Mother Courage and Her Children is a play by Bertolt Brecht that takes place in the 1600s during the Thirty Years War. Mother Courage owns a canteen that sells goods to soldiers so she can support her children. Her child Elif enters the war but Mother Courage continues to follow the armies with her children. Her son Swiss Cheese, Elif and her Daughter, Kattrin are killed over the years, leaving Mother Courage alone to peddle her wares.
The Red Badge of Courage is a novel by Stephen Craneabout a young man fighting for the Union Army during the American Civil War. After deserting his regiment during a battle and subsequently observing the horrific consequences of warfare, Henry Fleming feels ashamed of his cowardice, desiring a "red badge of courage"--a wound that would redeem him. After several battles, Henry leads his regiment in a charge on the confederates as a flag-bearer, thereby redeeming himself. The novel pits feelings of shame against themes of heroism and courage.
Undaunted Courage is the story of the Lewis and Clark expedition during Thomas Jefferson's presidency. The narrative follows Lewis's exploits almost exclusively and does not focus on Clark or on their guide, Sacagawea. It uses Lewis's contributions to the mapping of the continent by the United States as a way to explore the political climate of Jefferson's regime and the tensions that drove the lives of men like Lewis who did not travel in aristocratic circles.
A Child Called It is Dave Pelzer's heartbreaking account of the child abuse he suffered as a child at the hands of his alcoholic mother. From ages 4-12, Dave was stabbed, burned, and starved, among a series of many other equally horrific incidents of abuse. His memoir, a remarkable record of the human spirit's ability to survive, goes on to tell of how he was eventually taken in by a foster family, and of his journey to a happy adulthood.