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The Children S Crusade

Author : Ann Packer
ISBN : 9781476710464
Genre : Fiction
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From New York Times bestselling, award-winning author Ann Packer, a “tour de force family drama” (Elle) that explores the secrets and desires, the remnant wounds and saving graces of one California family, over the course of five decades. Bill Blair finds the land by accident, three wooded acres in a rustic community south of San Francisco. The year is 1954, long before anyone will call this area Silicon Valley. Struck by a vision of his future family, Bill buys the property and proposes to Penny Greenway, a woman whose yearning attitude toward life appeals to him. In less than a decade they have four children. Yet Penny is a mercurial housewife, overwhelmed and undersatisfied, chafing at the conventions confining her. Years later, the three oldest Blair children, adults now and still living near the family home, are disrupted by the return of the youngest, whose sudden presence sets off a struggle over the family’s future. One by one, they tell their stories, which reveal Packer’s “great compassion for her characters, with their ancient injuries, their blundering desires. The way she tangles their perspectives perfectly, painfully captures the tumult of selves within a family” (MORE Magazine). Reviewers have praised Ann Packer’s “brilliant ear for character” (The New York Times Book Review) and her “naturalist’s vigilance for detail, so that her characters seem observed rather than invented” (The New Yorker). Her talents are on dazzling display in The Children’s Crusade, “an absorbing novel that celebrates family even as it catalogs its damages” (People, Book of the Week). This is a “superb storyteller” (San Francisco Chronicle), Ann Packer’s most deeply affecting book yet, “tragic and utterly engrossing” (O, The Oprah Magazine).
Category: Fiction

Slaughterhouse 5

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
ISBN : 9781446485569
Genre : Fiction
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‘The great, urgent, passionate American writer of our century, who offers us a model of the kind of compassionate thinking that might yet save us from ourselves.’ George Saunders Prisoner of war, optometrist, time-traveller – these are the life roles of Billy Pilgrim, hero of this miraculously moving, bitter and funny story of innocence faced with apocalypse. Slaughterhouse Five is one of the world’s great anti-war books. Centring on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden in the Second World War, Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey through time reflects the journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know. ‘An extraordinary success. A book to read and reread. He is a true artist’ New York Times Book Review
Category: Fiction

Slaughterhouse Five Or The Children S Crusade

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
ISBN : 487187916X
Genre : Fiction
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Slaughterhouse-Five is part autobiographical, part science-fiction, part sarcastic master work by Kurt Vonnegut. It is often assigned by college and high school reading and writing classes, especially when our President wants us to go out and kill somebody. Slaughterhouse-Five came out in 1969 near the height of the War in Vietnam. At that time, our President told us the Vietnam War was a war we had to fight to protect the freedom loving people of South Vietnam from being overwhelmed by the Communist North. We lost that war. Kurt Vonnegut's long awaited war novel proved to be a miracle of compression. It is a contemporary Pilgram's Progress with a hero named curiously enough Billy Pilgrim. He is the son of an American barber. He serves as a chaplain's assistant in the Second World War, is captured by the Germans, survives the largest massacre in European history, the fire bombing of Dresden. (Vonnegut, too, was a prisoner of war and saw that fire storm.) Billy Pilgrim becomes an optometrist after the war, makes a great deal of money, is kidnapped by a flying saucer from the planet Tralfamadore on his daughter's wedding night. He is mated in a public zoo on that planet - to a star of many Earthling blue movies, the gorgeous Montana Wildhack. And so on. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. speaks to the younger generation. Once mistakenly typed as a science-fiction writer, he is now recognized as a main-stream story teller often fascinated by the magic and comic possibilities of the magazines. His books are widely used in college courses and the groundswell of his present popularity began on college campuses where he was in great demand as a speaker.
Category: Fiction

Free Country A Tale Of The Children S Crusade

Author : Neil Gaiman
ISBN : 9781401262396
Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
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The Dead Boy Detectives are on the case. When several children go missing in a small English town, a series of strange and unexpected twists take them to Free Country, a place that dates back a millennium, where children never grow old and are free from the abuse and tyranny of adults. But Free Country is failing, and what it needs is the strength of five innately powerful children-including the young sorcerer Timothy Hunter-to restore their uncanny world to what it once was. Collects THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE #1 and THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE #2, written by Gaiman with cowriters Alisa Kwitney and Jamie Delano. A brand-new middle chapter written by DEAD BOY DETECTIVES writer Toby Litt and drawn by artist Peter Gross (THE BOOKS OF MAGIC, THE UNWRITTEN) completes this compelling tale of ancient history, stolen dreams and lost children. Also featuring a new introduction by Gaiman, plus new cover art by DEAD BOY DETECTIVES artist Mark Buckingham.
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

The Books Of Magic 3 The Children S Crusade

Author : Carla Jablonski
ISBN : 0064473813
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Thirteen-year-old Tim Hunter is lured through a magic gate to Free Country, a place of refuge for children, where he uses his powers to thwart a hidden evil.
Category: Juvenile Fiction

The Children S Crusade

Author : Elliott Hall
ISBN : 9781848545144
Genre : Fiction
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***Perfect for fans of Black Mirror and The Handmaid's Tale*** In America, the End of Days has finally arrived. Felix Strange has had a ring-side seat as the USA has transformed into a fundamentalist state. Now he has nothing left to lose. In the deserts of the American Southwest, a new militant group called the Sons of David have risen. Joshua, their prophet and leader, promises to do what the nation's brutal religious leaders could not: wash away the corrupt old world, and bring about the Second Coming. All Strange has to do to make this nightmare end is assassinate this new Messiah. The problem? He's twelve years old. The Children's Crusade is the final instalment of Elliott Hall's cult hit Strange Trilogy, revealing the frighteningly real ways in which America has completed its transformation into a totalitarian state. Praise for Elliott Hall 'Strange's sardonic wit makes him the perfect guide to his troublingly familiar landscape' - Guardian 'Ingenious and witty' - Daily Telegraph 'Outstanding' - Independent 'Wonderful' - The Times 'An ingenious twist . . . Hall's novel combines pacy storytelling with a disturbing dystopian vision' - Mail on Sunday
Category: Fiction

Fleeing The Children S Crusade

Author : Travis Godbold
ISBN : 9781411693432
Genre : History
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In the German ranks during World War II, there were not only young adults but also teenagers who were seventeen years old, fighting for a sinister cause. This is the story of a Waffen SS recruit in the midst of the dying days of the Reich. The main character, Otto, is a sensitive soldier, afraid of living up to the manly Nazi ideal. In battle, he is one motorcyclist amongst a company of elite policemen ordered to squash Tito's uprising in Slovenia. Imagine the suffering and misunderstanding of a seventeen-year-old boy, fighting a war glorified before and then made confusing as he enters an atmosphere clamored with horrifying experiences. This novel is filled with suspense and heartbreaking moments. It is war in its true color and is different from any war novel for its unique slant on a confused nonpatriotic soldier who is thrown into a hopeless fight against a Communist insurgency.
Category: History

The Children S Crusade

Author : Eugene C. Bianchi
ISBN : 097993902X
Genre : Child sexual abuse by clergy
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I ask myself why I wrote this novel. In part it was the pleasure of creating a story and imagining characters coming alive. And the characters do take on a life of their own, both in my head and, I hope, on the page. But I was also struck by the stunning revelations about the abuse of children by religious professionals. It is arguably the greatest crisis in Catholicism in a very long time. I grew up in this tradition and spent two decades in the Jesuit order. I went on to teach religious studies at Emory University. The play "Doubt," by John Patrick Shanley, further stimulated my interest in approaching the topic via fiction. The interplay of respecting the primacy of the literary, while being engulfed in a storm of contemporary information on children abused by priests, presents its own problems. How does a writer keep from being an essayist under the guise of a novelist? I wanted my characters to be as alive as possible and not just carriers of ideology. Whether I succeeded to some extent is for others to judge. But I kept posing that dilemma to myself as I went along.
Category: Child sexual abuse by clergy

Specimen Days

Author : Michael Cunningham
ISBN : 0374706247
Genre : Fiction
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In each section of Michael Cunningham's bold new novel, his first since The Hours, we encounter the same group of characters: a young boy, an older man, and a young woman. "In the Machine" is a ghost story that takes place at the height of the industrial revolution, as human beings confront the alienating realities of the new machine age. "The Children's Crusade," set in the early twenty-first century, plays with the conventions of the noir thriller as it tracks the pursuit of a terrorist band that is detonating bombs, seemingly at random, around the city. The third part, "Like Beauty," evokes a New York 150 years into the future, when the city is all but overwhelmed by refugees from the first inhabited planet to be contacted by the people of Earth. Presiding over each episode of this interrelated whole is the prophetic figure of the poet Walt Whitman, who promised his future readers, "It avails not, neither time or place . . . I am with you, and know how it is." Specimen Days is a genre-bending, haunting, and transformative ode to life in our greatest city and a meditation on the direction and meaning of America's destiny. It is a work of surpassing power and beauty by one of the most original and daring writers at work today.
Category: Fiction

A Little Child Shall Lead Them

Author : Norman E. Stephenson
ISBN : 0595232213
Genre : Fiction
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In the year 1212 A.D. a young boy named Steven led of an army of children to the Holy Land to free it of its Moslem overlords. This is the story of the Children's Crusade, and the horrors that the children endured.
Category: Fiction