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What They Don't Teach You in Deer River Hardcover – December 15, 2015
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I grew up in Deer River, MN - a one-stoplight town of 903 people. Two weeks after I graduated high school way back in the old days (1997) when everything was in black and white, I enlisted in the Navy in a combat aircrew position that had just been opened up to women. At first we were mistaken by tiny hairless men. Quite a few people told me I was crazy and I would be back home before I knew it. Some of the old WWII veterans patted my shoulder, and nodded, wishing me luck. My dad, fearing my safety, begged me not to go. Honestly, I had no idea what I was getting myself into - which probably was best that way. I just knew I didn’t want to fail.
Spoiler alert - I didn’t go off and become a war hero. I didn’t save the world. I didn’t win the Noble Peace Prize or even receive the perfect attendance award (I was runner-up); however, I did serve my country, met some lifelong friends, flew over 1300 hours in a war-fighting machine, kicked some submarine ass, and learned a few lessons (the hard way). This book is a compilation of short stories and those lessons learned.
If you are looking for Steinbeck or Dickens, you probably should put this book back on the shelf and keep looking. However, if you are looking for random entertaining stories that begin with conjunctions, contain cheesy metaphors, and improper sentence structure- well this, my friend, may be the book for you. You may laugh. You may cry. You may want to dance on a barstool next time the opportunity arises. I’m not a writer, I’m a story teller. And this is my story.
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In our daily lives we are isolated from the sacrifices of our warriors and Maki brings that all to light with a collection of real life stories taken from her very honest journal. If I should ever be so fortunate as to meet this author, I would first thank her for her service to my country, then congratulate her for writing my favorite book.
I have no military experience but this book gave me a glimpse of what an enlisted person in the Navy goes through on any given day. It also showed me how life is all about relationships and your mindset to overcome or bring joy to a situation. This book made me very proud to be an American and appreciate what an enlisted person goes through.
Thank you Julia, for going out on a limb to share your story with another small town, ignorant girl. And thank you Julia (Aaron, Tayte, Don and all the other enlisted men and women) for serving my country and going through it all. You are all Heroes in my view!
Julia has captured her experiences into an easy read that we can all relate to no matter our background - military or not - with lessons to ponder and truths to embrace.
This is my favorite for 2016.