Memorial Day is coming up on May 24th and while it is the unofficial kick off for summer for many of us, it’s also a day to honor the men and women who have given their lives for their country.
Try picking up one of these books to get a sense of what those heroes go through. Some of them may be echoes from your high school English classes, but I think they are worth another read.
Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane tells the tale of a young boy fighting in the Civil War.
War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk is the first of a trilogy, following the Henry family as they fight in World War II.
And If I Perish by Evelyn Mohahan is the true story of World War II army nurses and the dangers they faced.
Alexander Jefferson’s autobiography, Red Tail Captured, Red Tail Free, relates the story of one of the Tuskegee airmen.
Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose follows one regiment of soldiers, starting with the invasion of Normandy on D-Day.
Miracle at St. Anna by James McBride is a novel detailing the experiences of a group of Buffalo Soldiers fighting in Italy in World War II
Jarhead by Anthony Swofford tells a Marine’s perspective on the Gulf War.
The novel Yellow Birds by Kevin Power brings light to a soldier’s life in the Iraq War.
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller is a satirical look at the insanity of war.
Slaughterhouse 5, a novel by Kurt Vonnegut is based on the author’s own experiences in World War II.
There are so many other titles for you to choose from – stop at the Fiction Desk and we’ll help you find one.
As always, Happy Reading and Happy Summer!