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Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War [Format Kindle]

Helen Thorpe

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Revue de presse

"In the tradition of Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Richard Rhodes, and other masters of literary journalism, SOLDIER GIRLS is utterly absorbing, gorgeously written, and unforgettable." (Boston Globe)

"A breakthrough work... What Thorpe accomplishes in SOLDIER GIRLS is something far greater than describing the experience of women in the military. The book is a solid chunk of American history -- detailing the culture's failing, resilience and progress... Thorpe triumphs." (The New York Times Book Review)

With a novelist’s perception of character, drama, and telling detail, Helen Thorpe magically weaves together the stories of three very different but equally compelling women soldiers. Taken together, their stories provide an intimate window on life in the military, the impact of war, and the difficult transition to home. This is an absolutely terrific and important work.” (Doris Kearns Goodwin)

"A nuanced look at the lives of female soliders that is as intimate as it is groundbreaking." (O Magazine)

"A thoughtful, fascinating and often heartbreaking account... Thorpe manages to burrow deeply into the lives of these women...incredibly intimate." (Miami Herald)

"A dynamic understanding of what it’s been like for Guard members who unexpectedly found themselves shipped off to the front lines of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq... highly complex matters are all made palpably real through the prism of this book’s three heroines’ lives." (The New York Times)

“A raw, intimate look at the impact of combat and the healing power of friendship.” (People magazine)

"Tracking a trio in an Indiana battalion, Thorpe movingly captures how unexpected deployments rocked women's lives... she unravels the women's complex relations--and how they sustain one another." (Elle Magazine)

"Moving... Highlighting how profoundly military service changed their lives--and the lives of their families--this visceral narrative illuminates the role of women in the military, the burdens placed on the National Guard, and the disproportionate burden of these wars borne by the poor." (Publishers Weekly, STARRED review)

"The absorbing story of how wartime experiences shaped the lives and friendships of three female soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan... Intensely immersive reading." (Kirkus, STARRED review)

"Laudable for its clear focus on individuals and their idiosyncratic life stories... Soldier Girls is a worthy addition to the literature of our most recent wars.The three women at the heart of Thorpe’s story share a tender, familial bond that, like so much else in war literature, is generally ascribed to men... an eloquent reminder of how women’s experiences are transforming military lore." (Bookforum)

"Thorpe fills this gripping tale with the women’s own words, texts, and letters (from friends and their children, as well), and the story is engrossing and heartbreaking at once." (Booklist)

"Heart-breaking... absorbing, funny... a cry worth attending, sounded by a band of sisters put in harm's way." (Newsday)

Pr??sentation de l'??diteur

From an award-winning, “meticulously observant” (The New Yorker), and “masterful” (Booklist) writer comes a groundbreaking account of three women deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, and how their military service affected their friendship, their personal lives, and their families.

America has been continuously at war since the fall of 2001. This has been a matter of bitter political debate, of course, but what is uncontestable is that a sizeable percentage of American soldiers sent overseas in this era have been women. The experience in the American military is, it’s safe to say, quite different from that of men. Surrounded and far outnumbered by men, imbedded in a male culture, looked upon as both alien and desirable, women have experiences of special interest.

In Soldier Girls, Helen Thorpe follows the lives of three women over twelve years on their paths to the military, overseas to combat, and back home…and then overseas again for two of them. These women, who are quite different in every way, become friends, and we watch their interaction and also what happens when they are separated. We see their families, their lovers, their spouses, their children. We see them work extremely hard, deal with the attentions of men on base and in war zones, and struggle to stay connected to their families back home. We see some of them drink too much, have illicit affairs, and react to the deaths of fellow soldiers. And we see what happens to one of them when the truck she is driving hits an explosive in the road, blowing it up. She survives, but her life may never be the same again.

Deeply reported, beautifully written, and powerfully moving, Soldier Girls is truly groundbreaking.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 417 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1451668104
  • Editeur : Scribner (5 août 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 No More Weekend Warriors 5 août 2014
Par takingadayoff - Publié sur
Three women in Indiana, before September 11, 2001, joined the Indiana National Guard. They joined for different reasons, one for the college tuition she could never hope to earn otherwise, one on a dare, one to carry on the tradition of military in her family. As National Guard members, they expected their duties would be to help out in times of local disaster or in the unlikely event that the United States was being invaded. Little did they know.

Author Helen Thorpe follows the three women from before they join, to their decision to enlist, their training, and their deployment to Afghanistan, their difficult return to the States, the rebuilding of their lives, further deployments, and aftermath.

Soldier Girls turns out to be not so much a story of the different experiences that men and women soldiers have, but a story of three soldiers who happen to be women. There's some harassment and some skepticism about whether they are strong enough, physically and emotionally, for duty in a war zone, but with one glaring exception, their experiences seem to be not much different than that of thousands of other soldiers who have gone to Iraq and Afghanistan over the last thirteen years.

They make it through their first tours in one piece, but they are all surprised to find how difficult returning to normal life is. Their families and friends are sympathetic but don't really understand. Only someone who was there can understand.

Thorpe takes her time telling their stories, and although I'm normally an impatient reader who skips through slow parts, I didn't skip a word of Soldier Girls. The pace is necessary. You get to know the women and their routines and lives, so that when they are just beginning to rebuild their lives after the return from Afghanistan, the jolt of learning that they are going to be sent to Iraq is devastating. I felt angry and a sense of desperation for them, after what they had been through, and how they had slowly put their lives back together. My feelings must have been a tiny fraction of the anger and despair they, and every soldier who's sent back for a second, third, fourth tour, felt.

This book is going to be on my mind for some time, I think.

(Thanks to NetGalley for a digital review copy.)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Inspiring and sobering at the same time 9 août 2014
Par MainStreetMama - Publié sur
I couldn't put it down. This book took me right to the center of these women's decisions and experiences. Maybe they don't represent all women in the military or even in the Guard but I learned something new on every page about what they faced and about the consequences on real Americans when our government makes a decision to take action. In my life, I don't have a lot of connection to people in the military and I'm sorry to say that I never really thought about what would drive someone to sign up for that. I thought the book kept it real - their reasons were part economic, part personal, part idealistic - and this book made me want to learn and understand more. One of the things I loved was how it showed their courage - it was all a mess, at war or at home, but they kept trying to move forward and do the right thing and that doesn't come out perfectly for any of us, right?!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 MOVING, RIVETING, WELL-RESEARCHED 9 août 2014
Par Lisa Jones - Publié sur
In SOLDIER GIRLS, Helen Thorpe’s brilliantly detailed reporting puts us on a narrative stream that starts as a trickle and crashes into a maelstrom as three female members of the Indiana National Guard deploy into military service in the Middle East.

In the ten years Michelle Fischer, Desma Brooks and Debbie Helton know each other, “they survive two wars, two deployments, two homecomings, a dozen men, one lesbian affair, a lot of heartache, and many questions about the well-being of the three children who had gotten caught up in the evolving question of what role women should play in war,” writes Helen. Her detailed reporting lets us feel their fear, their excitement, and it very winningly shows us their growing friendship.

SOLDIER GIRLS opened my eyes to an unknown-to-me part of the American experience, and I’m grateful for it. I’m usually blown away by Helen’s meticulous research, which enlivened her first book JUST LIKE US as well as this book. So I was a bit surprised when a reader took issue with Helen’s reference, during an interview with Jon Stewart, to one of the women repairing AK-47s.

“The US does not use AK-47s,” protested the reader in his review. There are no US ‘weapons mechanics’ who ‘repair AK-47s.”

So I wrote to Helen and asked her about it. (Full disclosure: I’m a writing colleague and friend of hers.)

I asked: “Did American soldiers actually work on AK-47s, which almost everyone knows are Soviet style weapons?”

Her answer: “Yes, although it is true that it was very unusual for them to do so. Typically they would work only on American-style assault rifles. But in this case they were asked to repair broken weapons that have been turned in by Afghan militias, which were being refurbished and then distributed to Afghan National Army soldiers.”
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I loved this book 11 août 2014
Par Big Ted - Publié sur
I loved this book. The level of detail Ms Thorpe used drew a clear picture of these women's experiences in the war zones. It is clear that she became a trusted and respected confidant of these soldiers and faithfully related their trials in the field. This kind of information really helps as I try to decide where I stand with the evolving roles of women soldiers in combat zones in our military. Thank you Ms Thorpe, for choosing an important and timely topic, and honoring these soldiers' experiences.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Amazing untold story 9 août 2014
Par S. Myers - Publié sur
Amazing. Helen Thorpe has such an incredible ability to get inside the lives of her subjects. You really feel like you really know them and want to stay with them. Her previous book JUST LIKE US is like that too. Incredible dedication and sensitivity to what she does. This is a truly unique, untold story that everyone should read. Loved it!
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