War Ready
In My Father's Shadow
Mary Lou Darst
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Mary Lou Darst, author of War Ready.

About the Author
As a child, Mary Lou Darst traveled the world with her military family. She earned a BA in literature, an MS in multicultural studies, and a BA in visual and applied design. She taught English language arts and English as a second language.

About my book, War Ready For young Mary Lou, life was an adventure. Her father served in the military, and the family traveled around the world with him. His assignments took them to Alaska, Virginia, Japan, Texas and Germany, as part of the US Army's responsibilities in policing the world. This candid memoir recounts her family's life in new places and cultures following World War II. What was it like to be a child living in Japan seven years after the war? What was it like to be a thirteen-year-old living in Germany twelve years after the war? What was it like to grow up moving between cultures? The author's story was informed by reading her father's diary, which offers up intimate and candid insight into the life of a typical soldier in a time of war. His entries describe his time aboard a British battleship built for 800 soldiers--but carrying 3,000 to war. His tales -- told from the perspective of a young soldier in southern England, Wales, and Scotland from 1943 to 1945 -- are glimpses into a life many will never know firsthand.