Thank You, Veterans!

Today, the United States remembers and thanks all veterans who have served this country. For those of us who have not served, memoirs are stirring and sobering first-person accounts of war. We’ve selected a few titles as recommended reading.

Though not a memoir, this collection of accounts is just as important, as it has been a neglected subject:

As we head into this weekend after a hard week, try to see the stories within the strangers around you.

Korean War veterans attend a Veterans Day ceremony aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial. This year's ceremony was dedicated to America's Nisei, second-generation, U.S.-born Japanese-American soldiers who served during World War II in the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Military Intelligence Service, and 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion. The ceremony signaled the opening of a special exhibit aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial honoring the service and bravery of America's Nisei soldiers. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan/Released)
Korean War veterans attend a Veterans Day ceremony aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial. The 2013 ceremony was dedicated to America’s Nisei, second-generation, U.S.-born Japanese-American soldiers who served during World War II in the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Military Intelligence Service, and 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion. The ceremony signaled the opening of a special exhibit aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial honoring the service and bravery of America’s Nisei soldiers. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan/Released)

Six-Word Memoirs

by xoxo press
by xoxo press

Nearly a year ago, I was at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee (which is awesome, by the way, and you should totally go), and was able to see a talk by Piper Kerman (yes, of Orange Is the New Black) and her husband, Larry Smith. Piper talked about prison reform and her experiences, and Larry talked about his work on Six-Word Memoirs. I’ll be the first to admit that I went to see Piper because I am a fan of the show, but Larry’s portion surprised and excited me.

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