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The Last Destroyer: The Story of the USS Callaghan
Barry J. Foster
0741412756
November 2002
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The USS Callaghan was the last US Navy destroyer sunk in combat during World War II. In fact, it was the last US Navy destroyer sunk in combat to this date. How the crew and the new ship were transformed into a lethal fighting unit is the subject of this book. The Callaghan served in the last 18 months of the war against Japan during some of the largest naval campaigns in the history of mankind. After receiving eight battle stars, shooting down 12 Japanese planes, sinking one submarine and firing thousands of rounds during shore bombardments, the Callaghan met its fate at the hands of one of the last kamikaze attacks of the war.


Flowers of Ice
Imants Ziedonis
0935296891
Jan 1990
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From Publishers Weekly
This volume appropriates the allegorical style and metrical standards of the old dainas , or Latvian folk songs, giving the verse a timeless mythological quality that intends to evoke an archetypal community living in harmony with itself, with nature and with its gods. Unfortunately, Ziedonis addresses his basic themes--birth, death, love, spirituality--with a kind of naive simplicity. These poems long for some sublime musical accompaniment to elevate the banal sentiments of the verse: "Latvia, O chock-full and sweet sister, / O butter churn / bursting at the seams, / your chin dripping cream." Admittedly, the poet frequently conveys the rustic communality of farming with a charmingly amusing air, yet he just as often annoys the reader with repetitious language and Zen-like platitudes about the intuitiveness of...


Barrelhouse Kings: A Memoir
Barry Callaghan
1552781003
September 1998
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Book Description
This memoir is a book about story tellers.


Black Queen Stories
Barry Callaghan
1552780325
November 1993
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Book Description
Short story collection


Hogg Poems
Barry Callaghan
1552780333
September 1997
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Occasion of Sin
John Montague
1877727210
September 1992
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From Publishers Weekly
These 11 stories ably exhibit the talents of Irish writer and poet Montague ( Born in Brooklyn ). Two stories in particular stand out: a comic telling of a boy's obsession with Zane Grey and his unsuccessful expedition into town to see a western movie with some farmers; and the brilliant title story, in which a young Frenchwoman who befriends a group of clerical students on a beach earns the disapproval of other beach-goers --her innocent delight in conversation is spoiled by their suspicious thoughts. The final piece masterfully blends madness, dreams and drink as Coote, a ``renegade Ulster Protestant,'' embarks on a frenzied search for Celtic ruins in Mexico. Montague paints a grim picture of Coote and his seamy fellow exiles living in an isolated hotel and occasionally venturing to the town whorehouse. Coote's...


Way the Angel Spreads Her Wings
Barry Callaghan
1552780287
March 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
Callaghan's debut novel is a noteworthy reflection on the elusiveness of love and the inescapable impact of family. Adam Waters is a journalist on a bittersweet, wide-ranging search (from Lake Ontario to Puerto Rico to Africa) for Gabrielle, a waif-like, unpredictable woman who introduced him to love when he was an adolescent, a time depicted in frequent flashbacks. Adam's relationship with his melancholic, religious mother is also revealed, clarifying his metaphysical longings and the conflict between spirituality and sensuality he experiences during erotic encounters with Gabrielle. The meandering journey and the shifts from past to present and from country to country result in a narrative incoherency somewhat mitigated by Callaghan's exceptional command of language. Descriptive passages moving fluidly into...


When Things Get Worst
Barry Callaghan
1552780295
October 1995
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Book Description
Short story collection

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