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"World War II Generation" is the Fall TALK book discussion series through the Kansas Humanities Council.
2nd book in the series is THE CLOUD ATLAS, by Liam Callanan. Discussion will be lead by Kim Stanley, who is the chair of the Department of Modern Languages at McPherson College.
Set against the magnificent backdrop of Alaska in the waning days of World War II, THE CLOUD ATLAS is an enthralling debut novel, a story of adventure and awakening—and of a young soldier who went to Alaska on an extraordinary top secret mission...and found a world that would haunt him forever.
Drifting through the night, whisper-quiet, they were the most sublime manifestations of a desperate enemy: Japanese balloon bombs. Sergeant Louis Belk, age eighteen, was one of the men sent to Alaska to find and dispose of these improbably weapons—and then keep them secret from an already anxious public. But the mysteries confronting the young sergeant only increase when he meets his superior officer—a brutal veteran OSS spy hunter who knows all too well what the balloons can do—and a beautiful Yup’ik Eskimo woman who claims she can see the future. Chasing after the ghostly floating weapons, Louis embarks upon an adventure that will lead him into the vast tundra to a discovery and a choice that will change the course of his life.
About the discussion leader, Kim Stanley:
Kim chairs the Department of Modern Languages at McPherson College. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin and her M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. Johns College at Santa Fe. She has won the Dean's Teaching Award at the University of Texas, the Professor of the Year Award (twice) at McPherson, and the Public Scholar Award from KHC. Kim has served KHC in the TALK program since 1992, Stories at Work, Prime Time Family Reading Time, and Read to Me (at Hutchinson Correctional Institute), and is currently a member of the KHC board of directors.
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