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The author of the book: Helen Thorpe
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Date of issue: July 7th 2015
ISBN 13: 9781451668117
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From an award-winning, "meticulously observant" (The New Yorker), and "masterful" (Booklist) writer comes a groundbreaking account of three women deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, and how their military service affected their friendship, their personal lives, and their families.
America has been continuously at war since the fall of 2001. This has been a matter of bitter political debate, of course, but what is incontestable is that a sizable percentage of American soldiers sent overseas in this era have been women. The experience in the American military is, it's safe to say, quite different from that of men. Surrounded and far outnumbered by men, embedded in a male culture, looked upon as both alien and desirable, women have experiences of special interest.
In Soldier Girls, Helen Thorpe follows the lives of three women over twelve years on their paths to the military, overseas to combat, and back home, and then overseas again for two of them. These women, who are quite different in every way, become friends, and we watch their interaction and also what happens when they are separated. We see their families, their lovers, their spouses, their children. We see them work extremely hard, deal with the attentions of men on base and in war zones, and struggle to stay connected to their families back home. We see some of them drink too much, have illicit affairs, and react to the deaths of fellow soldiers. And we see what happens to one of them when the truck she is driving hits an explosive in the road, blowing it up. She survives, but her life may never be the same again.
Deeply reported, beautifully written, and powerfully moving, Soldier Girls is truly groundbreaking.
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Read information about the authorHelen Thorpe is the author of three books, most recently THE NEWCOMERS. Malcolm Gladwell has said, "Helen Thorpe has taken policy and turned it into literature."
In THE NEWCOMERS, Thorpe follows 22 refugee and immigrant teenagers during their first year in America, as they land in the same beginner level English Language Acquisition classroom. They map the global refugee crisis in full and she also traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the largest sender of refugees to the US, to understand one family's journey better.
Her first book was JUST LIKE US, followed DREAMers from adolescence into adulthood, and it won the Colorado Book Award in 2009. Her second book, SOLDIER GIRLS, recounted the overseas deployments of three female veterans who served in the National Guard, and the challenges they faced coming back home. It was named Time Magazine's number one nonfiction book of 2014.
Born in London to Irish parents, Thorpe grew up in New Jersey. She is a veteran journalist who formerly worked as a staff writer for The New York Observer, The New Yorker, and Texas Monthly. She has also produced radio stories that have aired on This American Life and Soundprint. She lives in Denver, Colorado.