The Copeland family history is rich and ambiguous. Beginning with patriarch Walker and his wife Caroline, who once threatened a troop of Yankee soldiers with a pan of boiling water, the Copeland legacy continues with Walker´s great grandson, Albert, who builds floatplanes that never fly. Albert´s floatplane logbook becomes a family album, with each member of the family penning in his personal revelations, from Meredith, a maverick Vietnam veteran, to Noralee, who shocks everyone by dating a hippie. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Norman Dietz. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/005295/bk_reco_005295_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An ambitious new novel set in the literary world of 1970s New York, following a washed-up writer in an errant quest to pick up the pieces of his life. One of The Millions´ Most Anticipated Books of the Second Half of 2017 The year is 1973, and Alan Eastman, a public intellectual, accidental cultural critic, washed-up war journalist, husband, and philanderer finds himself alone on the floor of his study in an existential crisis. His wife has taken their kids and left him to live with her mother in New Jersey, and his best work feels as though it is years behind him. In the depths of despair, he receives an unexpected and unwelcome phone call from his old rival dating back to his days on the Harvard literary journal, offering him the chance to go to Vietnam to write the definitive account of the end of America´s longest war. Seeing his opportunity to regain his wife´s love and admiration while reclaiming his former literary glory, he sets out for Vietnam. But instead of the return to form as a pioneering war correspondent that he had hoped for, he finds himself in Saigon, grappling with the same problems he thought he´d left back in New York. Following his widely acclaimed debut, From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant, Alex Gilvarry employs the same thoughtful yet dark sense of humor in Eastman Was Here to capture one irredeemable man´s search for meaning in the face of advancing age, fading love, and a rapidly changing world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bronson Pinchot. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/003276/bk_peng_003276_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
DAN MORGAN narrates the tale of how he went from recent M.A. grad to reluctant draftee. Arriving at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, in early 1970, he anticipates assignment to the Information Service. Instead, CAPTAIN/CHAPLAIN/RABBI STEPHEN WEISBERG recruits him as Jewish chaplain´s assistant.The Reform rabbi´s wit, kindness, and impatience with military madness quickly make Dan feel at home. He develops great camaraderie with Stephen, who lets Dan live at the Jewish Center where they both work. Dan gets to order kosher food from St Louis, play cantor at services, and edit the Jewish Disposition newsletter. Dan meets HARRIET MARSHALL, Lutheran daughter of COLONEL HAROLD MARSHALL, Main Post Chaplain. Once Harriet visits college friends at Kent State and witnesses the shooting of four protesters, she becomes revolted by the Vietnam War and by all things military ? especially her dad, who strongly supports the war and objects to her daughter dating a Jew. She decides to convert to Judaism and takes classes from Stephen. After the colonel discovers Dan and Harriet in bed together, he tries to have Dan sent to Vietnam. Stephen gets Dan´s orders rescinded.Harriet becomes friends with SHARON BETTS, also taking conversion classes from Stephen. Sharon is unhappily married to a lifer SERGEANT, and has begun secretly seeing Jewish surgeon/draftee, CAPTAIN/DR. JON MARX. When Jon is severely beaten outside his house, Sharon´s husband is one of two prime suspects. The other is a LIEUTENANT whose daughter died in surgery conducted by JON.Both the sergeant, who is Catholic, and the lieutenant, who is Baptist, claim their innocence. The suspects´ respective chaplains, in Sunday sermons, each supports ´´their own,´´ pitting the two churches against each other and setting off a religious war on the base. In an attempt to foster ´´ecumenical harmony,´´ the colonel commands Stephen to hold a gathering at the Jewish Center for members of both churches. The gathering ends up bringing the Catholics and Baptists together by unifying them in their outrage that the Jews have, not just a chapel, but their own Jewish Center, with luxuries like a kosher kitchen, library, and Ping-Pong table. Jon´s real attacker is found: a fanatically Orthodox Jew, unhinged by Jon´s defection to Reform Judaism and his relationship with Sharon. Colonel Marshall informs Stephen the Jewish Center will be closed down ´´for budgetary reasons.´´ Through various plot machinations ? like a ´´Save the Center´´ campaign spearheaded by the Jewish sisterhood on the base ? the Jewish Center is saved.The events lead Dan and Harriet to a gradual epiphany through which they reject organized religion and crystallize a shared belief system of their own.
1968-1971: Charlotte Parsons is devastated over losing her brother in the Vietnam War. Desperate to learn more about the war, she joins a group of college women who send letters to soldiers and befriends Joseph Russo, a young soldier. But a few months after they begin corresponding, his letters stop coming, and Char moves on, still confused as to why so many young lives are being lost so far away from home. Two years later, Char begins college in her small Illinois town of Grand Falls. She’s been dating her brother’s long-time best friend, Deke Masterson, who is a senior in college and is deep into the anti-war movement. Char is still confused over how she feels about the war. Then, a stranger comes to town and changes everything. Joseph Russo served in the Vietnam War, earning a Purple Heart for his injury as well as a life-long limp. He’s ready to put the war behind him. While in Vietnam, he’d corresponded with a girl from Grand Falls, and he enjoyed reading about her idyllic life. When he’s discharged, he moves there to attend college. And when he meets Charlotte in person, he’s taken with her sweetness, intelligence, and beauty. The battle lines are drawn as Deke resents Joe’s presence around Char. What started out as a well-deserved escape to a small town for Joe soon turns into a battle of wills between him and the idealistic Deke. And there stands Charlotte, right in the middle. Night Music is a story about a moment in time when the world was chaotic and nothing was completely clear. In the midst of all the chaos, Char and Joe try to find enough middle ground to fall in love. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jennifer Groberg. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/108884/bk_acx0_108884_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hap Collins is an east Texas redneck, with a liberal bent, and a weakness for Texas women. Leonard Pine is a black, gay, Vietnam veteran. Not who you´d normally pick for best friends but there you go. Together they share an affinity for the martial arts and are a bundle of trouble, but trouble is what they love. When an old friend of Leonard tells him that his daughter is dating an abusive, no-good drug dealer, Leonard does the only thing a man of his disposition would do: he offers to get her back, and invites Hap along for the fun. Wrapped in the Texas heat, they raid the drug dealer´s hideout, rescue the girl, cause general chaos, and then proceed to teach the dealer a lesson by flushing ounces of raw cocaine down the toilet. That was their first mistake. Turns out the lowly hoods are pawns in a vast crime operation known as the Dixie Mafia, and when the Mafia comes calling for Hap and Leonard an all out car chase gunfight ensues, people die but Hap and Leonard come out on top. Their second mistake, however, was busting up one of the Dixie Mafia henchmen, who happened to be undercover FBI. Now they find themselves under arrest with only one chance to clear their name. The FBI has a Mafia man who is ready flip, but he will only do it if they can assure safe passage for him and his son. The problem is his son has skipped town with a load of the Mafia´s money - some three hundred thousand dollars worth. In exchange for a clean slate, the FBI wants Hap and Leonard to find him and make sure he and the cash are returned safely. Not even Hap and Leonard can imagine the killers they will come up against this time. Suffice to say, they are big, fast, and deadly, but none of them are as smart or lethal as the legendary Vanilla Ride, who Hap and Leonard are just about to meet. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Phil Gigante. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/001708/bk_brll_001708_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.