Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $4.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War Paperback – July 7, 2015
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
"A breakthrough work... What Thorpe accomplishes in SOLDIER GIRLS is something far greater than describing the experience of women in the military. The book is a solid chunk of American history -- detailing the culture's failing, resilience and progress... Thorpe triumphs." (The New York Times Book Review)
"In the tradition of Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Richard Rhodes, and other masters of literary journalism, SOLDIER GIRLS is utterly absorbing, gorgeously written, and unforgettable." (Boston Globe)
"A dynamic understanding of what it’s been like for Guard members who unexpectedly found themselves shipped off to the front lines of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq... highly complex matters are all made palpably real through the prism of this book’s three heroines’ lives." (The New York Times)
“With a novelist’s perception of character, drama, and telling detail, Helen Thorpe magically weaves together the stories of three very different but equally compelling women soldiers. Taken together, their stories provide an intimate window on life in the military, the impact of war, and the difficult transition to home. This is an absolutely terrific and important work.” (Doris Kearns Goodwin)
"Thorpe follows three women, tracking their ups and downs withfaithful detail in a brilliant tableau of their overlapping lives for 12 yearsas they do multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq and readjust to civilianlife...Soldier Girls raises important questions about how men and women serve together and thedifferences in how they experience war, enabling us to see the subtle challengesfemale soldiers face — the hardships that don’t make easy headlines." (The Washington Post)
"A thoughtful, fascinating and often heartbreaking account... Thorpe manages to burrow deeply into the lives of these women...incredibly intimate." (Miami Herald)
"A nuanced look at the lives of female soliders that is as intimate as it is groundbreaking." (O Magazine)
“A raw, intimate look at the impact of combat and the healing power of friendship.” (People magazine)
"A vivid and intensely personal account of the lives of three women whose only common denominator had been that they joined the Indiana National Guard never imagining they might end up in a war zone... Thorpe's matter-of-fact tone and clear and concise prose make the book all the more riveting... a captivating read, an important book and a stunning accomplishment." (Lorraine Dusky, Military History magazine)
"Heart-breaking... absorbing, funny... a cry worth attending, sounded by a band of sisters put in harm's way." (Newsday)
About the Author
Helen Thorpe was born in London and grew up in New Jersey. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New York magazine, The New Yorker, Slate, and Harper’s Bazaar. Her radio stories have aired on This American Life and Sound Print. She is the author of Just Like Us, Soldier Girls, and The Newcomers and lives in Denver.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
When the combat ban on women was lifted, one of the women profiled, Desma, says that women have already been in combat, but maybe now they would be trained like the men, something that had been denied her.
One of the women says, that she “realized they would all be counting, possibly for the rest of their lives, what the last decade had cost. What it had cost the people who had gone away (to Afghanistan and/or Iraq) and the people they left behind.”
Thorpe briefly mentions the epic rates of alcoholism and depression and suicide of the returning soldiers. She never hits you over the head with anything but illustrates the damage done, as well as the positive things the women took from serving.
in terms of writing style, i am not a great literary judge. there were times when i thought there could have been a bit more editing, but by the time i finished the book, i felt that the details probably contributed to a more precise as well as holistic understanding of events and characters.
While the word "girls," of the title, is appropriately chosen, the experience of the reader is to personally be with a depth of women human-beings. It's a gift of the actual women – real and true – that they engage in sharing the substance and conduct of their lives.
One academic colleague once had a fixation of regaling her governing Board of Trustees with the comment, "Women are not human-beings." Her point appeared to be that "Women are victims," though, shockingly, no one ever asked this self-proclaimed feminist to explain her choice of language.
In serious contrast, the women-human-beings of Helen Thorpe's book, are not "victims." Being with the flesh of their lives, their courages, is a privilege for which I am greatly thankful. They become friends.