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Love my rifle more than you : young and female in the U.S. Army / Kayla Williams with Michael E. Staub.

Williams, Kayla (Author). Staub, Michael E. (Added Author).
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  • 6 of 7 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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1 current hold with 7 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Jay Co PL - Portland 355.008 W724 (Text) 76383000347470 Adult Non-Fiction In transit -
Monticello-Union Twp PL - Monticello 355 WILLIAMS (Text) 37743001546813 Adult Nonfiction Available -
North Madison Co PL - Elwood PL 956.7044 WIL (Text) 30419100909924 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
North Madison Co PL - Ralph E. Hazelbaker Library (Summitville) 956.7044 WIL (Text) 30419300303225 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Osgood PL - Osgood Main Library BIO 921 WIL (Text) 39692000407105 Adult Non-fiction Area Available -
Starke Co PL - Schricker Main Library (Knox) 355 WIL (Text) 30032010355086 ADULT NON-FICTION Available -
Whiting PL - Whiting 355.0082 W673 (Text) 51735011024659 Adult department Available -

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  • ISBN: 0393060985 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 290 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, [2005]
Subject: Williams, Kayla
Women soldiers > United States > Biography.
United States. Army > Women > Biography.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 > Participation, Female.
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  • Baker & Taylor
    An account of the experiences of women soldiers relates the author's decision to enlist, her relationship with a Palestinian boyfriend, her witness to the events of September 11 as portrayed on Arabic television, and her deployment to Iraq.
  • Baker & Taylor
    An unstinting account of the experiences of women soldiers in today's army relates the author's decision to enlist, her relationship with a Palestinian boyfriend, her witness to the events of September 11 as portrayed on Arabic television, and her deployment to Iraq. 50,000 first printing.
  • Book News
    Williams, part of the female 15 percent of the US Army, served five years in the military, including a year's deployment in Iraq during and after the US occupation. Her gritty memoir tells what it's like to be a woman in a macho universe, treated variously as a soldier respected for her skills and as a sister, mother, bitch, and slut. Eight inset pages bear b&w photos of a down-home Williams suited up in party finery as well as uniform. There's no index. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
  • Norton Pub
    A brutal and honest account of being a woman among men in the United States Army.

    "A woman soldier has to toughen herself up" writes Kayla Williams in this fiercely honest account of what it's like to be part of the female 15% of today's Army. "Not just for the enemy, for battle, for death. I mean to toughen herself to spend months awash in a sea of nervy, hyped-up guys ."

    By turns irreverent, vulnerable, angry, and humane, Williams describes what it's like for a young woman to be surrounded by an ocean of testosterone, respected for her skills and qualifications, but treated variously as a soldier, a sister, a mother, a bitch, and a slut.

    During her five years of serviceincluding a year of deployment to Iraq during and after the invasionWilliams and her female peers navigate both extreme physical danger and emotional minefields. As a specialist in Military Intelligence, fluent in Arabic language skills, Williams finds herself at the forefront of the troops' interaction with local people. Brave and patriotic, with a strong sense of duty to her country and her fellow soldiers, she is unafraid to level complaints and criticism against the inefficiencies and errors of the militarysketching a blunt portrait, inspired by Ayn Rand, of the U.S. Army as "a vast communist institution."

    Taking us from Baghdad to Mosul to a remote mountainous outpost on the Syrian border, Williams demonstrates a keen eye for the complexity of the U.S. military's evolving and ultimately deteriorating relations with the Iraqis. Before she leaves the country, she witnesses death up close and sees soldiers cross the line in the handling of prisoners.

    Through it allthe violence, boredom, and fear as well as the light-hearted moments of humor, comraderie, and flirtationKayla Williams brings home with vivid intensity and empathy what it is like for a woman soldier to serve her country today. 8 pages of photographs.

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