Best Books for Young Adults – www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists
Best Sellers – usatoday.com/life/books
Book Exchange (a fun way to pass on your used books) – www.bookcrossing.com
Oprah’s Book Club – http://www.oprah.com/book_club.html
James Patterson’s lists of great kids’ books – www.ReadKiddoRead.com
Reviews of New and Upcoming Titles – http://bookreporter.com
New and Upcoming Adult Titles – http://fantasticfiction.com
SIUE Military and Veteran Services’ MAVRC Book Club
Starting this Fall 2021 semester, SIUE’s Military and Veteran Services will be hosting its MAVRC Book Club [Military and Veteran Resource Center Book Club] that will meet monthly. For the September meeting, we’ll be discussing See Me For Who I Am: Student Veterans’ Stories of War and Coming Home edited by David Chrisinger (Hudson Whitman Excelsior College Press, 2015). Please see the 2021-2022 schedule below.
Participants will be responsible for their own copy of the selected book. To get a copy of the selected title, you may purchase a copy at any retailer of your choice, such as:
Or borrow a copy from a local library:
About the MAVRC Book Club
To truly recognize the military and veteran community is to be informed of the various and complex histories, experiences, and narratives of military culture and veteran knowledge. The MAVRC Book Club, organized by the Office of Military and Veteran Services at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), will present a series of readings and discussions to better comprehend and interpret the policies and procedures that developed the United States Armed Forces, and make sense of the terrain and bureaucracy that military personnel and veterans navigate daily. Hosting such a book club will cultivate conversations with the purpose of dismantling stereotypes and the romanticism on the meaning of service.
Readings selected for the book club will be a diverse selection that will highlight the contributions of women veterans, veterans of color, and LGBTQIA+ veterans – groups that have a history of hostile treatment in the military and whose service has been marginalized. Other readings will dissect the policies and procedures that have shaped the military and veteran life. Another theme of readings will provide a worldly perspective of conflicts that the United States military has engaged in since its formal establishment.
Trigger warning: Books selected may deal with themes and topics of war and combat; sexual assault, abuse, harassment, and violence; disabilities, physical and mental health, and trauma; gender and sexual identity; race, culture, and ethnicity; and politics and religion.
Politics of the authors of selected readings are not reflective of Military and Veteran Services. Differing opinions and worldviews should be communicated intellectually with respect and understanding.
Book club meetings will be held via Zoom. Book club meetings will not be held in January, May, August, or December.
All book club meetings will be open virtually to the public.
2021-2022 MAVRC Book Club Schedule
- Book: See Me For Who I Am: Student Veterans’ Stories of War and Coming Home edited by David Chrisinger (Hudson Whitman Excelsior College Press, 2015)
- Meeting: Thursday, September 30, 2021, 12:00PM
- Book: Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy Seal’s Journey to Coming Out Transgender by Kristin Beck and Anne Speckard, Ph.D. (Advances Press, 2013)
- Meeting: Thursday, October 28, 2021, 12:00PM
- Book: Paying with Their Bodies: American War and the Problem of the Disabled Veteran by John Kinder (The University of Chicago Press, 2015)
- Meeting: Thursday, November 18, 2021, 12:00PM
- Book: War! What Is It Good For?: Black Freedom Struggles and the U.S. Military from World War II to Iraq by Kimberley L. Phillips (The University of North Carolina Press, 2012)
- Meeting: Thursday, February 24, 2022, 12:00PM
- Book: Beyond Combat: Women and Gender in the Vietnam War Era by Heather Marie Stur (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
- Meeting: Thursday, March 31, 2022, 12:00PM
- Book: Unbecoming: A Memoir of Disobedience by Anuradha Bhagwati (Atria Books, 2019)
- Meeting: Thursday, April 28, 2022, 12:00PM
- Book: I’m Still Standing: From Captive U.S. Soldier to Free Citizen – My Journey Home by Shoshana Johnson with M.L. Doyle (Simon & Schuster, 2010)
- Meeting: Thursday, June 30, 2022, 12:00PM
- Book: The Rise of the Military Welfare State by Jennifer Mittelstadt (Harvard University Press, 2015)
- Meeting: Thursday, July 28, 2022, 12:00PM