This was my father's war. What's in this book is a lot of what he wouldn't talk about. Yet I knew about a lot of it simply because he was there, in the Pacific, when all this was going on. What I wasn't truly aware of was the level of mistakes that were made. The SNAFUs, the Situation Normal All Fouled Up that went on with so many of the island landings. Much of what I learned about the Pacific war was after I myself became a Marine – but it still wasn't the same because I wasn't there. This book takes you there and no matter how hard you try, you may leave a bit of yourself behind with the men who didn't come home. I cannot think of another book that really makes the island war live. Flags of Our Fathers comes close but The Pacificcarries it all the way. There are some things in it you may not like hearing about but they happened and for a reason. As always, war changes those who fight them – good or bad. If you have a love of history and a sense of pride in our fighting men, I recommend this book. It had me riveted from the first page to the last.
Vroman’s presents Elizabeth Gilbert in her only Southern California reading
01/29/2010 7:00 pm
All Saints Church Sanctuary
132 N Euclid Ave
Elizabeth Gilbert discusses and signs Committed
The author of Eat, Pray, Love continues her story where the last one left off. After falling in love, Elizabeth and Felipe make a pact not to ever be legally joined (both had previously been divorced). However, when Felipe is stopped at the American border, the two discover that they must marry or Felipe will not be able to enter the United States ever again. Gilbert spends the ten months they have to wait for the US government to permit them to return learning about marriage, illuminating the ins and outs of this ancient institution.
This is a ticketed event.
The cost of the ticket is $26.95 (plus tax) and includes a free copy of the book, Committed.
Tickets are available for purchase now at Vroman's Main Store and Hastings Ranch.
If you live out of the area and would like to buy a ticket, please call Vroman's Will Call at (626) 449-5320. You must pick up your tickets at Vroman's Main Store by the close of business on 1/28/10 or at the event venue on 1/29/10 (starting at 5 p.m.). Tickets are not for sale online.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. on the day of the event. Please do not arrive any earlier than that at All Saints Church.