Friday, November 11, 2011

Two Titles for your Vets Day Reading List (for the price of one)

In honor of Veterans Day, we are pleased to announce (with gratitude to Grove/Atlantic for the ability to do so) a topical buy-one-get-one-free sale. This weekend (as in, right now through Sunday) if you buy a copy of Karl Marlantes' What It Is Like to Go To War, you'll also get a free copy of Matterhorn, his Vietnam war novel (and a former Green Apple Book of the Month) for free. Both an excellent literary deal and a hearty stack of timely and related reading material for the coming winter months, these two books both deal with the physical, political, and emotional effects of war -- Matterhorn from a fictional perspective, and What It Is Like to G0 to War a deeply personal and thorough non-fiction account of Marlantes' own experience as a veteran. The memoir, in which Marlantes struggles with trauma and navigating his relationships upon his return home (at one point even seeking absolution in a meeting with mythologist Joseph Campbell), professes itself to be both a personal reconciliation of sorts and a call to citizens and legislators to better understand the consequences of war for the individual. And if you've been waiting to read Matterhorn (a book we liked so much that multiple Green Applers endorsed it last year), or were considering giving it as a gift, well, what better time?

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