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September 13, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Today’s recommended reading: Karl Marlantes

If you ever need a book recommendation, Seattle Times book editor Mary Ann Gwinn is your woman. Here’s the top of her “don’t-miss” list today:

marlantes.jpg “Woodinville debut novelist Karl Marlantes had a huge hit last year with his 30-years-in-the-making Vietnam novel ‘Matterhorn.’ In 2010, it sold 165,000 copies in hardcover and won a shelf full of prizes. Marlantes’ new nonfiction book, ‘What It Is Like to Go To War,’ is out this month.”

Reviewer Ellen Emry Heltzel’s calls the book “a series of essays on such themes as loyalty, heroism and ‘The Enemy Within,’ [which] strips off the veneer of fiction that served him well in his best-selling novel, ‘Matterhorn.’ But it offers the same riveting detail as he explores the divide between a society far removed from war’s realities and those like himself who have seen it close up.”

You can read Heltzel’s whole review, which ran in print last Sunday, here.

Need another recommendation? Mary Ann’s at mgwinn@seattletimes.com.

(Photo of Karl Marlantes by Devon Boswell.)

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