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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I Love A Man In Uniform

I Love A Man In Uniform: A Memoir of Love, War and Other Battles by Lily Burana was at times funny, at other times heart-breaking, and all-of-the-time honest and true.  Ms. Burana, a former stripper, meets an Army officer and falls in love.  They get married soon before Mike, her husband, deploys following 9/11, and this is their story of pain, recovery, and the meaning of love.

I read this book in a day.  Granted, I had a day off so there was a bit of free time there, but I loved reading Ms. Burana's story.  It's a mature book, and by "mature" I don't mean old people, and I don't mean not-for-children.  What I mean is that Ms. Burana has been able to take a step away from the events of the book and see them as what they are--events in her life that have made her who she is.  Which I have to say, is not an easy thing to do.

Ms. Burana is clearly a writer and she has a way with her story that makes her feel like an everywoman.  My heart hurt for her when Mike was deployed, and I felt her intensity as she rushed to see him one last time before his plane took off.  I waited with her by the phone for Mike to call, and I felt a rush of joy when she watched her husband walk off the plane at the end of his tour.

I would recommend this story to anyone who loves a good read.  I wouldn't call it juicy, and I wouldn't call it riveting.  But I would call it satisfying, and I would tell you to read it if you love a great story of self-discovery.  I sure do.  And I loved this book and the sense of satisfaction I felt when I closed the book after the last page.

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