Genre: FictionSetting: Iraq War on TerrorPerry is a recent high-schoolgraduate who went againsthis parents’ wishes andsigned up for the Army. Hewrites letters to his uncleabout his experiences as asoldier.
Genre: FictionSetting: England Modern dayDaisy takes a trip to visit heraunt and cousins, but warbreaks out in England whileher aunt is away onbusiness, leaving Daisy andher cousins to survive ontheir own.
Genre: BiographySetting: Vietnam 1970sThere have been manyMarines. There have beenmany marksmen. But therehas only been one SergeantCarlos Hathcock. A legend inthe Marine ranks, Hathcockstalked the Viet Cong behindenemy lines-on their ownground. And each time heemerged from the junglehaving done his duty. Hisrecord is one of the finest inmilitary history, with 93confirmed kills.
Genre: NonfictionSetting: Bosnia/Sweden 1990sS. lies in a Hospital in Sweden, whereshe has just given birth to a baby boy.She refuses to nurse him. The womanlying next to her is shocked by herbehavior, but she does not know thehistory of how this boy was conceived.As she lies in the hospital bed, S.remembers the summer of 1992, fromthe day when the soldiers rounded upthe occupants of the Muslim village ofB., shot the men and herded theshocked, obedient women ontobuses. She remembers life in thecamp, where she was assigned to helpE., the nurse, tend the sick, and thehorrible rumors about the "womensroom," where women are taken forthe Serbian soldiers to rape.
Genre: FictionSetting: NYC Post 9/11Oskar Schell is not your average nine-year-old. A budding inventor, hespends his time imagining wonderfulcreations. He also collects randomphotographs for his scrapbook andsends letters to scientists. When hisfather dies in the World Trade Centercollapse, Oskar shifts his boundlessenergy to a quest for answers. Hefinds a key hidden in his fathers thingsthat doesnt fit any lock in their NewYork City apartment; its container islabeled "Black." Oskar sets out tospeak to everyone in New York Citywith the last name of Black.
Genre: MemoirSetting: 2002 PakistanWhen Wall Street Journalreporter Daniel Pearl waskidnapped by terrorists inPakistan in 2002, his verypregnant wife, Mariane, wasleft to try to manage the searcheffort. In this memoir of themonth between Pearlskidnapping and news of hisdeath, she isunflinching, revealing everyemotional detail with suchhonesty that to call the bookheart-wrenching is to minimizeits power.
Genre: MemoirSetting: Cambodia 1970sShe tells the story of her family andtheir battle against the KhmerRouge, a totalitarian party whichruled Cambodia from 1975-1979.Ung was five years old when she andher family of eight were forced toleave their home in the capital ofCambodia, where her father was anemployee of the government whichis being destroyed, and walk intothe countryside. Her family wasforced to pose as peasants in orderto avoid the senseless brutalitydished out by the Khmer Rouge. Itseems that the horrific happeningsencountered and witnessed byLuongs family are unending in themiddle of a genocide.
Genre: NonfictionSetting: Afghanistan War on TerrorIn May 2002, Tillman walkedaway from his $3.6 millionNFL contract to enlist in theUnited States Army. He wasdeeply troubled by 9/11, andhe felt a strong moralobligation to join the fightagainst al-Qaeda and theTaliban. Two years later, hedied on a desolate hillside insoutheastern Afghanistan.
Genre: FictionSetting: Poland WWIITwo Jewish children, a girl of 11 andher seven-year-old brother, are leftto wander the woods after theirfather and stepmother are forced toabandon them, frantically beggingthem never to say their Jewishnames, but to identify themselvesas Hansel and Gretel. In animaginative reversal of the originaltale, they encounter a small womannamed Magda, known as a "witch"by villagers, who risks her life inharboring them. The storyalternates between the childrensnightmarish adventures, and theirparents struggle for survival andhope for a safe reunion.
Genre: Short Stories?Setting: VietnamThis isnt a memoir. It isnt a novel. Acollection of short stories wouldnteven be the way to describe this. Its acombination of all three. The maincharacter is named Tim, but theauthor admits that many of the thingsin the book never happened to him.Tim wrestles with the choices of goingto Vietnam and serving his country orrunning for Canada and saving hishide. This story dances with truth as itmirrors the real experiences of TimOBrien in Nam, but theyre not quitewhat happened. This book containsgraphic scenes and a lot of colorfullanguage, but it is a classic, timelessview of one of the most controversialwars in our history as a country.
Genre: MemoirSetting: Sierra Leone 1990sBeah was a typical, michevious 12-year-old.But when rebel forces attacked his village, hewas forced to leave his home and travel thearid deserts and jungles of Africa. Afterseveral months of struggle, he was recruitedby the national army, made a full soldier andlearned to shoot an AK-47, and hatedeveryone who came up against the rebels.This normal boy is easily transformed intosomeone as addicted to killing as he is to thecocaine that the army makes readilyavailable. But an abrupt change occurred afew years later when agents from the UnitedNations pulled him out of the army and placedhim in a rehabilitation center. Anger and hateslowly faded away, and readers see the firstglimmers of Beahs work as an advocate. Thispowerful record of war ends as a beacon to allteens experiencing violence around them byshowing them that there are other ways tosurvive than by adding to the chaos.
Genre: FictionSetting: Afghanistan 1970s-2000An in-depth exploration of Afghansociety in the three decades of anti-Soviet jihad, civil war and Talibancruelty. He impels us to empathizewith and admire those mostvictimized by Afghan history andculture—women. Mariam, a 15-year-old bastard whose mother commitssuicide, is married off to 40-year-oldRasheed, who abuses herbrutally, especially after she hasseveral miscarriages. At 60, Rasheedtakes in 14-year-old Laila, whoseparents were blown up by straybombs. He soon turns violent with her.Although Laila is united with herchildhood beloved, the potentialreturn of the Taliban always shadowstheir happiness.
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