This Week’s Favorite Reads

This week’s recap focuses on some of our favorite books, articles, and stories that we’ve read that have had us thinking and talking.

 

John Adams won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

John Adams by David McCullough

Brianna says, “I’ve been reading this book for a while now, but this week I managed to find some good reading time. Suddenly, I find myself perilously close to the end of this beautifully written and expertly told biography of our second president. David McCullough is a master of characterization and has made me fall completely in love with John and Abigail Adams. I know in what years each of them died, and as I inch closer and closer to their inevitable demise I find myself reading more and more slowly. I can’t bear the thought of parting ways with this wonderful couple!”

 

“Home Fires: How Solders Write Their Wars,” by George Packer in The New Yorker (April 2014)

It took us a while to finally getting around to reading through this whole article, but it was absolutely worth the wait. Packer’s excellent piece explores how war literature has changed from World War I to the present, from Wilfred Owen to Kevin Powers. Packed full of poetry and prose, the article is both a fascinating literary history and a thoughtful literary criticism of one of the most powerful and historically brilliant genres of writing.

 

“The Dogs of War,” by Michael Paterniti in National Geographic Magazine (June 2014)

There was a brief scene in the Academy-Award winning film Zero Dark Thirty that showed U.S. SEAL Team Sixteen boarding helicopters for their mission into Pakistan to assassinate Osama Bin Ladin. It happens quickly, but in that scene, you can see a military dog boarding the helicopter along with his human teammates. We were immediately fascinated and spent some time researching military working dogs, so we were thrilled when this month’s issue of National Geographic featured an excellent article on the dogs and handlers of the canine units.