by Beth Cronk, Litchfield head librarian
Our library will be closed on Monday, November 11, to observe Veterans Day. This seems a good time to highlight some of the recent books about American veterans that we have available.
Thank You for Your Service is an account of the impact of war on veterans after they return home. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Finkel followed some of the soldiers from the unit with which he was embedded during the Iraq surge. He describes the struggles and suffering they and their families experience after they go back to civilian life. Finkel asks and answers questions about what we ask of the men and women who go to war, and what we thank them for when they return.
Another of the books we have on World War II includes the experience of a local resident, Wanda Nordlie. Wanda, Lieutenant Thoen at the time, was an army nurse who helped to liberate the concentration camp at Ebensee, Austria. The book Inside the Gates by Dr. Richard MacDonald tells the previously untold story.
There is so much to learn about the experiences generations of veterans have had in war and peacetime. We thank them for their service to our country.