Sharing Soldiers’ Stories on Veterans Day

Today, we honor servicemen and -women for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Tales of battle have been handed down for centuries, and writers of fact and fiction continue to explore not only what soldiers take into battle, but also what follows them home. Some of the best books on your shelves tell these soldiers’ stories.

amagnassett-mark-mills Amagansett, by Mark Mills

 Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walkby Ben Fountain

Black Hawk Down, by Mark Bowden

The Ha-Ha, by Dave King

 A Hard and Heavy Thing, by Matthew Hefti

last-of-the-doughboysJarhead, by Anthony Swofford

 Koko, by Peter Straub

The Last of the Doughboys, by Richard Rubin

 Peace, by Richard Bausch

 Redeploymentby Phil Klay

soldier-girlsSoldier Girls, by Helen Thorpe

Thank You for Your Service, by David Finkel

The Things They Cannot Say, by Kevin Sites

 The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien

 Tree of Smoke, by Denis Johnson

why-marines-fightThe Yellow Birds, by Kevin Powers

War, by Sebastian Junger

 What Is It Like to Go to War, by Karl Marlantes

 Why Marines Fight, by James Brady

 Youngblood, by Matt Gallagher

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Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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