War, and More War …

I’m about 1/3 of the way through the Laura Bush memoir and already looking forward to two new releases:  War by Sebastian Junger and The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer.

War is the nonfiction account of journalist Junger’s 14 months in 2007–2008 intermittently embedded with a platoon of the 173rd Airborne brigade in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, one of the bloodiest corners of the conflict.  I have high expectations for this one.  It’s been a year since I read a book by someone on the ground in Afghanistan (The Forever War) so I’m definitely overdue.

The Invisible Bridge is fiction set during WWII, and I am always up for a good story that takes place during this time period.  At 600+ pages, it might be my “big book” for the summer.  This is Orringer’s first novel, but her short story collection — How to Breathe Underwater — is excellent so I’m looking forward to seeing what she can do with the long form.

Happy reading.