Sand Queen by Helen BenedictRead about another entry on the list.
Though it’s a fictional story, Benedict’s Sand Queen is inspired by true stories of female U.S. soldiers fighting in the Middle East — a perspective that is unfortunately far too rare. Benedict interviewed around 40 female veterans of the war in Iraq to tell this completely heartbreaking, vivid story of the particular difficulties of being not just a soldier, but a female soldier. For the women, it’s not just the threat of combat, but the threat of men within their own units.
Benedict also wrote The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq, a nonfiction book centered on the same issues.
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