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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

What the Troops Are Reading

As expected, Dean Koontz, John Grisham, Tom Clancy, Stephen King, Scott Turow and Louis L’Amour are among the most popular authors found in bookcases on military bases across Anbar Province in Iraq, reports an embedded reporter on his L.A. Times blog Reading in Iraq: Some Embedded Books.

But Tony Perry, who covers the military for the Times, found some unusual titles as well – Henry James’ The Ambassadors at Camp Fallouja and John Hersey’s A Single Pebble at Al Asad airfield.

His favorite finds were in an old British hotel which is now the Habbaniya base. Below a poster of the venomous snakes in Asia he found some Edna Ferbers, a few Cornelius Ryans and a book of essays about World War II by James Jones, the author of From Here to Eternity.

Don’t Miss . . .
George Mason Regional Library. March 17, 2 p.m. Mason Matinee. All ages. And on Tuesday, March 18, 10:30 a.m. Golden Oldies. Movies from Hollywood's Golden Age. Call for film titles. 703-256-3800

Patrick Henry Library, March 18, 6 p.m. Nowruz Celebration. Celebrate the eve of the Iranian New Year - music, dancing, food. 703-938-0405

Sherwood Regional Library, March 19, 3 p.m. Podcast. Learn to create your own podcast. Age 8-18. 703-765-3645

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