by Circe Woessner
In the cold winter months, the temptation to stay indoors wrapped in fleece, sipping hot cocoa grows stronger. It’s a time for reading books or indulging in TV series marathons and watching the weather outside from the warmth of the living room window. The word “chilling” takes on new meaning.
This time of year, people often ask me for a few book recommendations to read or to give away as gifts. I’m always happy to oblige. Here are some favorites from our museum’s collection. Fiction or non-fiction, there’s something here for everybody.
Sometimes called the “Brat Bible”, “Military Brats” is a must-read for anyone trying to better understand the military lifestyle and its lasting impact on the family. Many adult brats, while trying to come to terms with who they are, and why they act the way they do, have found this book helpful in understanding how their unusual childhood continues to influence their adulthood.
“MILITARY BRATS: Legacies of Childhood inside the Fortress” by Mary Edwards Wertsch
Wertsch spent five years researching her subject, conducting interviews with eighty military brats from all the armed services as well as physicians, teachers, psychologists and social workers. “Military Brats” examines all aspects—good and bad–of being raised in a military family. Read the rest of this entry »