May 22, 2020  –  Maria Firkaly

8 Adult Reading Suggestion for Memorial Day                                                                                  Including links to some juvenile selections, movies, and a Memorial Day Craft 

Originally known as Decoration Day, as people began holding tributes to the countless fallen soldiers from the Civil War by decorating their graves or memorials with flowers, Memorial Day became an official Federal holiday in 1971. While many of us may be celebrating the long weekend with hot dogs on the grill or getting out those white shoes, (is that still a fashion faux pas?), the true meaning of the day can be lost in the backyard get togethers and picnics. Remember those who have served our country and lost their lives during service.

I have put together a list of 8 adult fiction and non-fiction books for Memorial Day. A few are available in print on our Andover Public Library shelves, all of them are available for digital download using Libby. You can call the library at 440-293-6792 to place a hold or search our catalog on our website. Need help accessing digital materials? Call us!

There are also juvenile reading suggestions, movie options, and a link to a Memorial Day craft at the end of this article. 

Citizen Soldiers by Stephen E. Ambrose  –  available in e-book and audio book

From Stephen E. Ambrose, bestselling author of Band of Brothers and D-Day, the inspiring story of the ordinary men of the U.S. army in northwest Europe from the day after D-Day until the end of the bitterest days of World War II.

D-Day Girls by Sarah Rose  –   place a hold  for the print copy at the Andover Public Library, or download a digital copy as an e-book or audio book.

In 1942, the Allies were losing, Germany seemed unstoppable, and every able man in England was fighting. Churchill believed Britain was locked in an existential battle and created a secret agency, the Special Operations Executive (SOE), whose spies were trained in everything from demolition to sharp-shooting. Their job, he declared, was “to set Europe ablaze!” But with most men on the frontlines, the SOE did something unprecedented: it recruited women. Thirty-nine women answered the call, leaving their lives and families to become saboteurs in France. Half were caught, and a third did not make it home alive.

Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley Rose  –  place a hold  for the print copy at the Andover Public Library, or download a digital copy as an e-book or audio book.

In this unforgettable chronicle of perhaps the most famous moment in American military history, James Bradley has captured the glory, the triumph, the heartbreak, and the legacy of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima. Here is the true story behind the immortal photograph that has come to symbolize the courage and indomitable will of America.

Brothers in arms : the epic story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII’s forgotten heroes by Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem, Walton, Anthony  –  place a hold  for the print copy at the Andover Public Library, or download a digital copy as an e-book or audio book

A powerful wartime saga in the bestselling tradition of Flags of Our Fathers, Brothers in Arms recounts the extraordinary story of the 761st Tank Battalion, the first all-black armored unit to see combat in World War II.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand  –  available in e-book and audio book

 On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly –  place a hold  for the print copy at the Andover Public Library, or download a digital copy as an e-book or audio book

The runaway bestseller Lilac Girls introduced the real-life heroine Caroline Ferriday. This sweeping new novel, set a generation earlier and also inspired by true events, features Caroline’s mother, Eliza, and follows three equally indomitable women from St. Petersburg to Paris under the shadow of World War I.

The Unknowns by Patrick K. O’Donnell  –  available to download as an e-book

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is sacred ground at Arlington National Cemetery. Originally constructed in 1921 to hold one of the thousands of unidentified American soldiers lost in World War I, it now also contains unknowns from World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and receives millions of visitors each year who pay silent tribute.

Celebrated military historian and bestselling author Patrick O’Donnell illuminates the saga behind the creation of the Tomb itself and recreates the moving ceremony during which it was consecrated and the eight Body Bearers, and the sergeant who had chosen the one body to be interred, solemnly united. Brilliantly researched, vividly told, The Unknowns is a timeless tale of heeding the calls of duty and brotherhood, and humanizes the most consequential event of the twentieth century, which still casts a shadow a century later.

Fly Girls by Keith O’Brien  –  place a hold  for the print copy at the Andover Public Library, or download a digital copy as an e-book or audio book

The untold story of five women who fought to compete against men in the high-stakes national air races of the 1920s and 1930s — and won

Juvenile Selections

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo –  place a hold  for the print copy at the Andover Public Library, or download a digital copy as an e-book or audio book

A powerful tale of war, redemption and a hero’s journey.

Johnny Tremain by Esther Hoskins Forbes  –  place a hold  for the print copy at the Andover Public Library, or download a digital copy as an e-book or audio book

Johnny Tremain, a young apprentice silversmith, is caught up in the danger and excitement of 1775 Boston, just before the Revolutionary War. But even more gripping than living through the drama of Revolutionary Boston is the important discovery Johnny makes in his own life.

Movies available to check out at the Library

War Horse directed by Steven Speilberg –   place a hold  for this title at the Andover Public Library

Good Morning Vietnam directed by Mark Johnson  –   place a hold  for this title at the Andover Public Library

 

For supply list and instructions for the Memorial Day Craft visit http://www.andover.lib.oh.us/live/wednesday-crafts-with-sheila-memorial-day-hanging-craft/