The Memorial Day Weekend is fast approaching, the time when our thoughts turn to those who gave their lives while serving in the Armed Forces. It is also the unofficial start of summer for a lot of us. With these things in mind, here are some reading, watching and listening suggestions for the holiday that can be found at the library.
Going to a parade? Get into the mood and listen to these in your car:
Salute to the Services by The Military Band
I Love a Parade by the Boston Pops
Having a barbecue? We’ve got some cookbooks for you:
The Food Network star shares his favorite techniques and recipes for outdoor cooking through the year along with recipes for delectable desserts, flavorful sauces and condiments and delicious drinks.
The TV grillmaster offers his latest globe-trotting barbecue tome, touring 60 countries in six continents to bring more than 300 exotic recipes to your backyard, in a book the offers choices for beef, chicken, fish, shellfish, vegetables, kebabs, wings, ribs and even dessert.
Looking forward to relaxing with a good book?
Redeployment by Phil Klay
A collection of short stories by a former Marine captain and Iraq veteran focuses on the complexities of life for soldiers on the front lines and after, exploring themes ranging from brutality and faith to guilt and survival.
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
Heroic young men carry the emotional weight of their lives to war in Vietnam in a patchwork account of a modern journey into the heart of darkness.
A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith
Meeting for the first time for a shared pilgrimage to France to visit the graves of their World War I soldier sons, an Irish maid, a chicken farmer’s wife, a Boston socialite, a former tennis star, and a librarian meet a brutally scarred journalist before confronting a shocking secret.
Or a movie?
The Longest Day (Film)
Tells the story of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in WWII. There are dozens of characters, some seen only briefly, who together weave the story of five separate invasion points that made up the operation.
Band of Brothers (TV Mini-series)
The story of Easy Company of the US Army 101st Airborne division and their mission in WWII Europe from Operation Overlord through V-J Day.
Is a long drive part of your plans? Listen to an audiobook:
A Blaze of Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh by Jeff Shaara
A fictional account of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, told from the perspectives of participants on both sides, recreates the April 1862 surprise attack by Confederate forces on the Union Army at Shiloh.
Under Fire by W.E.B. Griffin
When Captain Ken McCoy is asked to leave the Corps after his report on probable North Korean hostilities displeases his superiors, McCoy is hired by the CIA and must join with other veterans to retaliate against Korea’s invasion of the 38th parallel.
Everyone please have a good and reflective Memorial Day weekend.
– posted by Sonia, Reference Services