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Literary Spotlight: Fighter Pilot’s Daughter: Growing Up in the Sixties and the Cold War

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Fighter Pilot’s Daughter: Growing Up in the Sixties and the Cold War details author and Professor Mary Lawlor’s unconventional upbringing in Cold War America. Memories of her early life—as the daughter of a Marine Corps and then Army father—reveal the personal costs of tensions that once gripped the entire world, and illustrate the ways in which bold foreign policy decisions shaped an entire generation of Americans, defining not just the ways they were raised, but who they would ultimately become. As a kid on the move she was constantly in search of something to hold on to, a longing that led her toward rebellion, to college in Paris, and to the kind of self-discovery only possible in the late 1960s.

A personal narrative braided with scholarly, retrospective reflections as to what that narrative means, Fighter Pilot’s Daughter zooms in on a little girl with a childhood full of instability, frustration and unanswered questions such that her struggles in growth, her struggles, her yearnings and eventual successes exemplify those of her entire generation.

From California to Georgia to Germany, Lawlor’s family was stationed in parts of the world that few are able to experience at so young an age, but being a child of military parents has never been easy. She neatly outlines the unique challenges an upbringing without roots presents someone struggling to come to terms with a world at war, and a home in constant turnover and turmoil. This book is for anyone seeking a finer awareness of the tolls that war takes not just on a nation, but on that nation’s sons and daughters, in whose hearts and minds deeper battles continue to rage long after the soldiers have come home.

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Reviews

Mary Lawlor’s memoir, Fighter Pilot’s Daughter: Growing Up in the Sixties and the Cold War, is terrifically written. The experience of living in a military family is beautifully brought to life. This memoir shows the pressures on families in the sixties, the fears of the Cold War, and also the love that families had that helped them get through those times, with many ups and downs. It’s a story that all of us who are old enough can relate to, whether we were involved or not. The book is so well written. Mary Lawlor shares a story that needs to be written, and she tells it very well. (The Jordan Rich Show)

Mary Lawlor, in her brilliantly realized memoir, articulates what accountants would call a soft cost, the cost that dependents of career military personnel pay, which is the feeling of never belonging to the specific piece of real estate called home. . . . [T]he real story is Lawlor and her father, who is ensconced despite their ongoing conflict in Lawlor’s pantheon of Catholic saints and Irish presidents, a perfect metaphor for coming of age at a time when rebelling was all about rebelling against the paternalistic society of Cold War America. (Stars and Stripes)

Fighter Pilot’s Daughter. . . is a candid and splendidly-written account of a young woman caught in the political turmoil of the ’60s and the domestic turmoil that percolated around a John Wayne figure who won the Distinguished Flying Cross, eight Air Medals and the Cross of Gallantry across three generations of star spangled blood and guts. … Among the triumphs of the book is Lawlor’s ability to transition from academic – she is the author of two scholarly books and numerous articles about American literature and culture – to popular writing. ‘I tried very hard to keep my academic voice out of the book,’ said Lawlor, who will be retiring as a professor and director of American Studies after the spring semester. ‘In academic writing, you explain and explain and footnote and footnote, and some of the life inevitably comes out of it. I wanted this to have life.’ In so many ways it does….[particularizing] her family, including her mother, Frannie, her older twin sisters (Nancy and Lizzie) and a younger sister (Sarah). . . . In many ways the Lawlor women drive her narrative. … Her principal focus, inevitably, is her Fighter Pilot Father, who, in her words, ‘seemed too large and wild for the house.’ Jack Lawlor was so true to fighter-pilot form as to be an archetype, hard-drinking, hard-to-please, sometimes (though not always) hard-of-heart. Mary does not spare those details.’ (Muhlenberg: The Magazine)

This engrossing memoir adeptly weaves the author’s account of growing up in a military family in the United States and Europe with domestic American and international Cold War events. Mary Lawlor’s descriptions of her parents’ origins and aging, and her perceptive, honest reflections on childhood and young adulthood between the 1950s and 1970s, are illuminated by the knowledge and wisdom that develop over decades of adulthood. In re-visiting her earlier life, the author reveals a process of arriving at a compassionate understanding of the significant people in it—relatives, friends, nuns, boyfriends, and draft resisters, among others—and through this, a clearer understanding of one’s self. She demonstrates that comprehension of the broad historical context in which one lives—in her case, the pervasive global rivalry between communism and anticommunism, and its influences on American ideals about family roles, political values, and aspirations, which she questioned and challenged as a young woman drawn into the counterculture—is crucial for attaining such self-knowledge. (Donna Alvah, Associate Professor and Margaret Vilas Chair of US History, St. Lawrence University)

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About the Author

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Mary Lawlor is professor of English and the Director of American Studies at Muhlenberg College. She is the author of Recalling the Wild: Naturalism and the Closing of the American West, and Public Native America: Tribal Self Representation in Casinos, Museums and Powwows.

 

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ULR Feature: 50 Hairstylist by Rick Morton

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A “MUST HAVE” FOR ANYONE STARTING OUT IN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY!

This is the book like no other in the salon industry. 50 of the world’s top hairdressers, salon owners and colorists share their secrets to success. Read about what they think you should do… and NOT do… to make your career the best it can be and how you can guarantee your future. If you’re a young stylist just starting out, or a beauty school student about to embark on your career, this book can make all the difference on your road to success. Order your copy today. Begin immediately learning the secrets that have made the country’s top hairstylists successful. Learn how to find the perfect mentor… How to develop new clients… When to specialize… What you didn’t learn in school…

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What made you want to write a book about hairstylists? Rick: Well, I’ve been producing video education in the professional beauty industry for over 30 years and in that time I’ve gotten to know a lot of very successful stylists and salon owners. And I’ve seen a lot of young stylists who would like to succeed in their beauty career. But it’s not easy.

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ULR Feature: New Avalon by David Martin

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A compilation of stories that spans the gamut of genre fiction. This book will scare entertain and amuse you. It takes you from the from the occult of Old Virgina to the world of translated beings that live beyond the stars. Thoroughly absorbing.

 

Book Review

What a unique and interesting book! I was very interested in it from the moment that I opened the book. The cover looked very mysterious and intriguing, so I couldn’t wait to read through this one. David Martin has done a great job with this book because he used many different tactics to get the reader into the story. I felt many different emotions while reading this story which included fear, being scared, being excited, being happy, being delighted and overall I was entertained. This is a sci-fi hit that will surely get you entangled into the stories being told. I really enjoyed how this book covered everything.

There was some parts in the book that focused on the struggle of the job hunt. Being a recent graduate, I completely connected to the struggle and how hard it can be to land a job in this type of economy. I found the author to be very humanistic and to talk about things that the average human-being goes through. The book takes the history of Virginia ghost stories and puts things into perspective. New Avalon is a place where anything can happen and where dreams could come true. I found myself taken into this world and I didn’t want to come back. The author was so descriptive in the writing that I felt like I was there living in it all. The book is so beautifully-written and very entertaining.

I don’t think that I have ever read a book quite like this before, it was so entertaining and just interesting. I liked how this piece focuses on parts of our world that are similar, yet different. I think that this book is truly a worthy read that any type of reader would enjoy. This isn’t the normal genre that I would read, but I found myself so into the storyline and everything that was brought into it. It’s the type of book that really makes you think and ponder about life. I hope that this author continues to write, he is truly talented and a gift to the world of books!

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About the Author

David Martin looks at things a little differently than most folks
(See author photo) He was born in Missisippi (the land of the blues)
But as an Air Force brat grew up “all over the place”
New Avalon has been in paperback for ten years but only recently
Arrived on the kindle. It is a quite different book. It is a series of short stories loosely tied together with a surprise explanation at the end.The Author currently lives in Virginia not far from the location of The Ghost Plantation from the novella within the book.

He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and The
George Mason School of Law.

 

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ULR Feature: Ho’oponopono, Life is Love: Feeling, Forgiving, Thanking and Loving

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Daniel is a 12-year-old boy who has been diagnosed with leukemia. Because of his chemotherapy treatments, he has to spend long periods in hospital. While he is there, he takes the opportunity to do what he most enjoys doing – drawing. But something really surprising is about to happen. Little by little, the drawings on his sketch pad come to life and become Daniel’s friends and they have lots of adventures together. What’s more, his friend Pono, who wears a magnetic blue suit, has come from another galaxy to fulfill a mission: he is going to teach Daniel how to delete his painful memories and make room for inspiration. The conversations between the two help Daniel understand a great deal about the laws of the universe, giving him the strength and courage he needs to get through this difficult period in his life. The setting for this story is Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city, and reference is also made to the two southernmost regions of the country, the Alentejo and the Algarve.

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About the Author

Isabel Feliciano has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, a Postgraduate Degree in Healthcare Facilities Management and a Master’s Degree in Marketing from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Algarve. Over her 25-year-long career with SMEs in the Algarve, she has gained considerable experience in the fields of administration, finance and marketing. She is a member of the Professional Association of Economists and provides consultancy and support services in economic viability projects. She also teaches in a number of fields connected to business activity and SMEs. In 2010, as a result of her Master’s thesis, her first book, “Marketing em Saúde – Políticas e Estratégias” (“Marketing in Healthcare – Policies and Strategies”) was published by Deplano Network – Bnomics and she accepted an invitation from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Algarve to be a guest lecturer on the subject of Marketing of Healthcare Services. She is currently studying for a PhD’s degree in Economics and Management Sicences. Life-changing incidents in her private life awakened her interest in the fields of personal development. Over the last decade, she has turned her attention to Reiki and Coaching.

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ULR Feature: Ancient Wisdom Fathered Ageless Fitness by Alexandra

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Even if we have read a dozen fitness books, even if we have attended gyms for years, even if we have read all the information on how to feed the mind and body; the contents in this e-book can help us comprehend how all these efforts have impacted our lives.

 

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ULR Feature: The Paragraph Ranch by Kay Ellington and Barbara Brannon

EVERY WRITER KNOWS YOU CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN. But that’s just what is required of West Texas expatriate Dee Bennett-Kaufmann when her mother is badly injured in a mysterious car accident.

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Single-again “Dr. Dee” has never been on the “A-team” in her trendy East Coast MFA program. When a prestigious summer fellowship gives her the chance to finally finish her book, salvage her career, and spend some quality time with her college-age daughter — Dee’s certain her luck is about to change. Returning to care for her irascible, widowed mother threatens all of that.

With so much at stake, Dee engineers a series of unorthodox strategies and creative tradeoffs to keep her options in play—and despite herself finds friendship, love, and the power of words in the unlikeliest of places.

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“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I live in Texas and am familiar with the area where this took place and feel that the authors were spot on with the characterizations of what it’s like to live in a small town. Dee’s goal was to get out of this small town as soon as possible and became very successful in her business life although she couldn’t say the same in her personal life. Once she is forced to return to her small town to help her Mother recover from a car accident she goes through an amazing discovery of life, both professionally and personally and realizes that small and simple isn’t so bad after all. Read this book, it’s a quick, easy read and you will really enjoy it. Congrats to Kay Ellington and Barbara Brannon on a job well done on their first book and look forward to the next one.”- Amazon Reviewer

 

About the Authors

Meet Barbara Brannon

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Barbara Brannon studied poetry with James Dickey at the University of South Carolina, where she earned the M.A. and Ph.D. Her poems have appeared in the Asheville Poetry Review, Cenacle, the South Carolina Review, and Yemassee, among other journals and magazines. She is a frequent contributor of travel and feature articles and author of The Ferries of North Carolina: Traveling the State’s Nautical Highways. Now heading up a nonprofit in Texas, she formerly served as managing editor of the University of South Carolina Press and director of the Publishing Laboratory in the Creative Writing Department of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her current projects include a history of the Hampshire Bookshop of Northampton, Massachusetts, a mainstay of American bookselling from 1916 to 1971. She is coauthor, with Kay Ellington, of the novel The Paragraph Ranch.

Meet Kay Ellington

Cotton fields, pumpjacks, and Friday Night Lights defined the world KAY ELLINGTON grew up in West Texas. A gypsy of newspapering, her career took her from New York to California to the Carolinas–and finally, back again to Texas.

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You can find Kay and Barbara on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TheParagraphRanch, and on their website at http://www.ParagraphRanch.com.