The Last Deployment: How a Gay, Hammer-Swinging Twentysomething Survived a Year in Iraq (Google eBook)

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, Jun 8, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 223 pages
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In 2003, after serving five and a half years as a carpenter in a North Dakota National Guard engineer unit, Bronson Lemer was ready to leave the military behind. But six months short of completing his commitment to the army, Lemer was deployed on a yearlong tour of duty to Iraq. Leaving college life behind in the Midwest, he yearns for a lost love and quietly dreams of a future as an openly gay man outside the military. He discovers that his father’s lifelong example of silent strength has taught him much about being a man, and these lessons help him survive in a war zone and to conceal his sexuality, as he is required to do by the U.S. military.

            The Last Deployment is a moving, provocative chronicle of one soldier’s struggle to reconcile military brotherhood with self-acceptance. Lemer captures the absurd nuances of a soldier’s daily life: growing a mustache to disguise his fear, wearing pantyhose to battle sand fleas, and exchanging barbs with Iraqis while driving through Baghdad. But most strikingly, he describes the poignant reality faced by gay servicemen and servicewomen, who must mask their identities while serving a country that disowns them. Often funny, sometimes anguished, The Last Deployment paints a deeply personal portrait of war in the twenty-first century.
 InSight Out Book Club selection Bronson Lemer named one of Instinct magazine’s Leading Men 2011 QPB Book Club selection

Finalist, Minnesota Book Awards

Finalist, Over the Rainbow Selection, American Library Association

Amazon Top Ten 10 Gay & Lesbian Books of 2011  

 

  

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The Last Deployment: How a Gay, Hammer-Swinging Twentysomething Survived a Year in Iraq

User Review  - David Gibbs - Book Verdict

One of five brothers, Lemer joined the National Guard on a lark, mostly to stand out and give his parents something to be proud of. Never thinking he would be deployed overseas, he was sent first to ... Read full review

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User Review  - JJ Levesque - Goodreads

Until about two or three years ago I rarely, if ever, read nonfiction. However, as time passes I find myself more and more interested in it. This read I picked up through the Insightout Book Club. It ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
3
1 Olympic Hopefuls
6
2 Last Supper
19
3 Snow Bullets
33
4 Even Pawns Have Nice Legs
49
5 Click Click Click
68
6 The Mustache Race
70
7 All Sand and Stars
78
11 Baghdad in My Boots
139
12 Dont Tell
161
13 If Charles Bronson Were Here
163
14 How to Build Your Own Coffin
178
15 Two Toonies and a Loonie
190
16 Vets
192
17 Out Came a Spider
203
18 Dump Gulls
207

8 Wolves
93
9 This Is Our Comfortable Hell
109
10 Icarus in Iraq
122
Epilogue
216
Acknowledgments
223
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About the author (2011)

Bronson Lemer served in the North Dakota Army National Guard for six years, including deployments to Kosovo and Iraq. His writing has appeared in Blue Earth Review, The Rekjavik Grapevine, and Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers. He teaches English and humanities courses at Turtle Mountain Community College near Belcourt, North Dakota.

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