Jun 24, 2013 — In softcover nonfiction, Rosecrans Baldwin opines about France, Carissa Phelps goes from juvy to J.D., and Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy chart the history of rabies. In fiction, Shani Boianjiu draws from her time as an Israeli soldier, and Sheila Heti crafts a novel from her own life experiences.
Sep 18, 2012 — Shani Boianjiu was just 18 when she, like most Israelis, served a mandatory two years in the Israeli Defense Forces. She's drawn from her experiences as a teenage soldier in her debut novel, The People of Forever Are Not Afraid.
Sep 18, 2012 — Author Shani Boianjiu's debut novel draws on her own military experience to tell the story of three young women in the Israel Defense Forces. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says the book has a refreshing frankness that's initially very appealing — but its episodic nature wears thin after a while.
Oct 16, 2007 — A new crop of memoirs from soldiers in Iraq highlights stories from the front lines, the complications of leadership, and the terrible choices that war presents.
Oct 15, 2007 — Excerpt: 'Love My Rifle More Than You'
Sep 12, 2005 — American and Iraqi special forces continue door-to-door searches for rebels in northern Iraq on Monday — the same region where author and military intelligence specialist Kayla Williams served. Williams wrote about her experiences in her new book Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army. As part of the ongoing Day to Day series of conversations about the war in Iraq, Alex Chadwick talks with Williams about her book.
Aug 25, 2005 — Kayla Williams is a former U.S. Army soldier who served in the Middle East as an Arabic interpreter. She recounts her decision to enlist and her experiences during the Iraq war in a new memoir.
May 3, 2005 — In the early 1990s, NPR journalist Scott Simon reported from war-torn Sarajevo. Those experiences formed the basis for his debut novel, Pretty Birds, the story of a 16-year-old girl who adapts to her violent times.
May 3, 2005 — Scott Simon, host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, talks about his debut novel, Pretty Birds. The story centers on a young Muslim woman who becomes a sniper during the height of the siege of Sarajevo in the early 1990s.