Love My Rifle More than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army

Love My Rifle More than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army

by Kayla Williams, Michael E. Staub
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Love My Rifle More than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army by Kayla Williams, Michael E. Staub

“Brave, honest, and necessary.”—Nancy Pearl, NPR Seattle

Kayla Williams is one of the 15 percent of the U.S. Army that is female, and she is a great storyteller. With a voice that is “funny, frank and full of gritty details” (New York Daily News), she tells of enlisting under Clinton; of learning Arabic; of the sense of duty that fractured her relationships; of being surrounded by bravery and bigotry, sexism and fear; of seeing 9/11 on Al-Jazeera; and of knowing she would be going to war.

With a passion that makes her memoir “nearly impossible to put down” (Buffalo News) Williams shares the powerful gamut of her experiences in Iraq, from caring for a wounded civilian to aiming a rifle at a child. Angry at the bureaucracy and the conflicting messages of today’s military, Williams offers us “a raw, unadulterated look at war” (San Antonio Express News) and at the U.S. Army. And she gives us a woman’s story of empowerment and self-discovery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393076196
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/17/2006
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 607,438
File size: 957 KB

About the Author

Kayla Williams, a former Arabic linguist in the U.S. Army, is the author of Love My Rifle More than You and Plenty of Time When We Get Home. She lives with her husband Brian and their two children in Virginia.

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Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well worth reading. Heart breaking and funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I appreciated this book. As a former military member, and as a female I related to much of this story. I never pulled combat duty(during my time in the service we were not at war) yet oddly enough many of the challenges of being a woman in the military have not changed (and that is a pity). Kayla talking about her combat experience gave me an insight that I did not have before. I appreciated her willingness to re-live those moments.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read & and unsugar coated look a women's role in the military It was an easy, interesting, and sometimes funny read with her Williams intriguing real accounts of the war and herself
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As a female in the Army right now, I can really relate to the author of the book! It is a great point of view for anyone wondering about females in the military!
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An easy and captivating read. It felt like she was sitting there telling her story to you, not holding much back. Those are the images and emotions that stick with you best.
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i just finished reading this book and from my prospective i thought she covered what really goes on while on deployment and especially during war..Ive been there and know how in general guys and woman alike act when away from home. Im not saying all act that but there are a lot who do..I think she did a excellent at telling the story the way she saw it at times and the way it was..Overall this was a very simple, quick and easy book to read..
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