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Love My Rifle More Than You by Kayla Williams

Love My Rifle More Than You

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Imagine yourself as a female soldier in Iraq. Love My Rifle More Than You brings home with vivid intensity and empathy the experience of just that. Itâs aggressively raw, real and unblinkingly candid on the violence, the death up close, the boredom, the fear as well as the more light-hearted moments and perhaps most importantly what itâs like to be surrounded by an ocean of testosterone and being variously described as a soldier, a sister, a mother, a bitch and a slut. Itâs unputdownable.


Love My Rifle More Than You by Kayla Williams

'I want to write the book that explains it - the horror, the terror, the shame, the mind-numbing boredom; and the joy and the honour. Down to the goriest and most degrading detail, down to the suicide attempts, the suicides, the anorexic desperation, the promiscuity, the comradeship, the tedium, the bravery, the violence'.

From basic training to intensive language school, to learning how to fire an automatic weapon, to being deployed in Iraq and holding up the American convoy because it's complicated for a woman to pee in a chemical weapon's suit, Love My Rifle is a gripping memoir of life in the US army written by a woman with an unforgettable voice.

It touches on today's news stories, of Abu Ghraib prison and the soldiers still fighting in Iraq, but also on more universal issues: of being the one woman in a troop of 200 men, of patriotism and honour, of courage and military incompetence.

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Kayla Williams
Kayla Williams was formerly a sergeant in a military intelligence company of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). She lives near Washington, DC.

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11th January 2006


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