Three books about military service in honor of Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who are serving or have served in the armed forces. To mark the day, consider reading one of these novels or short story collections that portray military experiences during the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bring Out the Dog by Will Mackin
In this collection of 11 loosely connected short stories, U.S. Navy veteran Mackin tells stories based on his own wartime experience serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. In their starred review, Library Journal called it “a well-plotted group of small fictions for readers wishing a feel for the reality of recent U.S. ground wars.” Continue reading “Three books about military service in honor of Veterans Day”

The Vietnam War: Essential Accounts

There is no single story of the Vietnam War. In our second of four lists commemorating the premiere of Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s ten part documentary series on the Vietnam War, we feature twenty-five memoirs and personal accounts of the War and its aftermath, representing a wide array of experiences and voices. Here are some highlights.

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Veterans Day: Informational resources and recommended reading

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While the Library will be closed in observance of Veterans Day this Wednesday (November 11), we would like to highlight some materials and upcoming events that may be of interest to Seattle’s veteran community.

On Thursday, November 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., we will host a Drop-In for Veteran Services event at the Central Library. A veteran specialist from Supportive Services for Veteran Families will be on hand to assist veterans with issues such as housing, counseling, and transportation. This event is free and does not require registration (though space is limited, and we encourage you arrive early to guarantee a seat). Anyone who cannot attend the Nov. 19 session is encouraged to attend the second session, also at the Central Library, on Thursday, December 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Continue reading “Veterans Day: Informational resources and recommended reading”