Featured books at Monkey See Monkey Read bookstore: The Color of War; The Chaperone

The Color of War

“James Campbell’s powerful account of what happened instead is a[n]…important chapter of American history, too little known until now.” –Harry Belafonte

“The author writes with feeling and authority about an often neglected chapter of World War II history.” –Charles D. Melson, Chief Historian, U.S. Marine Corps

From the acclaimed World War II writer and author of The Ghost Mountain Boys,The Color of War is an incisive retelling of the key month, July 1944, that won the war in the Pacific and ignited a whole new struggle on the home front.

In the pantheon of great World War II conflicts, the battle for Saipan is often forgotten. Yet historian Donald Miller calls it “as important to victory over Japan as the Normandy invasion was to victory over Germany.” For the Americans, defeating the Japanese came at a high price. In the words of a Time magazine correspondent, Saipan was “war at its grimmest.”

The Color of War is the story of two battles: the one overseas and the one on America’s home turf. By weaving together these two narratives for the first time, Campbell paints a more accurate picture of the cataclysmic events that occurred in July 1944–the month that won the war and changed America.

James Campbell is the author of The Final Frontiersman and The Ghost Mountain Boys. He has written for Outside magazine and many other publications.


The Chaperone 

A captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both.

Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip. She has no idea what she’s in for: Young Louise, already stunningly beautiful and sporting her famous blunt bangs and black bob, is known for her arrogance and her lack of respect for convention. Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will change their lives forever.

Over the course of the summer, Cora’s eyes are opened to the promise of the twentieth century and a new understanding of the possibilities for being fully alive.

Laura Moriarty received her master’s degree from the University of Kansas and was awarded the George Bennett Fellowship for Creative Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy. The author of The Center of Everything, The Rest of Her Life, and While I’m Falling, she lives in Lawrence, Kansas.


Both books are available at Monkey See Monkey Read in downtown Northfield.

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