Madame Tussaud: A Life In Wax
by Kate Berridge - this is a lot more interesting than it may seem it would be.
The Guns of August
by Barbara Tuchman - this is a re-read of one of my favorite books. I wish that more authors would write about WWI- but sheesh, it has been slim pickings.
If anyone has any good recommendations for books about WWI, please post them.
Holidays on Ice
by David Sedaris- this is re-read as well for book club. We're taking it easy this month.
I took a course for my Master's in English Lit in WWI lit - there's actually far more literature written with WWI as a backdrop than with WWII.
The Return of the Soldier - Rebecca West
Soldiers' Pay - William Faulkner
Jacob's Room - Virginia Woolf (really anything by Woolf because she was a modernist which partly came out of the angst over WWI).
Parade's End - Ford Madox Ford
Regeneration - Pat Barker - which fictionalizes the life of Siegfried Sassoon who was an important WWI poet.
The Missing of the Somme - which is non-fiction but reads like fiction. Excellent book - satirizes people who talk about how "horrible" war is - it becomes cliche after awhile. But interesting with excellent photos. And to be honest, in some sections, even though I knew he was satirizing, it was so horrid that I found myself moved by what he was writing.
Johnny Got his Gun - can't remember the author - I can't say that the writing is great, but Metallica made the great video based on the story.
In Parenthesis - David Jones - I hated this book, and you may hate me if you decide to read it for mentioning it.
But others loved it. It just did nothing for me - and difficult difficult difficult to read.
If you like poetry, Sassoon of course. And The Poet of WWI - Wilfred Owen - one of his poems actually became a poem that Vietnam War protestors used. Its excellent - I'll try to find it and post it.
I think of all the books, you'd like Regeneration the best. But everyone has their own favorites, so maybe not.