Every year on November 11, we honor America’s military veterans for their service. Below are some recent, thoughtful reads to help you observe.
Plus, mark your calendar to watch Oak Park’s annual Veterans Day ceremony virtually on Zoom Wednesday, November 11 at 11 am:
- On your computer: Visit zoom.us, enter meeting ID 839-1069-9966 with passcode “service”
- By phone: Call 312.626.6799, enter meeting ID 839-1069-9966, and use the passcode 3610780
The event also will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube. Get all the details in this article from the Chicago Tribune »
They Were Soldiers by Joseph L. Galloway
Why you should try it: Be inspired by the stories of these 49 Vietnam veterans who went on to accomplish amazing things.
Description: Joseph Galloway and coauthor Marvin Wolf bring to life the inspirational stories of Vietnam veterans who returned home from the “lost war” to enrich America’s present and future.
Wheels of Courage by David Davis
Why you should try it: Find out how these veterans overcame the stigma of paralysis—doctors at the time considered paraplegics “dead-enders” and “no hopers”—to forever change our society.
Description: Following the lives of three paralyzed vets and their role in creating wheelchair basketball, this inspiring true story introduces the World War II veterans who started America’s first-ever wheelchair sports competition, forever changing the world.
The Women With Silver Wings by Katherine Sharp Landdeck
Why you should try it: Discover the fascinating and little-known history of the Women Airforce Service Pilots.
Description: Tells the true story of the daring female aviators who helped the United States win World War II—only to be forgotten by the country they served.
Stream & download with: Media on Demand/Libby (ebook, digital audiobook)
No Ordinary Dog by Will Chesney
Why you should try it: This is perfect for military aficionados and dog lovers.
Description: Tells the true story of a SEAL Team Operator and military dog handler, and the dog that saved his life.
Stream & download with: Media on Demand/Libby (ebook)
Why We Serve by Alexandra N. Harris
Why you should try it: An important record of overlooked history that also happens to be gorgeously illustrated.
Description: Why We Serve commemorates the 2020 opening of the National Native American Veterans Memorial at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the first landmark in Washington, DC, to recognize the bravery and sacrifice of Native veterans.
Sacred Duty by Tom Cotton
Why you should try it: This history of the oldest active-duty regiment in the Army is informative and reverent.
Description: The conservative Arkansas senator presents an intimate and uplifting portrait of Arlington National Cemetery’s Old Guard, in a historical memoir that draws on his tradition-inspired service as a unit platoon leader in wartime.
PTSD by Guillaume Singelin
Why you should try it: Publishers Weekly called this graphic novel a “gorgeous meditation on the lingering horrors of war.”
Description: In a near-future world, a veteran comes home from an unpopular war and struggles to cope with her mental and physical wounds, while seeking relief in illicit drugs she buys or steals.
Three War Stories by David Mamet
Why you should try it: If you prefer fiction and an author that is stylistically experimental, try these novellas.
Description: Three novellas from the acclaimed director and playwright span across centuries and continents and include the story of a 19th century Secret Service officer who transforms himself when taken prisoner and two ex-military men who steal a plane from Israel.
Stream & download with: Hoopla (ebook)
Kathy is a Collection Management Librarian who loves reading, sharing, and talking about books. Her missions in life are to: create communities of readers, convince folks that her official title should be “Book Pusher,” and refute that “disco” is a dirty word.