In a salute to Memorial Day, here are three acclaimed recent books about soldiers' experiences, all now in paperback.
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War (Grove Press) by Karl Marlantes, a decorated Vietnam veteran who spent 30 years writing the book, is a vivid epic that drops readers into the midst of a company of young Marines as they struggle to survive jungle combat.
My Queer War (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by James Lord is a sometimes funny, sometimes shocking memoir about a young gay man's experiences after he enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II.
War (Twelve) by Sebastian Junger is the harrowing, heartfelt account of 15 months in the lives of a U.S. Army platoon stationed in eastern Afghanistan. It was made into a documentary, Restrepo, by Junger and photojournalist Tim Hetherington, who was killed in April while covering conflict in Libya.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor