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Heroines of War: Adult Summer Reading

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All I Could Be : My Story as a Woman Warrior in Iraq
by Miyoko Hikiji Details
This inaugural account, during the onset of the Global War on Terrorism, by a female National Guard soldier provides evidence of the vitality of female fighters. It pays tribute to the two soldiers in her unit that lost their lives, and shows how love can be more vital in the desert than in water. This story exposes the comradeship, intimacy, cowardice and humor of soldiers living in physical and emotional grit. Through the candid telling of her encounters with battle buddies, the Iraqi people and enemy prisoners of war, Hikiji adds the timely, unexpected and fresh perspective about the Iraq war that readers are thirsting for.
American Wife: A Memoir of Love, Service, Faith, and Renewal
by Taya Kyle Details
The widow of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle shares their private story: an unforgettable testament to the power of love and faith in the face of war and unimaginable loss--and a moving tribute to a man whose true heroism ran even deeper than the legend.
It's What I Do : A Photographer's Life of Love and War
by Lynsey Addario Details
War photographer Lynsey Addario's memoir It's What I Do is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major theater of war in the twenty-first century, has shaped her life. What she does, with clarity, beauty, and candor, is to document, often in their most extreme moments, the complex lives of others. It's her work, but it's much more than that: it's her singular calling.
Kimberly's Flight : The Story of Captain Kimberly Hampton, America's First Woman Combat Pilot Killed in Battle
by Anna Simon Details
Kimberly's Flight is the story of Captain Hampton's exemplary life. This story is told through nearly fifty interviews and her own e-mails to family and friends, and is entwined with her mother's, Ann Hampton, narrative of loving and losing a child.
Love My Rifle More Than You : Young and Female in the U.S. Army
by Kayla Williams Details
With a passion that makes her memoir "nearly impossible to put down" (Buffalo News) Williams shares the powerful gamut of her experiences in Iraq, from caring for a wounded civilian to aiming a rifle at a child. Angry at the bureaucracy and the conflicting messages of today's military, Williams offers us "a raw, unadulterated look at war" (San Antonio Express News) and at the U.S. Army. And she gives us a woman's story of empowerment and self-discovery.
Soldier Girls : The Battles of Three Women at Home and At War
by Helen Thorpe Details
Describes the experiences of three women soldiers deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq to reveal how their military service has affected their friendship, personal lives and families, detailing the realities of their work on bases and in war zones and how their choices and losses shaped their perspectives.
Spymistress : The Life of Vera Atkins, the Greatest Female Secret Agent of World War II
by William Stevenson Details
The stirring exploits and the exemplary courage of the SOE agents and the French Resistance fighters--who in the words of General Dwight D. Eisenhower together "shortened the war by many months"--are justly celebrated. But the central role of Vera Atkins has until now been cloaked in silence. William Stevenson was the only person she trusted to record her life; he kept his promise that he would not publish her story until after her death. Here is the extraordinary account of the woman whose intelligence, beauty, and unflagging dedication proved key in turning the tide of World War II.
Updated 04/24/2015

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