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I Love a Man in Uniform: A Memoir of Love, War, and Other Battles
     

I Love a Man in Uniform: A Memoir of Love, War, and Other Battles

by Lily Burana
 

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In this brave, eloquent, and funny memoir, critically acclaimed author Lily Burana writes about love and self-discovery with an honesty few writers would dare.

A former stripper with a penchant for fishnets and anarchist politics, Lily's lacerating wit and rebellious past never would have suggested a marriage into the military. But then she met Major Mike, a

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In this brave, eloquent, and funny memoir, critically acclaimed author Lily Burana writes about love and self-discovery with an honesty few writers would dare.

A former stripper with a penchant for fishnets and anarchist politics, Lily's lacerating wit and rebellious past never would have suggested a marriage into the military. But then she met Major Mike, a Military Intelligence officer and professor at West Point, and fell hopelessly in love, resulting in a most unorthodox fairytale romance - poignant, sometimes painful, and utterly unpredictable.

After Lily and Mike tied the knot, life as an Army wife proved to be a rough adjustment for authority-averse Lily. When Mike was deployed in the War on Terror, Lily was suddenly left to endure his absence alone, with no friends, no support system, and no knowledge of the vast and confusing military world into which she had married.

Upon Mike's return from the war, the couple moved to historic West Point. With the support of the other military wives, Lily worked through the daily struggle to find her way and came to know and love a group of unlikely friends. Together, Mike and Lily suffered through the nightmare of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, while Lily suffered bouts of depression that nearly ended their marriage. Through it all, Lily struggled with her preconceptions about the military and coped with being married to a good soldier fighting a brutal war.

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In Strip City, talented journalist Lily Burana bid farewell to her career as a fantasy dancer by taking a coast-to-coast journey through the go-go bars of America. In I Love a Man in Uniform, she stays much closer to home but returns with a story no less exotic. The former punk-rock stripper describes how she fell hopelessly, inexplicably in love with Major Mike, a West Point professor and understandably closed-mouth military intelligence officer. The story really begins when Mike is assigned to combat duty in the Middle East while Lily sits stranded at home, rudderless in an essentially alien world. Mike returns with post traumatic stress disorder, adding to the challenges confronted this incongruous couple. This memoir captures the poignancy of a great love suffering from battles half a world away.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602860834
Publisher:
Weinstein Books
Publication date:
04/14/2009
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

LILY BURANA is the author of the acclaimed memoir Strip City and the novel Try. Her writing about the domestic side of military affairs has been published in the New York Times Op-Ed pages and Slate. Other features and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, GQ, Glamour, Self, The New York Observer, The Village Voice, Slate, Entertainment Weekly, Salon, and many other publications. She has been a Contributing Editor at New York Magazine and SPIN.

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