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Contributors include Sharon Allen, Cameron Beattie, Judith K. Boyd, Dhana-Marie Branton, Charlotte Brock, Christy Clothier, Donna Dean, Deborah Fries, Victoria Hudson, Terry Hurley, Bobbie Dykema Katsanis, Anna Krawczuk, Elizabeth McDonald, Heather Paxton, K.G. Schneider, Martha Stanton, Elaine Little Tuman, Rachel Vigil and Khadijah Queen.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Kore Press; 1st edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888553251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888553253
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #837,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fantastic collection of stories written by the women that lived them. It is not a work for peace or war. It is raw and honest. The voices of women in the ranks are so frequently quieted or never able to be heard. As a female vet I have found inspiration from this book and the subsequent play based on it (Coming in Hot). In it I have found my voice and now use it for everyone to hear.
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I bought this as a gift for a female soldier in Afghanistan. She said it was a good easy read and she shared many viewpoints that were expressed in this book.
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This is a helluva book, with lasting value that transcends its seeming Womens Studies 105 intent.

For straightforward literary value, K.G. Schneider's introduction to Air Force basic training, "Falling In," serves as both first-rate primer for the military virgin and a nostalgic tug for prior service members. Old soldiers will smile, recognizing in her hard-lacquered innocence their own clumsy first steps into the parallel universe of martial subculture. Schneider's clear love of words finally breaks through her initial distaste of the shorthand drawl of military patois, and we rejoice with her as she becomes not merely in, but of, her adopted global family.

Powder is blemished by the cant of its creators, their nakedly political agenda bleeding through every syllable of their preface and the foreword by Helen Benedict, a Columbia University journalism professor. The self-righteous near-understanding of the editors is further betrayed by the pseudo-definitions of grunt jargon sprinkled throughout the book; these should have been farmed out to someone with the pitch-perfect ear of, say, K.G. Schneider.

By now, we're all aware that post-modernists can't see the forest for the trees they're busily reducing to sawdust, but doctrinaire shrillness is irrelevant to the value of this text. The lucid narratives and whiskey-strong poetic imagery of Powder beg no feminist apology. Skip the prefatory nonsense and plunge into its forest of words. Like Little Red Riding Hood on her fabled mission to win the heart and mind of Grandma, you'll find it strange, frightening, and ultimately rewarding.
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Awesome book!!! Love hearing all the stories from a women's perspective.
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