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The Education of Corporal John Musgrave: Vietnam and Its Aftermath Cover Image
By John Musgrave, Ken Burns (Foreword by), Lynn Novick (Foreword by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780451493569
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Published: Knopf - November 2nd, 2021

John Musgrave is a longtime resident of Douglas County, KS.  He will be signing copies of his book at Signs of Life bookstore, 722 Massachusetts St, Lawrence KS on Saturday, Nov. 20th, 2021 from 1-3 pm.  Click here for details.

John had a small-town midwestern childhood that embodied the idealized postwar America. Service, patriotism, faith, and civic pride were the values that guided his family and community, and like nearly all the boys he knew, Musgrave grew up looking forward to the day when he could enlist to serve his country as his father had done. There was no question in Musgrave's mind: He was going to join the legendary Marine Corps as soon as he was eligible. In February of 1966, at age seventeen, during his senior year in high school, and with the Vietnam War already raging, he walked down to the local recruiting station, signed up, and set off for three years that would permanently reshape his life.

 

In this electrifying memoir, he renders his wartime experience with a powerful intimacy and immediacy: from the rude awakening of boot camp, to daily life in the Vietnam jungle, to a chest injury that very nearly killed him. Musgrave also vividly describes the difficulty of returning home to a society rife with antiwar sentiment, his own survivor's guilt, and the slow realization that he and his fellow veterans had been betrayed by the government they served. And he recounts how, ultimately, he found peace among his fellow veterans working to end the war. Musgrave writes honestly about his struggle to balance his deep love for the Marine Corps against his responsibility as a citizen to protect the very troops asked to protect America at all costs. Fiercely perceptive and candid, The Education of Corporal John Musgrave is one of the most powerful memoirs to emerge from the war.

 


Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780470907757
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Published: Jossey-Bass - April 19th, 2011

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A Gentle Answer: Our 'Secret Weapon' in an Age of Us Against Them Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781400216550
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Published: Thomas Nelson - June 2nd, 2020

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Ten Words to Live by: Delighting in and Doing What God Commands Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781433566349
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Published: Crossway - March 30th, 2021

Providence Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9781433568343
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Published: Crossway - March 2nd, 2021

Klara and the Sun: A novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593318171
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Published: Knopf - March 2nd, 2021

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A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984856029
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Published: Random House - January 12th, 2021

The audiobook is superbly performed by the author.  Get it here.


The Power of Showing Up: How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781524797713
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 7th, 2020

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Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781433566134
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Published: Crossway - April 7th, 2020

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Resilient Faith: How the Early Christian Third Way Changed the World Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781587434082
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Published: Brazos Press - October 15th, 2019

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780385348713
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Published: Crown - February 25th, 2020

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The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812993264
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Published: Random House - April 16th, 2019

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Anxious People: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501160837
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Published: Atria Books - September 8th, 2020

The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe about Ourselves Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780830844333
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Published: IVP Books - August 26th, 2015

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399185045
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Published: Avery - September 20th, 2016

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735211292
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Published: Avery - October 16th, 2018

Bestsellers

Below you'll see a random book pulled from the Indiebound Bestseller list.  The list is compiled from independent bookstores across America.  Not all the booksellers making these recommendations share our worldview, so you may see an occasional book here that Signs of Life doesn't endorse.  But you are also likely to find some real gems!  Explore.  Enjoy.

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