Every month, staff at our Downtown Library read books in a specific fiction genre or nonfiction subject, to familiarize themselves with titles they might not have discovered otherwise. Recently they read military fiction and nonfiction for adults and children. Here's what staff members read and what they had to say about it:
Code Talker Stories: Nihizaad bee nidasiibaa by Laura Tohe
A collection of stories from Navajo Code Talkers. Each story is unique, a beautiful book worth the read. 5 stars.
Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War by Evan Wright
A journalist and gifted author becomes embedded with a forward group, the ones who spearhead the invasion of Iraq. He stated that his job was to “charm and betray” those men who he was writing about - he warned them to not say what they didn’t want to read later. He was well thought of by those same Marines. The book is written in a technically neutral voice. The reader enjoyed reading this book. 4 stars.
Jarhead: A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles by Anthony Swofford
Read the entire book in one night! Basically it’s the diary of a Marine sniper and his experience as part of an elite group of Marines in Desert Storm and other wars. Describes the highly technical nature of being a sniper as well as a look into the military culture. It’s very profane; a movie was made based on the book, but the book is much better. 5 stars.
Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park
The main character of this children’s chapter book is named Maggie after Joe DiMaggio. Maggie’s special friend goes off to the Korean War and through their writings to each other the author does a very good job of explaining the basics of the Korean War conflict. Very good female voice. 4 stars.
Navajo Code Talkers: Secret American Indian Heroes of World War II by Brynn Baker
Written for kids, this is an excellent book with pictures and “Fun Fact” sidebars. 5 stars.