Love My Rifle More Than You

Young and Female in the U.S. Army

By Kayla Williams; Michael E. Staub
(W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393329223, 292pp.)

Publication Date: September 2006

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Kayla Williams is one of the 15 percent of the U.S. Army that is female, and she is a great storyteller. With a voice that is funny, frank and full of gritty details (New York Daily News), she tells of enlisting under Clinton; of learning Arabic; of the sense of duty that fractured her relationships; of being surrounded by bravery and bigotry, sexism and fear; of seeing 9/11 on Al-Jazeera; and of knowing she would be going to war. With a passion that makes her memoir nearly impossible to put down (Buffalo News) Williams shares the powerful gamut of her experiences in Iraq, from caring for a wounded civilian to aiming a rifle at a child. Angry at the bureaucracy and the conflicting messages of today's military, Williams offers us a raw, unadulterated look at war (San Antonio Express News) and at the U.S. Army. And she gives us a woman's story of empowerment and self-discovery.



About the Author
Kayla Williams, a former Arabic linguist in the U.S. Army, is the author of Love My Rifle More than You and Plenty of Time When We Get Home. She lives with her husband Brian and their two children in Virginia.

Michael Staub is professor of English at Baruch College and the author of "Torn at the Roots: The Crisis of Jewish Liberalism in Postwar America".



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