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Author Bird, Leonard.

Title Folding paper cranes : an atomic memoir / by Leonard Bird.

Publication Info. Salt Lake City : University of Utah Press, [2005]


Location Call No. Status
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  355.0217 BIRD    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  355.0217 BIRD    Check Shelf
Description xvi, 152 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [151]-152).
Summary "A bronze monument - the Tower of a Thousand Cranes - stands in Hiroshima's International Peace Park, mute testimony to Sadako Sasaki, a young victim of the atomic bomb whose radiation-induced leukemia led to her death after she had folded only six hundred cranes." "In Leonard Bird's haunting memoir, Sadako's monument becomes a touchstone for his own experiences with cancer and the bomb. Exposed to radiation during aboveground detonations at the Nevada Test Site in the 1950s, Bird must find a way to make peace not only with his past but with a future shadowed by nuclear proliferation. In committing his story to paper, Bird gains, with each reader, another paper crane."--Jacket.
Contents Part One: The national sacrifice -- The mourning dove -- Life in the dead zone -- Collateral damage -- Part Two: The courage to hope -- The survivor -- A flight of cranes -- As this plague rages.
Subject Bird, Leonard.
United States. Marine Corps -- Biography.
Nuclear weapons -- Testing -- Nevada.
Cancer -- Patients -- United States -- Biography.
Atomic bomb victims -- United States -- Biography.
Atomic bomb -- Health aspects.
ISBN 0874808243 paperback alkaline paper
9780874808247 paperback alkaline paper
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