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OneBook Project

The OneBook Project is a college-wide initiative that invites students, faculty, staff and members of the outside community to read a common text and engage in discussions around that text. The goal is to create an interdisciplinary learning community that explores issues relevant to the text and our community. This year, MassBay will be awarding a prize to a regional author whose work connects to the mission of the OneBook Project.

2017-2018 OneBook — Civilianized: A Young Veteran’s Memoir

Michael Anthony will give a talk on Thursday, Nov. 2nd at 11am in the MassBay Library Atrium. He will give a talk in the evening at 7pm at the Wellesley Free Library. He will be available to sign books.

Author Bio

Michael Anthony is a veteran, essayist, and memoirist. He has an MFA in creative writing from Lesley University and is the author of Mass Casualties: A Young Medic’s True story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq (2009) and Civilianized: A Young Veteran’s Memoir (2016). He has written for the Washington Post blog, the Business Insider blog, as well as several others, including a year-long stint as a feature writer and editor of the “War and Veterans” section of the Good Men Project. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and daughter. You can visit Michael on the web at: MassCasualties.com

“Civilianized has the introspection of a literary memoir and the narrative momentum of a novel.” “[T]his at-times darkly comic memoir serves as an important reminder of the human cost of America’s involvement in overseas conflicts. . . An intense memoir.”
-Booklist"Civilianized is a remarkable account of what it's like to live inside post-traumatic stress disorder. It's also smart and mordantly funny”–Kirkus Reviews
"Michael Anthony’s expressive wit and deep emotionality connect with a vital story to present an account of the veteran’s experience returning from war that is prevalent, yet far too infrequently told. Civilianized questions what it means to be a soldier, and what it then means to be a civilian. There are no easy answers, but Anthony delivers a dose of reality that can awaken the mind and provides useful information about the challenging transition soldiers face upon returning home." –Milwaukee Journal Sentinel“Michael Anthony writes with emotional clarity, dark wit, and unpremeditated honestly. But what stayed with me most, I think, were the quiet punches to the gut: That to kill oneself, one must not only feel like dying, but also like killing, and the feelings could not be farther apart. That what messed with him the most was not the brutality of his foes but the moral bankruptcy of certain commanders. That it is not so much the intensity of combat that derails a soldier but the flatness of its absence. I won’t soon forget this book.”
–BookReporter “Michael Anthony’s Civilianized howls with hard-earned wisdom. An unflinching story of homecoming and the after-war, Anthony has been to the brink and back. He writes with both soul and candor, and for that, contemporary war literature is in his debt.”–Mary Roach, author of Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
“Anthony navigates the dark side of a veteran’s homecoming with honesty, skill, and even a touch of humor. Prepare to be disturbed and entertained in equal measure.”–Matt Gallagher, author of Youngblood and Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War“In this tender memoir Civilianized, returning Iraq war veteran Michael Anthony hurls us into the raw, moral betrayals of war and the awful moral dislocation of coming home. At times hilarious, at other times harrowingly sad, Anthony’s memoir screams out at us to pay attention to the needs of our veterans.”
–Brian Castner, author of The Long Walk and All the Ways We Kill and Die"Important and essential, Civilianized is an unflinching look at the dark hell of reintegration. Michael Anthony's personal story provides us with a deeper understanding of the war that many of us post 9/11 veterans face alone when returning home. A must read."–Nancy Sherman, author of Afterwar: Healing the Moral Wounds of our Soldiers and Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds, and Souls of our Soldiers
 –Colby Buzzell, author of My War: Killing Time in Iraq and Thank You for Being Expendable