Two books that describe the "invisible wounds of war" have been selected for the 11th annual Silicon Valley Reads program in 2013. All residents of the 15 cities in Silicon Valley are invited to read and discuss together the books.
The Long Walk by Brian Castner and Minefields of the Heart by Sue Diaz will be the focus of dozens of free programs in 2013, starting with a kickoff event on Wednesday, January 30, at 7:30 pm, when both authors are interviewed by Mercury News columnist Mike Cassidy at the Heritage Theatre in Campbell.
The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life that Follows describes Castner's tour of duty in the Middle East as a commander of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit and his struggles upon returning home with feelings of fear, confusion, and survivor's guilt. Castner said he wrote the book for his four sons, aged 14 to 3, and has been inundated with letters and emails from veterans wanting to share their own experiences.
Minefields of the Heart: A Mother's Story of a Son at War chronicles two deployments to Iraq of Sargeant Roman Diaz from the perspective of a mom on the home front. She describes the emotional rollercoaster when her teen decides to enlist rather than go to college, and when he deploys to an area where mortar attacks, enemy fire, and r