Nothing in Reserve: true stories, not war stories

Nothing in Reserve: true stories, not war stories

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by Jack Lewis
     
 

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Nothing in Reserve invites the reader to an intimate glimpse of one retread soldier's journey to Iraq and back. True stories set in wartime, these are not war stories.

Jack Lewis offers an unexpectedly vulnerable glimpse into one of the timeless tests men have faced: going to war, and returning home. While the veteran will find honesty and truth within,…  See more details below

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Nothing in Reserve invites the reader to an intimate glimpse of one retread soldier's journey to Iraq and back. True stories set in wartime, these are not war stories.

Jack Lewis offers an unexpectedly vulnerable glimpse into one of the timeless tests men have faced: going to war, and returning home. While the veteran will find honesty and truth within, this book is accessible to the uninitiated as well.

Early stories give an authentic but often funny glimpse of military life, building to a crisis of personality all too common among returning soldiers. Exploring the universal human question of how we move through our lives, acknowledging mortality and pain without becoming lost within it, Jack shares with us his own journey toward elusive redemption.

Editorial Reviews

Andrew Carroll
Every once in a while an author comes along who, through the sheer force and intensity of his prose, knocks you flat. To me, Jack Lewis is that writer and truly one of the great, literary heavyweights of his generation. No matter what subject he takes on, no matter how familiar we might initially assume it to be, Jack transforms it into something fresh, dynamic, and unforgettable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012664129
Publisher:
Litsam, Inc.
Publication date:
03/03/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
310
Sales rank:
455,261
File size:
252 KB

Meet the Author

From a quiet suburb of Seattle, Jack Lewis cheerfully exasperates people all over the world. Since he won’t be well-known until he’s dead, he advises that you buy a lovely first edition of this book right now and promises to autograph it the next time he sees you in a cheap attempt at posterity.

A veteran of OIF III and Cold War service in Korea, Lewis never advanced beyond the grade of staff sergeant, but has done other jobs along the way including lineman, busboy, furniture builder, reporter, circuit designer, hotel manager and hardware clerk. With a BA from Washington State University and an MFA from the University of Southern California, what else was he going to do? Actually, this is a serious question. If you have a legitimate job offer, the author would like to hear from you pronto. Writing books is harder than he thought it would be.

Occasional windfalls of fortune have included placement in Andrew Carroll’s anthology <i>Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience</i>, nomination for a Pushcart prize and award of the D.B Houston Journalism prize.

Lewis lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with his wife, a variable population of barely manageable children and a couple of remarkably well-behaved dogs. He enjoys a decent cigar now and then, has noticed that his taste in Scotch improves rapidly when you're buying... and thanks you for buying this book.

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Nothing in Reserve: true stories, not war stories 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...one for yourself and one to lend. Why? Because you probably won't get it back. I have owned this book for quite a while now, and read it several times. Some readings take days, because you feel the need to stop and process what has been written, what part of his life Jack Lewis has laid bare for all to see. I had hesitated to write a review. Not because of the book, but because I doubted I could find the right words to do it justice. Mr. Lewis paints a vivid picture with his writing, one that makes you feel as if you were right behind him, looking over his shoulder; as if you were experiencing the events yourself. This is one book that should be required reading if you are an analyst/commentator and have never tasted the "sand" in the air and heard a shot fired in anger. It will help you understand a small amount of what is faced. Jack Lewis is one of those writers that is not to be missed or passed over when you are perusing the catalog. Buy the book. The only disappointment that owning it will bring is the realization you could have owned it much sooner. Welcome home, Jack. We as a nation can never pay you or your fellow soldiers enough for what you gave up, and the costs many are still paying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago