Monday, May 20, 2013

Memorial Day 2013

War and Remembrance
In the week leading up to Memorial Day, we offer suggestions for thoughtful reading, listening, and viewing.

Books and Reading
Observe Memorial Day with a great book. Recently published titles, fiction and non-fiction:
Cronkite's War : His World War II Letters Home
Amercian Sniper by Chris Kyle
Trident K-9 Warriors : My Tales from the Training Ground to the Battlefield with Elite Navy SEAL Canines by Mike Ritland
Blackhorse Riders : a Desperate Last Stand, an Extraordinary Rescue Mission, and the Vietnam Battle America Forgot by Philip A. Keith
The Long Walk : a Story of War and the Life that Follows by Brian Castner
Shade It Black : Death and After in Iraq by Jess Goodell
Those Who Have Borne the Battle : a History of America's Wars and Those Who Fought Them by James Wright
The Girls of Atomic City : the Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II  by Denise Kiernan
The Secrets of Mary Bowser : a Novel by Lois Leveen
Blood of War by Larry Bond and Jim DeFelice (Red Dragon Rising Series, 4)
The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes

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Quick list 25 regarded films :
The Big Red One -- The Messenger -- South Pacific -- Tora! Tora! Tora! -- Mr. Roberts -- Black Hawk Down -- Platoon -- Saving Private Ryan -- Flags of Our Fathers -- Glory -- They Were Expendable -- Patton -- From Here to Eternity -- Boy in the Striped Pajamas -- The Great Escape -- Bridge on the River Kwai -- M*A*S*H -- Red Badge of Courage -- Deer Hunter -- Thin Red Line -- Hurt Locker -- Full Metal Jacket -- Paths of Glory -- Midway -- Gallipoli

Fiction for Youth
Vietnam (Series) by Chris Lynch
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
Once by Morris Gleitzman
Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis

Books for Kids
Memorial Day by Robin Nelson
Memorial Day Surprise by Theresa Martin Golding
Memorial Day by Amy Margaret
The Wall by Eve Bunting
Wee Sing America by Pamela Conn Beall and Susan Hagen Nipp
Knit Your Bit : a World War I Story by Deborah Hopkinson
Dogs on Duty : Soldiers' Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
War Horse or Shadow by Michael Morpurgo
Nurse, Soldier, Spy : the Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero by Marissa Moss
Phantoms in the Snow by Kathleen Benner Duble