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My Sister's Mother: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Stalin's Siberia

My Sister's Mother: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Stalin's Siberia

by Donna Solecka Urbikas


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Between A.D. 700 and 1100 Native Americans built more effigy mounds in Wisconsin than anywhere else in North America, with an estimated 1,300 mounds--including the world's largest known bird effigy--at the center of effigy-building culture in and around Madison, Wisconsin. These huge earthworks, sculpted in the shape of birds, mammals, and other figures, have aroused curiosity for generations and together comprise a vast effigy mound ceremonial landscape. Farming and industrialization destroyed most of these mounds, leaving the mysteries of who built them and why they were made. The remaining mounds are protected today and many can be visited. explores the cultural, historical, and ceremonial meanings of the mounds in an informative, abundantly illustrated book and guide. Finalist, Social Science, Midwest Book Awards

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299308506
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 04/27/2016
Edition description: 1
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Donna Solecka Urbikas was born in Coventry, England, and immigrated with her parents and sister to Chicago in 1952. After careers as a high school science teacher and environmental engineer, she is now a writer, realtor, and community volunteer. She lives in Chicago with her husband.

Table of Contents

Part 1. The Generation between the Wars
The Haunting Past                 
Uneasy Peace             
The Interview             
Lost Lives Regained              
Birth into War            
Polish School             
The First World War              
Walenty and Natalia              
Operation Marriage                
Cradling Death                      
The Farm                    
Train Travel                
Part 2. Russia and Siberia
The Lieutenant                       
The Impact                 
The Arrest                  
Family Secrets            
Soviet Labor Camp                
Majorettes and Identity                     
Prison without Bars               
The Longing               
Undeserved Beauty               
Fleeting Summer Breezes and Conspiracies              
Terms of Endearment            
The Human Commodity Market                    
A Less Than Normal Childhood                    
Part 3. Choices and Destiny
The Fittest Survive                 
The Guardian             
A Man of Honor                    
Under Naked Skies                
Not Me                       
Death in Small Doses             
Like No Other            
Numbing Existence                
War and Mental Illness                      
From Here to Hell                  
Part 4. Bittersweet Lessons
I, as Savior?               
The World at War                  
The Land of White Rice and Cinnamon                    
Forever the Farm                    
King Takes Rook                   
On Being a Mother                

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