Category Writing

Vindication in 2017

I haven’t cried yet. I’ve begun to think that means something is wrong. Let’s start from the beginning. This is going to be a post about our current state of political affairs. I suppose that is a disclaimer; I know this is not a topic I typically write about here. But there it is. Our […]

Finding Meaning in Old Ghosts: Q&A With Author Matt Gallagher

In Matt Gallagher’s Youngblood, Lieutenant Jack Porter grapples with right and wrong, wrestling his conscience against the complicated realities of a mentally taxing tour in Iraq. When the brash Sergeant Daniel Chambers and the intoxicating Rana, daughter of an Iraqi sheik, arrive on the scene, bringing mysterious old ghosts with them, Porter finds himself tested […]

War Lit Book List: Take Two

The shelf has (unwieldingly) expanded since last year, in the best possible way—these additions are powerful and profound, and a few are new to my reading list. I’m excited to dig in!   From top to bottom, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (New Year reading!) x The Sandbox by Mike Liguori (New Year reading!) x My […]

Before and After Memory: Q&A With Author Artis Henderson

  In her moving debut memoir Unremarried Widow, Artis Henderson reflects on the brief time she spent with her husband Miles, an Army pilot who died in Iraq in 2006, just a few months after they were married. With profound openness, Henderson writes about the before — a young couple figuring out life and love […]

Time to Heal: Q&A With Author Kayla Williams

Kayla Williams, a former Army Specialist who has written about her experiences in Iraq, has penned an engrossing new memoir about her journey once home: realizing her identity as a female veteran as well as navigating the complexities of love after she falls for Brian, a fellow soldier who suffers a devastating brain injury after […]

War Lit Book List: A Holiday Gift Idea

This holiday season, consider gifting one of these dynamic books—they’re thought-provoking to be sure, but they’re also just great reads! From left to right, Final Salute by Jim Sheeler Two Souls Indivisible by James S. Hirsch Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel Wife and War: the Memoir by Amalie Flynn Flashes of War by Katey […]

Writing in Poetic Prose: Q&A with Author Amalie Flynn

From the opening pages of Amalie Flynn’s debut book, you are pulled in to its elegant intimacy. The fateful moments of September 11th unfold, Flynn’s words vividly capturing disbelief and awe in equal turn. After, in exploring her husband’s deployment and transition, she turns philosophical, endeavoring to understand his story as well as her own. […]