2010 EPPIE AWARD Finalist! Nineteen-year-old Lisa Cordeiro has no idea what to do with her life. She changes her major every week at UMass Amherst, around the constant partying in college and in Boston. She never considered it before, but one day she decides to join the military. On visiting the recruiting office, a Marine recruiter convinces her to enlist active-duty in the Marine Corps. She’s headed for boot camp in Parris Island, South Carolina for a thirteen-week training regime considered by many to be the most difficult military training in the world.At Parris Island, drill instructors break recruits down as individuals and rebuild them as Marines, part of a group. It is extremely difficult for men to make it through and it’s no easier for the women. Under the relentless eyes of four women drill instructors, women recruits are challenged by a dizzying array of obstacles tearing down every inhibition and self-doubt. Every dread is exploited and every fear is confronted. Lisa Cordeiro brings you along on an intensely personal, physical, spiritual, and sometimes comical struggle to become a Marine. Letters from family and friends allow her to temporarily escape this new world she has entered, and give readers a glimpse into her life back at home.From choosing among the various sales pitches thrown by military recruiters to survival tactics in boot camp, Parris Island allows you to experience Marine Corps boot camp like never before. Don't miss the amazing sequel to PARRIS ISLAND by Lisa Cordeiro: JOURNEY OF A WOMAN MARINE: LIFE, LOVE, AND TRAVELS DURING AND AFTER THE MARINE CORPS available now from Whiskey Creek Press!
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My books include several letters--for a reason. When a young person enlists, the decision doesn't just impact the person leaving, but also family and friends back home. Relationships are affected and communication becomes even more essential. What's a better way to depict people trying to maintain their relationships but through the words of those affected? I'm a female and the friends and family in the letters are female, so I think they give a glimpse into female relationships while one member is sent overseas-- mother-daughter, sisters, and college-aged friends. I love reading letters and journal entries to see a more authentic glimpse into a person and/or relationships, but if you don't, this book isn't for you (or just skip the letters). My friends and I are college-age at the time so there are many references to boys, partying, and the usual interests of girls our age.
I try to emphasize the positive impact that a letter from home can have on someone detached from family and friends and cut off from other forms of communication. So I hope to encourage letter writing by showing that experience. And that's why to this day, my Girl Scout troop and I support Operation American Soldier whose motto is for no military member to walk away from mail call empty handed. You can't underestimate how a few kinds words can brighten someone's day.
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Book Description Whiskey Creek Press, LLC. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Nice condition with minor indications of previous handling. Bookseller Inventory # G159374093XI4N00