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  • Title: After the Flag Has Been Folded
  • Author: Karen Spears Zacharias
  • ISBN: 9781615529827
  • Page: 155
  • Format: Paperback

  • Karen Spears was nine years old, living with her family in a trailer in rural Tennessee, when her father, David Spears, was killed in the Ia Drang Valley in Vietnam It was 1966 in a nation being torn apart by a war nobody wanted, in an emotionally charged Southern landscape stained with racism and bigotry and suddenly the care and well being of three small children wereKaren Spears was nine years old, living with her family in a trailer in rural Tennessee, when her father, David Spears, was killed in the Ia Drang Valley in Vietnam It was 1966 in a nation being torn apart by a war nobody wanted, in an emotionally charged Southern landscape stained with racism and bigotry and suddenly the care and well being of three small children were solely in the hands of a frightened young widow with no skills and a ninth grade education But thanks to a mother s remarkable courage, strength, and stubborn tenacity, a family in the midst of chaos and in severe crisis miraculously pulled together to achieve its own version of the American Dream.Beginning on the day Karen learns of her father s death and ending thirty years later with her pilgrimage to the battlefield where he died, half a world away from the family s hometown, After the Flag Has Been Folded is a triumphant tale of reconciliation between a daughter and her father, a daughter and her nation and a poignant remembrance of a mother s love and heroism.
    Karen Spears Zacharias
    Karen Spears Zacharias grew up in a military family Her father was killed in action in 1966 That early experience led Karen into a career as a journalist She studied at Berry College, Oregon State University and Eastern Oregon University Karen has worked at newspapers around the country Her commentary has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, CNN, National Public Radio and The Huffington Post.She has served on the advisory boards for the Vietnam Women s Memorial Fund and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Education Center She is a member of Sons Daughters in Touch and Daughters of the American Revolution.Crime writer Ann Rule urged Karen to write the story of KARLY SHEEHAN The True Crime story behind Karly s Law The publication of KARLY SHEEHAN propelled Karen into speaking on behalf of abused children and advocating for a change of family court laws Karen s husband Tim is a CASA volunteerIn 2013, Karen published her first novel to broad acclaim MOTHER OF RAIN is the first in a series of books set in the Appalachian community of Christian Bend, Tennessee MOTHER OF RAIN Mercer University Press was longlisted for the Crook s Corner Book Award and received the Weatherford Award for Best in Appalachian Fiction by Berea College MOTHER OF RAIN was later adapted for the stage by Paul Pierce of Georgia s Historic Springer Theater BURDY Mercer University Press was published in 2015 and CHRISTIAN BEND in Sept 2017.A lecturer at Central Washington University, Karen enjoys conducting workshops She has spoken at the Library of Congress, at the National Mall in DC, and at various universities and colleges Karen has appeared on Good Morning America and twice on The Diane Rehm Show She s hoping for an invitation from 1A.


    Commentaires:

    Susie Finkbeiner
    I don't typically read memoir, but I picked this up as part of my research for a project. I truly appreciated the courage it took Zacharias to share this story. It's a tough one. Full of hardship. But Zacharias never once played the "poor me" card. She wrote with grace and dignity.

    Rick Colburn
    HeartwrenchingVery good read bThings the reality of the stories of soldiers spouses and children left behind after the soldiers death. And the trials and tribulations that the survivors have to face and deal with. I highly recommend this book. GOD BLESS OUR SOLDIERS and GOD BLESS the U.S.A. SGT RICK Colburn13 year VETERANU. S. ARMY

    Stephan P
    This book is part of who I am and where I come fromis is my historylled with insights on my family and my grandfather who gave his all for his country, without this book I may still be wondering all of things about my existence.

    Kathy
    Quotable:I came across an awful story the other day. A story of an American soldier. Tim O’Brien tells it in his book The things they carried. O’Brien has mastered the art of telling ghastly tales of the American war in Vietnam. I’m careful about when I read his stuff. I don’t read his prose while eating. I don’t read it before bedtime. I don’t read it if the kids are around. Simply because his words make my stomach convulse, my heart pound, and the fissures in my soul ooze with conf [...]

    Cindy Novak-delaurell
    I have not read a lot of books about the war in Vietnam. This book was well worth my time and on several occasions, brought tears to my eyes. I have many friends who served in Vietnam. I will never fully understand what they went through or the feelings they harbor, but don't discuss. i truly believe this book helped narrow that gap.

    Christine
    Although this memoir is as heartbreaking as one would expect, the author uses her grief to get to the truth of her father's death in Vietnam.

    Shellie Tomlinson
    Seriously important book that never got the attention it deserved.

    Brandy
    This book was really good. It was the story of a family who's father died in Vietnam. The 9 yr old girl is the one telling the story. The story was very moving and made you think.

    Larry Bassett
    The American war in Vietnam has probably forever spoiled the concept of a war hero for me. There are no heroes and especially not for the Vietnam era. I have read a lot of books about Vietnam and most of them have been about the soldiers in the field. The families I have read about where the Vietnamese families who were slaughtered wholesale in there villages and huts. While this is not a pro war book for how could there really be such a thing? But it cast a positive light on the American determ [...]

    Russell Sanders
    Karen Spears Zacharias’s After the Flag Has Been Folded is an engaging, folksy, sometimes harrowing memoir. Spears’s father was a Vietnam War casualty, and in this book, she explores all that means—for a family to lose a loved one to war. The experience took its toll on her sister, brother, mother, and her. Each of them suffered, trying to make sense of it all, trying to get their own lives on track. Growing up in near poverty, this family, originally from Tennessee and transplanted to Geo [...]

    Nicole
    I don't understand the title of this book. Very little was about the author's father; it was a memoir about her life after he died. And, believe me, her mama was no hero. Yes, as a widow, Mama had to work to support her children. But, when she wasn't at work or at school (getting first a GED, then LPN, then RN), she was partying and bringing home different men to their tiny trailer. No matter when Mama was, however, her kids were left unattended. Despite large families on both sides, the author [...]

    Mary K Russell
    An Important BookI wanted to read this book because I have long sensed that I had dodged a bullet. I married a soldier during the war, knowing that there was a significant chance that he would be sent to Vietnam. But those orders came twice and were cancelled. A brother in law went and returned very troubled. My sister in law struggled with that and eventually her family was broken. My family avoided the severe consequences of the Vietnam veteran or widowhood. This book made me realize just how [...]

    Lynda Breeding
    ExcellentI cried for the family, and others that lost their loved ones in Vietnam. I will be forever grateful to the men and women who served in this war. Thank YOU for your service.

    Pam
    I enjoy this author but this book is a memoir and most of her life was not interesting to me. I'm on page 266. I'll try to edit my review when I'm done.

    Carla Harris
    Sad sad storyVietnam was such a sad mistake in U S history. Reading this book made it even sadder that a family had to go through what it did after the dad's death.

    Susan
    Although much of this story was boring to me, it is an important look at a tragic part of American history.

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