Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq
Kirsten Holmstedt. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2007. 384 pp. Illus. Index. $27.95.
Reviewed by Lieutenant Colonel Roberta L. Shea, U.S. Marine Corps
Following 9/11 Kirsten Holmstedt began gathering clippings from newspapers and stories from the Internet about women serving in combat zones. Her curiosity ultimately unsatisfied, she began to interview and correspond with service women. Six years in the making, the extended time spent on this book added significantly to its value; her pursuit brought her to many whose stories changed over time—reshaped in their own memory as months passed, reformed by new ways of managing their feelings as they healed in hospitals or returned home, and supplemented by additional deployments.