Every November 11, we celebrate Veteran’s Day, a day dedicated to those who serve(d) our country in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, or Marine Corps. To honor the brave men and women who protect our country—and other countries—on this hallowed day, we’ve compiled a list of our books that we feel also honor the intention of the day. From books written by veterans (whether or not they’re about their service) to novels about war to stories featuring a veteran, we got it all.
Mission Afghanistan by Elie Paul Cohen
Elie Paul Cohen was conscripted by the French Army to serve as a liaison emergency doctor in Afghanistan. Deployed at Camp Bastion, his mission is two-fold: 1) study the new treatment developed by the British doctors for polytraumatized soldiers and 2) share the protocols with the French Military Health Service. This unique memoir blends elements of a spy thrillers with a unique perspective on the costs of war and the medical challenges associated with the expansion of terrorism.
Resistant by Rachael Sparks
In a world that has been largely wiped out in an antibiotic crisis, Rory has survived. When a young military veteran enters her life, her world is turned upside down. He reveals secrets that her parents kept from her—including that her blood could be the key to stopping the crisis. Together they flee the government, who aims to sell her blood to the highest bidder and control who lives and who dies.
Just Like February by Deborah Batterman
This story follows Rachel from age five to her sexual awakening. It opens on her parents’ wedding. As she grows older her social worker mother and her Vietnam veteran father are always fighting, so her handsome and mysterious uncle Jake seems like the more fun alternative. When she discovers that he’s gay, she doesn’t tell a soul—even when he gets sick at the height of the AIDs crisis.
Seventh Flag by Sid Balman, Jr.
This multi-generational novel follows two military families living in Dell City, Texas. The friendship between the two families, the Laws and the Zarkans, can be traced back to a bloody knife fight at the end of World War II. In the ever-changing landscape of what constitutes identity and citizenship, the families fight enemies, both real and perceived, from within the walls of West Point to the Middle East to the darkest corners of the internet.
Raising a Doodle by Theresa Piasta
Theresa Piasta is a veteran that served fourteen months in the Iraq war about a decade ago. Since then, she founded Puppy Mama and dedicated her life to advocating for a more dog-friendly world and for the healing power of canine therapy. Her specialty is poodle hybrids, or as they’re affectionately known, doodles. In her book, Raising a Doodle, you’ll find tips for socializing and training your doodle, guidance to keep your pooch healthy, photos, stories, and more.
Sarah’s War by Eugenia Lovett West
Set in 1777 during the height of the American Revolution, this story follows Sarah, a young woman recruited to spy for the Patriots. Fueled by the death of her brother on the battlefield, Sarah is set on revenge, and will do whatever it takes to establish this new nation. She flirts with British officers, hoping to charm information out of them, and passes on any pertinent information to General Washington.
Echoes of War by Cheryl Campbell
This science fiction novel follows Dani on an Earth ravaged by decades of war started by a genocidal faction of aliens. Dani has always believed that she is human, but when she learns the truth—that she’s a near-immortal Echo—she realizes the only way to defeat the oppressive Wardens is to unite the military and civilians against them. She resolves to play her part, going head-to head with the tyrant masterminding it all—a confrontation even she may not survive.
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