Sunday, January 29, 2017

Bridgewater Native Releases New Book

Bridgewater-native Michael Anthony has released a new memoir entitled Civilianized: A Young Veteran’s Memoir.

The book is about Anthony's return home from the Iraq War and is a deep look into Anthony's post-war life.

From the book jacket:

"After twelve months of military service in Iraq, Michael Anthony stepped off a plane, seemingly happy to be home--or at least back on U.S. soil. He was twenty-one years old, a bit of a nerd, and carrying a pack of cigarettes that he thought would be his last. Two weeks later, Michael was high on Vicodin, drunk and drinking more, and picking a fight with a very large Hell's Angel. At this wit's end, he came to an agreement with himself: If things didn't improve in three months, he was going to kill himself. (But in the meantime, he had some dating classes to attend.) Civilianized is a surprising and dark-humored memoir that chronicles Michael's search for meaning in a suddenly destabilized world."

In recent reviews, Booklist described it as: "Civilianized has the introspection of a literary memoir and the narrative momentum of a novel." Kirkus praised "[D]ark humored," and "an intense memoir..." and BookReporter extolled it as a must read "Michael Anthony's expressive wit and deep emotionality connect with a vital story to present an account of the veteran's experience returning from war that is prevalent, yet far too infrequently told."

If you’ve ever been in a dark spot yourself, or know someone who has, whether through the military/war of the thousand other things in life that can put you there, this book is definitely worth the read. It’s short, and at only 208 pages, it packs a punch to the senses that you won’t regret.

Some Early Blurbs
"Michael Anthony writes with emotional clarity, dark wit, and unpremeditated honesty. … I won't soon forget this book." –Mary Roach, author of Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

"Anthony navigates the dark side of a veteran's homecoming with honesty, skill, and even a touch of humor. Prepare to be disturbed and entertained in equal measures." - Brian Castner, author of The Long Walk and All the Ways We Kill and Die

"Important and essential, Civilianized is an unflinching look at the dark hell of reintegration. Michael Anthony's personal story provides us with a deeper understanding of the war that many of us post 9/11 veterans face alone when returning home. A must read." - Colby Buzzell, author of My War: Killing Time in Iraq and Thank You for Being Expendable

You can order the book online at the link below or can purchase the book at your local bookstore.

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