My book this time around is Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers. Yellow Birds has been on everyone’s best books of 2012 reading list, and it deserves to be. A riveting story of life in the ground war in Iraq, it details the lives of Bartlett, the narrator, and a soldier named Murph, whose mother has made Bartlett promise to bring her son home safe. It gives a clear, nerve-jangling picture of combat in a land where the goals and the enemy both are elusive. It is short; you can read it in one sitting. But you won’t soon forget it.