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War is ugly and grueling. Author Kevin Powers saw it first hand as a soldier in Iraq in 2004 and 2005. The book captures the voice of modern day war. This novel has received high praise and after reading it, it is merited.

The title comes from a traditional U.S. Army Marching Cadence:

A yellow bird

With a yellow bill

Was Perched upon

My windowsill

I lured him in

With a piece of bread

And then I smashed

His f*cking head…

Disturbing yes, but so is the madness of warfare.  You would think that our advanced civilization would have discovered better means to solve differences rather than simply fighting each other.

This book reminds me of a modern version of Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead where he wrote the about war that was suppose to end all wars.

What Powers does so beautifully is layer the power of humanity, the good and the bad, how the lines blur and how the will of survival surpasses what is acceptable.

The descriptive scenes take you to a firsthand view of the battle field. How these soldiers are taken from their known world into the battle ground of war and then brought back. Often these soldiers are broken, not only on the outside but the inside and come back to a world that cannot comprehend their experiences.

Poet Kevin Powers uses his skills as writers to capture this horror into a beautiful story of loyalty, friendship, and survival.

As I write these word in the comfort of my office, I am grateful of these soldiers who take on the responsibility of defending democracy in a brutal world. We are not perfect and neither are our soldiers who cope with whatever is thrown their way.

Book Facts.

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

2012 Little, Brown, and Company 240 pp

ISBN: 978-0-316-21936-5

www.littlebrown.com @littlebrown

 

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An Evening with David Sedaris at Fox Theatre April 16

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ATLANTA, GA (Feb. 24, 2015) – The Fox Theatre is pleased to present An Evening with David Sedaris, author of the previous bestsellers Naked, Me Talk Pretty One DayDress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and regular National Public Radio contributor who will be appearing for one night only at the Fox Theatre on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:30pm.

Celebrating the June 3, 2014 paperback release of his latest title, #1 New York Times Bestseller, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, author David Sedaris comes to Atlanta for an evening of engaging recollections and featuring all-new readings.

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Dr. Mike’s “The Fallacy of the Calorie”

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Dr. Mike (Michael S. Fenster, MD) has a sense of humor in dispersing his dietary and nutritional advice in The Fallacy of the Calorie, but what’s also funny is the fact that this cardiologist is dishing out all this information while criticizing supposed self-proclaimed food experts.

Take this passage, for example: “These days it seems as if everybody has an opinion about food and health. People watch Dr. Oz, tune in to the Food Network, or read some anecdotal diatribe on the Internet and all of a sudden they’re full of expert opinions and analysis.”

Dr. Mike mentions only Dr. Oz by name. He then goes on to allude to a bunch of straw men who give consumers lots of conflicting food guidance before launching into his own enterprising book of culinary realness. Dr. Mike is in your face and sounds like a go-getter, I guess. He says if I’m happy with the food I eat and my state of wellness, health, verdure, heartiness is a-okay, then this is not the book for me. PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. If only!

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SPX 2014 Programming Schedule

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SPX is fast approaching! Check out the release about this year’s panels and programming to plan your weekend. They all sound remarkable, highlighting diversity in the comics and cartooning industry that is often overlooked.

The Small Press Expo is pleased to announce the SPX 2014 Programming Schedule.  SPX continuing the festival’s established tradition of rich, thought-provoking programming featuring leading comics artists and critics in conversation. As in previous years, the Programming Schedule will feature two simultaneous tracks on both Saturday and Sunday, September 13th and 14th.

SPX 2014 programming highlights include special Q&A sessions with headline guests Lynda Barry, Jules Feiffer, Charles Burns, Raina Telgemeier, Drew Friedman. Eleanor Davis, Mimi Pond and John Porcellino, many of whom will also join in other panel discussions.

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