My favorite history blog is History in the Margins, by Pamela Toler. She writes about historical events that I never knew – or that I thought I knew – and makes me see them through her fresh, witty perspective. (Have you watched the PBS series “Mercy Street”? Pamela wrote the book.)
I’ve been reading her blog for years, so I was thrilled when she invited me to write a guest post about the women who served in the Vietnam war. Enjoy! And while you’re at it, take a stroll through History in the Margins.
I’m delighted to welcome guest blogger Ericka Taylor, reflecting on audiobook snobbery and other revelations discovered while listening to Her Own Vietnam.
The Listening Cure
By Ericka Taylor
The first time I read Her Own Vietnam, I had nothing but praise for the book. Page by page, I’d grown appreciative of the expertly-drawn characters whose strengths and failings made them as real as anyone I passed on the street. The story was compelling, and nicely balanced scenes from the present day with ones that took place during the Vietnam war. The writing was excellent. Plus, the novel exposed me to the trauma experienced by women veterans of Vietnam and the lack of support available to them when they returned home. Her Own Vietnam had more than fulfilled its role for me as a reader. What more could I ask?
Well, it turns out that this book is the gift that keeps on giving. Listening to the recently-released Audible version of Her Own Vietnam cured me of an audiobook snobbery I was only partly aware that I had. Continue reading
“I’m the kind of person who asks why things are the way they are,” says Susan Storer Clark. A writer herself (author of the novel The Monk Woman’s Daughter), Susan is also the kind of reader that writers love: thoughtful and insightful.
I’m grateful she interviewed me about Her Own Vietnam, and wove in her own sharp observations about war and its legacy. You can read it here.
Robin Miles records Her Own Vietnam
What’s it like when someone else literally voices your innermost thoughts? I’m about to find out. Award-winning voice actor Robin Miles has just finished recording the audiobook of Her Own Vietnam. Stay tuned!