Two books with military themes — one a memoir, one a novel — are options for the bookshelf this week.
>"You Are Worth It": The Medal of Honor Book Club at the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center is reading the wartime account of Kyle Carpenter in advance of his upcoming visit to Chattanooga.
Carpenter's national best-seller, "You Are Worth It," will be discussed at 11 a.m. Aug. 21, with a choice of virtual or in-person participation. Carpenter, the youngest living recipient of the Medal of Honor, will be the keynote speaker for the center's Celebration of Valor Luncheon at the Chattanooga Convention Center on Sept. 21.
Carpenter, a Marine lance corporal, was posted atop a building in violent Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on Nov. 21, 2010, when an enemy grenade skittered toward him and fellow Marine Nick Eufrazio. Carpenter jumped on the grenade, saving his comrade but sacrificing his own body.
His heart flatlined three times while being evacuated off the battlefield in Afghanistan. Severely wounded from head to toe, Carpenter lost his right eye as well as most of his jaw. His recovery required dozens of surgeries over almost three years to reconstruct his body. From there, he began the process of rebuilding his life.
Books are available from online retailers and local bookstores, as well as the center's gift shop at 2 W. Aquarium Way.
Find links to register for the book club meeting or the luncheon at mohhc.org.
> "Out of Darkness": An author from Rainsville, Alabama, has published a new action novel that looks at what a military conflict on U.S. soil could look like. Roy Paul Shields' newest release is "Out of Darkness: The Freedom Villagers Series — Book 2.
In this sequel to "Depths of Terror," Paul and Kim have tried to settle into a more normal, peaceful life on the West Coast, but they are quickly pulled back into another international conflict. Waves of terrorists attack the United States with the backing of several nations, and Paul finds himself back in the mountains. With the help of the colonel, a new friend, Chief, and the military, Paul tries to root out the enemy. At the same time, a new group of armed Americans arises, the Patriots, to take care of the terrorists on its own terms.
The 284-page paperback from Dorrance Publishing Co. retails for $19 ($14 for the e-book).
Learn more at bookstore.dorrancepublishing.com.
— Compiled by Lisa Denton