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Memorial Day Reads

Kick off Memorial Day weekend with some veteran-themed titles!

ART

Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors by George W. Bush

Featuring sixty-six expressive and vibrant oil paintings, the United States’ 43rd President George W. Bush’s Portraits of Courage honors select men and women who have served in the armed forces since September 11th.  Along with each portrait, a personal narrative of the individual’s life is included, detailing their sacrifice and courage as well as visible and invisible injuries that incurred from service.  Bush vividly depicts the many challenges veterans face when returning home and relays a strong message of how we can support veterans is this stunning monograph.       

Fiction

Redeployment by Phil Klay

In Redeployment, Phil Klay features vivid, fictionalized war stories of soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan- the soldier who had to shoot dogs to stop them from eating corpses; the soldier who had to collect both U.S. and Iraqi remains; and the soldier that taught Iraqis baseball to inspire an Americanized way of life.   As a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Klay provides inside knowledge of the emotional struggles soldiers encounter with a sense of realism and refinement.  Full of pain, trauma, and relief, Redeployment will evoke an awareness of humanity and war you won’t forget.

Non-fiction

Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel

Award-winning journalist David Finkel offers an intimate, painful, yet hopeful portrait of soldiers’ life after the war.  Following the lives of several soldiers from the 2-16 Infantry Battalion after their service in the Iraq War, Finkel illuminates the hidden costs of war here in the United States including PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, and general roadblocks veterans face when reintegrating to society.  Finkel also features the effects war has on families and friends with candid stories from wives, widows, children, and friends of those who served.  Thank You for Your Service honors the men and women who serve and have served in the armed forces by focusing on what we really ask our military members to do and what we should be thanking them for.



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