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American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal Hardcover – Deckle Edge, May 4, 2015
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The widow of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle shares their private story: an unforgettable testament to the power of love and faith in the face of war and unimaginable loss—and a moving tribute to a man whose true heroism ran even deeper than the legend
In early 2013, Taya Kyle and her husband, Chris, were the happiest they ever had been. Their decade-long marriage had survived years of war that took Chris, a U.S. Navy SEAL, away from Taya and their two children for agonizingly long stretches while he put his life on the line in many major battles of the Iraq War. After struggling to readjust to life out of the military, Chris had found new purpose in redirecting his lifelong dedication to service toward supporting veterans and their families. Their love had deepened, and their family was whole, finally.
Then, the unthinkable. On February 2, 2013, Chris and his friend Chad Littlefield were killed while attempting to help a troubled vet. The life Chris and Taya fought so hard to build was shattered. In an instant, Taya became a single parent of two. A widow. A young woman facing the rest of her life without the man she loved.
Chris and Taya's remarkable story has captivated millions through Clint Eastwood's blockbuster Academy Award-winning film American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper as Chris and Sienna Miller as Taya, and because of Chris's bestselling memoir, in which Taya contributed passages that formed the book's emotional core. Now, with trusted collaborator Jim DeFelice, Taya writes in never-before-told detail about the hours, days, and months after Chris's shocking death when grief threatened to overwhelm her.
And yet throughout, friendship, family, and a deepening faith were lifelines that sustained her and the kids when the sorrow became too much. Two years after her husband's tragic death, Taya has found renewed meaning and connection to Chris by advancing their shared mission of "serving those who serve others,"
particularly military and first-responder families. She and the children are now embracing a new future, one that honors the past but also looks forward with hope, gratitude, and joy.
American Wife is one of the most remarkable memoirs of the year—a universal chronicle of love and heartbreak, service and sacrifice, faith and purpose that will inspire every reader.
About the Author
Taya Kyle founded the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation in honor of her late husband Chris Kyle, legendary U.S. Navy SEAL and author of the bestsellers American Sniper and American Gun. The foundation is devoted to strengthening the marriages of veterans and first responders. An active public speaker, Taya Kyle makes frequent appearances at fund-raisers and other events, inspiring others to find strength and persevere through struggles. She and her two children live in Texas.
Jim DeFelice is the co-author of Chris Kyle’s #1 New York Times bestseller American Sniper. He also is the author of Omar Bradley: General at War, the first in-depth critical biography of America’s last five-star general, and the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Code Name: Johnny Walker: The Extraordinary Story of the Iraqi Who Risked Everything to Fight with the U.S. Navy SEALs. He writes acclaimed military thrillers, including the Rogue Warrior series from Richard Marcinko, founder of SEAL Team 6, and the novels in the Dreamland series with Dale Brown.
Top Customer Reviews
I gave this five stars simply for Ms Kyle's candidness, and for capturing what it was like to be married to American hero SEAL sniper Chris Kyle. I was captivated from beginning to end. She gets very personal in this memoir, revealing quite a bit.. She is a brave person to open herself up to vulnerability describing her range of emotions surrounding her marriage to Chris, his murder, the aftermath, and how she struggles to cope....even still. If you're looking for an award-winning piece of literature, this is not necessarily it; however, it is well written and executed. It is an honest look at the life of a truly broken-hearted widow: How she dealt with the loss and how she forges ahead.
I became quite intrigued with Taya's story as I read her late husband's book American Sniper and was eagerly anticipating this release. Reading this book I felt Taya's joy and pain (there's plenty of it). She did a great job painting a picture of what it was like to be married to a SEAL, the most famous SEAL in American history at that. I loved the detail she added, including the random incidents that were funny, sad, exciting, heart-warming, sweet, annoying, etc. I feel like I really got to know her as well as Chris. Though they experienced many bumps along the way, their marriage was solid and wonderful; you could tell they were totally in love with each other. I am quite envious, actually. I would love to find someone even half as dedicated, committed, and thoughtful as Chris. :-/ My heart breaks for her loss, which she admits she still isn't over. And I don't blame her one bit. I can't even imagine what she has experienced both during and after her beloved's death.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Her faith and hope, for an unknown yet, anticipated future, with any military man, would be awe inspiring. With Chris, she believed, because of her faith. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Lori
Heartbreaking but a beautiful story of Strength, Faith and Love. They went through all the ups and downs a marriage can face in such a brief time. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Tara Hewitt
I thought it was excellent as she told her side of life with Chris. I would suggest that everyone read the American Sniper and American WIfe. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Sheri L
Interesting book. I enjoyed reading Taya Kyle's perspective on things.Published 13 days ago by Danielle