The Red Book or Operation Iraqi Freedom is My Fault
Praise for The Red Book or Operation Iraqi Freedom is My Fault.
"Jennings is brilliant at the art of autobiographical essay, not only showing how he is caught up in mainstream events like 9/11 and Iraqi Freedom, but how his past and present selves whorl and eddy in essays that are richly drawn and brutally honest. In this groundbreaking book, Jennings intersperses excerpts from his teenage-self’s diary, the “Red Book,” dialogue with an unnamed other, footnotes, and so much more. The net result is a kind of atomic cloud full of crackling energy and wonder at these myriad experiences, as our narrator suggests, a startling spectrum, "a continuum that shifts from Pussy to Badass." Read this book. It's a stunner. It’ll open your eyes and break your heart."
-Wendell Mayo, Author of The Cucumber King of Kedainiai
"There's much to enjoy in The Red Book—humor and honesty topping the list. This personal meditation does more than acknowledge the inherent tension between individual identity and preordained masculinity, isolation and interconnectedness, and reality and human construct; it celebrates these often irreconcilable dualities. In doing so, Jennings reveals his unwavering faith in the power of art and its ability to save a life—even if that life is one's own. "
—Raegen Pietrucha, author of An Animal I Can’t Name