Military Family/Memoir – Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife

wounded-warrior-wounded-wifeWounded Warrior, Wounded Wife
Not Just Surviving But Thriving
By Barbara K. McNally
Publisher: Koehler Books
Published: October 2016
ISBN: 978-1633932876
ASIN: B01LXU8VLK
Pages: 226
Genre: Memoir, Family, Military Families
Formats Available For Review: print (limited quantities, only available to qualified reviewers/bloggers in the U.S.), pdf, mobi

Meet the women who drew upon their inner resilience and prevailed. These vivid personal accounts provide inspiration to those who face daunting challenges, and offer inspiration. Each one of these brave, strong military spouses shares her personal tale of reuniting, recovering, and rebuilding with her catastrophically wounded warrior. Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife offers an intimate look into the chaotic and demanding lives of military spouses as they adjust to living with injured combat veterans. These women are thrust into caretaker roles for soldiers who return home with amputated limbs, brain injuries, burns, and disabilities, with virtually no support or training.

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Memoir – Paths Less Travelled of a Scholar Warrior (Spy) Teacher Healer

Paths Less Travelled of a Scholar Warrior (Spy) Teacher HealerPaths Less Travelled of a Scholar Warrior (Spy) Teacher Healer
By Hon K. Lee
Published: July 2014
ISBN: 978-1494756253
ASIN: B00MFTNL9G
Genre: Memoir
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A personal memoir by Hon K. Lee describing his adventures: growing up in New York’s Chinatown; being a combat Marine; running CIA clandestine operations; teaching Chinese martial arts; and treating patients with Chinese medicine and acupuncture.

His story begins with Lee as a scrawny runt in a Chinese immigrant family. He gets bullied so often he yearns to be like the kung fu heroes he sees in the movies. He becomes a Marine to prove himself, but the horrors of war make him wonder what it would take to achieve peace. He joins the CIA’s clandestine service, only to see his career threatened in an ordeal that makes him reevaluate his life purpose, leading him to chase his dream to study Chinese medicine. Along the way, he apprentices with top martial arts masters, and opens a school to pass on what he’s learned.

In this straightforward, often humorous memoir Lee narrates his adventures from the streets of Chinatown to the battlefields of Vietnam, and from the corridors of CIA headquarters to the acupuncture clinics of Shanghai.

While his journey seems to take divergence paths, those familiar with stories about the knights of ancient China will recognize he’s traveling a singular path – a four-fold one of Scholar Warrior Teacher Healer, with Spy thrown in.

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Memoir – Honorable Intentions

Honorable IntentionsHonorable Intentions
By Russell Jones
Publisher: Hill Country Ink
ISBN: 978-0578092133
Pages: 298
Genre: Memoir

Honorable Intentions is a memoir of an American warrior who, as a combat helicopter pilot in Vietnam, a police officer and undercover narcotics detective, intelligence agent during the contra war in Central America, narcotics consultant in the Soviet Union and China, kept his eyes wide open and is willing to stand up and pull the veil away on what is really happening today in the war on drugs.

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Memoir – The Gringo

The Gringo: A MemoirThe Gringo
by J. Grigsby Crawford
Publisher: Wild Elephant Press
ISBN: 978-0988482272
Published: December 2012
Pages: 240
Genre: Memoir, Travel

Within weeks of arriving as a Peace Corps volunteer in a remote corner of South America, Crawford gets a lot more than he bargained for: a narrow escape from a kidnapping plot hatched by the people he was sent there to help.

Then things only get stranger.

In his quest to find adventure, Crawford undertakes a savage journey of danger, drugs, sex, and alarming illness. When anyone else would have packed up and quit, he endures—despite the unbearable pain and isolation. What resulted is The Gringo: one part literary tale of two lonely years in the Amazon jungle and one part gonzo-journalism account of a government agency wandering aimlessly through the twenty-first century.

Crawford doesn’t glamorize the darkness or poverty he encounters. Instead, with fragility and toughness, he delivers a memoir of life abroad that is unlike any other. Filled with sharp humor and eye-opening observations about the human condition, this is an unforgettable story that grabs the reader and doesn’t let go.

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Memoir – Memories

MemoriesMemories
By Capt. Weston H. Ament
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-0615523934
Published: February 2012
Pages: 208
Genre: Memoir

Other than being born by caesarian section in California in 1921, nothing would portend the momentous life Weston H. Ament would go on to live. By the time he was in High School, he was already drawn to flight and was soon to be enrolled in aviation studies at Boeing School of Aeronautics, a division of united Airlines. What followed next was the stuff legends are made of.

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Memoir – The Long Escape

The Long EscapeThe Long Escape
By Jeff Noonan
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781466434264
Published: January 2012
Pages: 326
Genre: Memoir, Naval Adventure

Jeff Noonan was raised in the mountain country of Montana in a happy home…until his father turned to alcohol and became a violent abuser. In early adulthood, Jeff’s globetrotting in the military did nothing to extinguish the pain of that abuse, but through perseverance, hope, and an iron will, he transcended his abuser to create a successful and fulfilling life. An extraordinary tale of courage and horrific violence, this memoir is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and that through perseverance happiness can be achieved.

As a child, Jeff idolizes his father: a former boxer, park ranger, and congressional candidate. As the boy grows older, however, his father’s transformation into a full-blown alcoholic results in increasingly abusive behavior that involves, one by one, the horrific beating of his mother, himself, and his seven siblings. Life becomes a daily struggle, both physical and financial, for the boy and his family. After working as a laborer for several years, he is still in his teens when he joins the service to escape the abuse and provide an income to his family.

From Asian adventures and shipboard hijinks to killer typhoons and Hong Kong bar battles, he fights his way to acceptance in the rough and tumble world of a destroyer sailor. But you can never run from yourself. He is continually drawn back to Montana where his meetings with his father become predictably more violent until an epic confrontation where Jeff’s younger brothers emerge as his greatest allies. In the meantime, he is assigned to an entry-level position scrubbing Navy bathrooms. Through hard work and non-stop studying, he eventually becomes a Navy leader, supervising teams that work on experimental shipboard guided missile systems.

A sobering, visceral, and shockingly real portrait of domestic violence, the boy’s relentless drive for survival is nothing short of extraordinary. An uplifting journey to redemption and self-acceptance, The Long Escape sends an unforgettable message to the abused that there can be hope and love in their futures if they can find a way to escape.

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