for the duration. Unfortunately, he's also the man she hooked up with for a one-night stand when she broke up with her fiancé. Working with her is going to be less than easy, for a number of reasons...

Secrets Bluegrass Homecoming

CONTENTS Secrets: Bluegrass Homecoming Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Four Chapter Five Chapter Six Chapter Seven Chapter Eight Chapter Nine Chapter Ten Chapter Eleven Chapter Twelve Chapter Thirteen Chapter Fourteen ...

Author: Jan Scarbrough

Publisher: Saddle Horse Press

ISBN: 099719197X

Category: Fiction


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Schoolteacher Kelly Baron raised her child alone. Now that her daughter’s grown and married, Kelly can finally start her new life in North Carolina, responsible only for herself. She has just one more thing to do: help her mother. To do so, she must return to Heritage Springs, Kentucky, the place she’d fled years before. Back then she’d been nothing but a small-town girl from the wrong side of the tracks, hiding a secret that could have destroyed lives. Newly divorced lawyer Rob Scott seeks solace for his heartache in his small-town roots. Maybe being an incurable romantic isn’t smart for a lawyer who has to deal with hard facts. The last thing he’s looking for is a relationship. He’d made millions in Chicago, but in his heart he’s always kept a secret dream, a desire he’s never told anyone. Then he runs into Kelly, the girl who’d disappeared from his life years ago, leaving behind only hurt and unanswered questions. Kelly’s kept her secret all these years. But sometimes the only way to build a future is to face the past.

The Homecoming

His finger was pointing at the accidental picture of me getting soaked by the shore break, and incredibly, even through the cold, drenching sea spray, I had still managed to keep sort of a smile on my face! Part Three Homecoming Chapter ...

Author: David Ludwig Eggert

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing

ISBN: 1608607984

Category: Fiction

Page: 238

View: 991

After Randy Newman is released from a Vietcong POW camp in 1969, The Homecoming that takes place back in America isn't the one he expected. Thrust back to a world he hasn't seen in six years, Randy is confused and begins having hallucinations. At a train station, he sees a poster of a boy and girl on the beach. The girl transforms into Natalie, his first love, and his search begins. Meanwhile, Natalie's life hasn't turned out the way she imagined either. In the years Randy was away in Vietnam, Natalie clings to the hope he will eventually return. But about the time he does set foot back in California, Natalie has just met another man and thinks she's falling in love. As Randy watches war demonstrations and senses the dark mood of the nation, he turns to drink and other women, but Natalie is still in his heart. Not knowing that she is in an abusive relationship, he vows to leave California and start life anew elsewhere - until he and Natalie finally meet face to face. Author David Ludwig Eggert brings us back to the days of California surfer dudes and anti-war demonstrations. Raised in Long Beach, California, he now lives in Washington State. The author of several books, Eggert's own favorite writers are Ian Fleming, James Michener, John Jakes, Steven King, John D. McDonald and Herman Wouk. Author's website: http: //www.davidleggertauthor.com/ Publisher's website: http: //www.eloquentbooks.com/TheHomecoming.ht

Bluegrass Homecoming Trilogy

Copyright © 2016 Jan Scarbrough Scarbrough, Jan Secrets: Bluegrass Homecoming Media > Books > Fiction > Romance Novels Category/Tags: second chances, secret baby, wedding, seasoned romance, contemporary women, later in life Digital ...

Author: Jan Scarbrough

Publisher: Saddle Horse Press, LLC

ISBN: 1734371447

Category: Fiction


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3 generations, 3 second chances The Prequel Grace Baron had always been the good wife, despite a marriage based on a careless indiscretion, and sustained not by love, but by old-fashioned morality. She’d raised her daughter, bit her tongue, and silently lived with her guilt. Now that she’s a widow, she can’t help being glad for her sudden freedom. Howard Scott’s gentle, old-fashioned courting makes Grace feel alive again. Would marrying Howard be the trap Grace fears, or would it finally give her a kind of freedom she’d never imagined? Secrets Schoolteacher Kelly Baron raised her child alone. Now that her daughter’s grown and married, Kelly can finally start her new life, responsible only for herself. She has just one more thing to do: help her mother. To do so, she must return to Heritage Springs, Kentucky, the place she’d fled years before. Newly divorced lawyer Rob Scott seeks solace for his heartache in his small-town roots. The last thing he’s looking for is a relationship. Then he runs into Kelly, the girl who’d disappeared from his life years ago, leaving behind only hurt and unanswered questions. Kelly’s kept her secret all these years. But sometimes the only way to build a future is to face the past. Nom de Plume Divorced, with her dreams of a big, happy family smashed to pieces, C.B Lyons takes her son to live near family. Typing manuscripts for a famous author is the perfect job until she discovers the hidden truth about the reclusive writer. Madison Mallory is a best-selling romance author with a secret. “She” is a “he.” The original Madison is in a nursing home. Her son, Jamie Madison, is determined she’ll have the best care possible. Even if that taking up his mother’s pen name. Writing about romance is one thing. Making it work in real life is harder. When C.B.’s ex wants his family back, can the author and his assistant find a way to write their own happily-ever-after ending?