Love My Rifle More Than YoueBook - 2006
"Brave, honest, and necessary."—Nancy Pearl, NPR SeattleKayla Williams is one of the 15 percent of the U.S. Army that is female, and she is a great storyteller. With a voice that is "funny, frank and full of gritty details" ( New York Daily News ), she tells of enlisting under Clinton; of learning Arabic; of the sense of duty that fractured her relationships; of being surrounded by bravery and bigotry, sexism and fear; of seeing 9/11 on Al-Jazeera; and of knowing she would be going to war. With a passion that makes her memoir "nearly impossible to put down" ( Buffalo News ) Williams shares the powerful gamut of her experiences in Iraq, from caring for a wounded civilian to aiming a rifle at a child. Angry at the bureaucracy and the conflicting messages of today's military, Williams offers us "a raw, unadulterated look at war" ( San Antonio Express News ) and at the U.S. Army. And she gives us a woman's story of empowerment and self-discovery.
Publisher: [S.I.] : W. W. Norton & Company, 2006.
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