April selection - The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

This title has been selected by the Austin Public Library's Mayor's Book Club. The author will be visiting Austin in April.

From the NY Times:

Kevin Powers joined the Army when he was 17 and served as a machine-gunner in Iraq in 2004 and 2005. Drawing upon those experiences, he has written a novel, one that stands with Tim O’Brien’s enduring Vietnam book, “The Things They Carried,” as a classic of contemporary war fiction.

“The Yellow Birds” is brilliantly observed and deeply affecting: at once a freshly imagined story about a soldier’s coming of age, a harrowing tale about the friendship of two young men trying to stay alive on the battlefield in Iraq, and a philosophical parable about the loss of innocence and the uses of memory.  

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  • wendy

    out of town but liked the book a lot

    April 23, 2013

  • Clay W.

    The book was complex and emotionally powerful, despite some stylistic flaws. Very interesting discussion.

    April 11, 2013

  • Maggie

    Ack ... something came up at work, and I'm just not going to make it. Sorry for the last minute change.

    April 10, 2013

  • Lisa

    My nephew's birthday is on the 10th, but looking forward to the next book selection.

    April 9, 2013

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