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Hero mama : a daughter remembers the father she lost in Vietnam--and the… (edizione 2005)

di Karen Spears Zacharias

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"It's the 1960s and nine-year-old Karen Spears is living in a trailer in middle Georgia. Her father, David Spears, was killed in the la Drang Valley in Vietnam, and left behind three young children and a wife with a ninth-grade education. Hero Mama is the story of what happened to this Southern family in the aftermath of a soldier's death." "At first the widow Spears appeared to fall apart - turning herself into a beer-guzzling, good-time girl, while her children responded in kind. Eventually she recognized how much her children needed her and, with mule-headed tenacity, she earned her nursing degree and bought the family a real home fashioned from bricks, rising above her own flaws to forge a better life for her kids. Now Karen Spears Zacharias pays tribute to this woman of guts and determination - her Hero Mama - who battled overwhelming adversity to pull her family up and make them proud of her, and of themselves." "Hero Mama is also the story of the South, where a young girl grew up against an emotionally charged landscape of racism and bigotry, where the daughter of a fallen soldier had to face the stigma of a war nobody wanted, and where a family in crisis pulled together to achieve its own version of the American dream."--BOOK JACKET.… (altro)
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Titolo:Hero mama : a daughter remembers the father she lost in Vietnam--and the mother who held her family together
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Info:New York : Morrow, c2005.
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After contacting all of the men who served with her father, Karen returns to Vietnam to visit where her father died. The death of her father affected the whole family in a negative way. The whole family would not talk about their feelings. She and her brother felt abandoned by her mother, she was working so hard to support the family. They both acted out, while the youngest child saw what her brother and sister did and chose not to cause their mother further grief. A very interesting read for those who grew up during the Vietnam era. ( )
  dara85 | Sep 24, 2019 |
When David Spears was killed in Vietnam in 1966, he left behind a wife with a 9th grade education and 3 small children. His wife, Shelby, didn’t know how to cope with her grief or help her children cope with theirs. After the funeral, they never spoke about their loss and Shelby turned to booze and other men for comfort. When she realized what it was doing to her children, she turned things around by getting her GED, LPN certification and finally her RN degree. Hero Mama is a moving tribute to her written by her middle child, Karen Spears Zacharias. It tells of the family’s struggles and triumphs. It moved me to tears more than once. The end of the book tells of the author’s journey to find out exactly what happened on the day her father was killed. While I understand her need to discover this, I found the details a little long. ( )
  bermudaonion | Jul 17, 2008 |
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"It's the 1960s and nine-year-old Karen Spears is living in a trailer in middle Georgia. Her father, David Spears, was killed in the la Drang Valley in Vietnam, and left behind three young children and a wife with a ninth-grade education. Hero Mama is the story of what happened to this Southern family in the aftermath of a soldier's death." "At first the widow Spears appeared to fall apart - turning herself into a beer-guzzling, good-time girl, while her children responded in kind. Eventually she recognized how much her children needed her and, with mule-headed tenacity, she earned her nursing degree and bought the family a real home fashioned from bricks, rising above her own flaws to forge a better life for her kids. Now Karen Spears Zacharias pays tribute to this woman of guts and determination - her Hero Mama - who battled overwhelming adversity to pull her family up and make them proud of her, and of themselves." "Hero Mama is also the story of the South, where a young girl grew up against an emotionally charged landscape of racism and bigotry, where the daughter of a fallen soldier had to face the stigma of a war nobody wanted, and where a family in crisis pulled together to achieve its own version of the American dream."--BOOK JACKET.

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