One Hot Little Book

beah.jpgAs one of few birds with a current writing gig, I am, it is well known, something of a trendsetter. Also true is that I am a trend-spotter. And, fellow readers, I have put my finger on the pulse of the book world and found one hot-selling title: A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah.

Perhaps you have heard of it. Tens of thousands of copies have been sold already (nationally, not, um, locally) and the book’s only been out for a few weeks. If you’d like to learn more, there is video available through the River City Books web site. Also, here’s the publisher summary:

This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them.

What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? How does one become a killer? How does one stop? Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But until now, there has not been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived.

In “A Long Way Gone,” Beah, now twenty-five years old, tells a riveting story: how at the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he’d been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts. This is a rare and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.

Of course, the book’s available at River City Books.

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