This weekend we'll wrap up coverage on "What It Is Like To Go To War," a discussion compiled through weeks worth of comments and tweets, a range of really fantastic community blogs and dozens of amazing personal emails. And now we're ready to move on to our next book.
Last week we asked you to send us ideas -- you were very vocal! -- and you told us that you'd like to read a novel. We compiled lots of recommendations, and here are the top picks that appeared on our radar: "Swamplandia!" by Karen Russell, The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt, "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern and "The Family Fang" by Kevin Wilson.
Which would you like to read?
The voting is now closed! We will announce the book you picked shortly!
Before we close the Marlantes book, I'd love to finish this email with segments from our final personal essays:
"You might be physically safe from the effects of war. But war is an insidious enemy, and all the more damaging when its implications reach you, through your dead brother, your orphaned friend or mother, or your embittered, sad teacher."
- Fatma Makki
"For veterans of other wars, and all who now feel they have been combatants in the Global War on Terror, Vietnam walks amongst us, sometimes in darkness and riding Harleys into the light, John Kerry and John McCain, still very much alive."
- Rev. Earl E. Johnson
"One thing we all share is the freedom our military men and women selflessly protect. That alone is worth our efforts to feed these warriors properly. Let's work toward change which will protect those who protect us."
- Carrie Vitt
Thank you for taking part in our conversation.