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 […]

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. […]

Flashes of War, Katey Schultz’s debut short story collection, is an intriguing amalgam of narratives: veterans and military spouses. Civilians of Iraq and children in Afghanistan. Deployments and transitions. Past and present. The future of Schultz’s collection lies in its power—she is an incredible voice. And a civilian. I asked Schultz, via email, about her […]

If you’re angling to pick up a book during this last official summer weekend, I couldn’t more highly recommend Siobhan Fallon’s You Know When the Men Are Gone. Or Fire and Forget, a collection of veteran-penned short stories to which Fallon was a unique contribution: writing from her perspective as a military spouse. In each […]

Post-war stories are part of our national lexicon. In the last decade, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have created a new generation of veterans with unique narratives to share. The War Writers’ Campaign and Words After War are two organizations now emerging as lightening rods for these voices, encouraging an openness of reflection that […]

Random fact No. 89 about me: by day, I work at an education non-profit in New York City. Amongst the education community, the phrase “Common Core Learning Standards” (CCLS) has been bandied about quite a bit. Some of you, particularly if you’re education-minded or have school-age children, might have heard of it too. As a […]

Today is Armed Forces Day. Like Memorial Day and Veterans Day, it’s a time to remember the service of the brave men and women who fight for our country. But their families—the most important 1 percent in our nation—think of them every day. They walk past pictures and bedrooms, wait for telephone rings and Skype […]