Memorial Day Selections

In honor of Memorial Day, the Pinal County Libraries will be closed on Monday, May 27th. Keep yourself entertained this long weekend with some reading commemorating our American veterans!


The World War II Memorial: A Grateful Nation Remembers (2004). Edited by Douglas Brinkley. Smithsonian Books. Published in conjunction with the dedication of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., veterans—including George H.W. Bush, Sen. Daniel Inouye, former senators Bob Dole and George McGovern, Yogi Berra, and many, many others—contribute their own personal stories while leading historians look at the military campaigns of the war.

Biography      Where-Men-Win-Glory

Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman (2009). By Jon Krakauer. Doubleday.
Biographer Krakauer draws on Tillman’s journals and letters, interviews with his wife and friends, conversations with the soldiers who served alongside him, and extensive research in Afghanistan to render this driven, complex, and uncommonly compelling figure as well as the definitive account of the events and actions that led to his death.

Fiction – AdultThe-Things-They-Carried

The Things They Carried: A Work of Fiction (1990). By Tim O’Brien. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Following a platoon of American soldiers in the Vietnam War, this Pulitzer Prize finalist and critically acclaimed collection of short stories has proved itself to be an enduring classic of contemporary literature.

Feature FilmsSaving-Private-Ryan

Saving Private Ryan (1998). Directed by Steven Spielberg. Dreamworks. American epic war film set during the invasion of Normandy in World War II. Starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon.

Fiction – Young AdultAndersonville

Andersonville (1993). By MacKinlay Kantor. Plume. Acclaimed as the greatest novel ever written about the War Between the States, this searing Pulitzer Prize-winning book captures all the glory and shame of America’s most tragic conflict in the vivid, crowded world of Andersonville, and the people who lived outside its barricades.

Fiction – Kids O-Say-Can-You-See

O, Say Can You See?: American Symbols and Landmarks (2004). By Sheila Keenan. Scholastic, Ages 4 – 8. A celebration of twenty of America’s important places, interesting objects, and national holidays.

Additional resources:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – Memorial Day resources guide

Federal Government – Memorial Day observance page

The White House – Presidential Proclamation – Memorial Day 2013


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