Everything happened. Everything fell.

Here’s a book that’s received a lot of well-deserved attention, a novel about two soldiers in Iraq in 2004 written by one who was there. Author Kevin Powers, however, is not only an Iraq War veteran, he also holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Michener Fellow in Poetry. These life experiences combine to create a powerful, unforgettable book, “The Yellow Birds.”

It’s about the soldiers

Bernard Fall’s “Street Without Joy” is a military account of the French Indochina War published and revised in the early 1960s. I’ve got a book collecting urge to buy it. Not a paperback added to a cart on Amazon or Barnes & Noble or Borders, rather a signed, rare edition from an antiquarian bookseller. Here’s why, and what’s going on in my gently mad bibliophilic thinking.