Kayla Williams spoke about her book, Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War, at Politics & Prose on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.
Brian, on his way back to base after mid-tour leave, was wounded by a roadside bomb that sent shrapnel through his brain. Kayla waited anxiously for news and, on returning home, sought out Brian. The two began a tentative romance and later married, but neither anticipated the consequences of Brian s injury on their lives. Lacking essential support for returning veterans from the military and the VA, Kayla and Brian suffered through posttraumatic stress amplified by his violent mood swings, her struggles to reintegrate into a country still oblivious to women veterans, and what seemed the callous, consumerist indifference of civilian society at large.
Kayla persevered. So did Brian. They fought for their marriage, drawing on remarkable reservoirs of courage and commitment. They confronted their demons head-on, impatient with phoniness of any sort. Inspired by an unwavering ethos of service, they continued to stand on common ground. Finally, they found their own paths to healing and wholeness, both as individuals and as a family, in dedication to a larger community.
Sean Strub spoke about his book, Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, AIDS, Sex and Survival, at Politics & Prose on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.
Strub started his political career running the Senate elevator in 1976; by the 1990s he was involved in ACT UP and had demonstrated at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the home of Jessie Helms. Strub, seriously ill himself, never stopped fighting on behalf of AIDS patients, and continues his advocacy with POZ magazine, extensive speaking engagements, and, now, this powerful memoir.
Gary Shteyngart spoke about his book, Little Failure, at Politics & Prose on Thursday, January 9, 2014.
Provocative, hilarious, and inventive, Little Failure reveals a deeper vein of emotion in Gary Shteyngart’s prose. It is a memoir of an immigrant family coming to America, as told by a lifelong misfit who forged from his imagination an essential literary voice and, against all odds, a place in the world..