That Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone : an Anthology of Essays from Around the Globe

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Jessica Lynn Powers
Cinco Puntos Press, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 230 pages
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What's it like to grow up during war? To be a victim of violence or exiled from your homeland, culture, family, and even your own memories?

When America's talking heads talk about war, children and teenagers are often the forgotten part of the story. Yet who can forget images of the Vietnam "baby lift," when Amer-Asian children were flown out of Vietnam to be adopted by Americans? Who can forget the horror of learning that Iranian children were sent on suicide missions to clear landmines? Who wasn't captivated by stories of the "lost boys" of Sudan, traveling thousands of miles alone through the desert, seeking shelter and safety? From the cartel-terrorized streets of Juárez to the bombed-out cities of Bosnia to Afghanistan under the Taliban, from Nazi-occupied Holland to the middle-class American home of a Vietnam vet, this collection of personal and narrative essays explores both the universal and particular experiences of children and teenagers who came of age during a time of war.

J.L. Powers is the editor of Labor Pains and Birth Stories and the author of two young adult novels, most recently This Thing Called the Future, an alternative fantasy set in post-apartheid South Africa. She began collecting essays on children and war while pregnant with her first child and says, "The experience was both painful and uplifting, not unlike giving birth. The most memorable aspect of these essays is their stark portrayal of both survival and hope in the midst of incredible suffering."


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User Review  - Sullywriter - LibraryThing

An extraordinary collection of deeply personal, unflinchingly honest accounts of coming of age in the midst of war, revealing the emotional, physical, and psychological scars of "that mad game." Great book for discussion, high school and older. Read full review

THAT MAD GAME: Growing Up in a Warzone: An Anthology of Essays from Around the Globe

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Seventeen wrenching accounts, most previously unpublished and either personal or based on interviews, from witnesses who as children or teenagers were caught up in wars or internecine violence.From ... Read full review


Introduction by JL Powers
A Talib in Love by Qais Akbar Omar
No Longer Young by Phillip Cole Manor
Holland 194445 by Elisabeth Breslav
Across the River by Nikolina Kulidžan
HandMeDown War Stories by Jerry Mathes
Left Behind in El Salvador by René Colato Laínez
Ways of the Khmer Rouge by Peauladd Huy
Brass Shells by Aria MinuSepehr
Half a Continent Step by Step by Andie Miller
Statistical Life by David Yost
The Light of Gandhis Lamp by Hilary Kromberg Inglis
Raising Our Children in the Worlds Most Violent City by Fito Avitia
The Chin of Burma the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program by Rebecca Henderson
Symphony No 1 In Memoriam Dresden 1945 by David Griffith

My War and His War by Alia Yunis
Our America by Marnie Mueller
Exiled to Gansu Province by Xiaomei Lucas as told to Becky Cerling Powers
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J.L. Powers: : J.L. Powers is a novelist and scholar. Her recent novel This Thing Called the Future is a coming of age story set in post-Apartheid South Africa. Her previous anthology was Labor Pains and Birth Stories. She holds master's degrees in African History from State University of New York-Albany and Stanford University, won a Fulbright-Hayes to study Zulu in South Africa, and served as a visiting scholar in Stanford's African Studies Department in 2008 and 2009. She lives in San Francisco's Bay area.

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