There's no place better than a library. Except maybe one with a gorgeous view. This is what Spokane Public Library visitors see from the north-facing downtown windows: the Spokane River as it heads under the Monroe Street bridge.
I'm pleased to report that it's the latest library to have a copy of "Boocoo Dinky Dow: My short, crazy Vietnam War" in its collection. Because if there's anything better even than a library with a view, it's one containing a book with my name on the cover!
Grady Myers would be so pleased that his memoir can be checked out there. He and I worked for awhile at the Spokesman-Review newspaper a few blocks away. He later followed the river 40 miles to the east, putting his artistic talent to use for the U.S. Forest Service in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Grady's favorite reading material? Books about collectible cars, fantasy/science fiction, military history. I hope folks who want to read his story -- which one reviewer called "part 'M*A*S*H' and part 'Full Metal Jacket'" -- remember that they can ask their local library to order it. That makes it a gift to the community. Which is the literary version of having your cake, and eating it, too.
Julie Titone is co-author of the Grady Myers memoir "Boocoo Dinky Dow: My short, crazy Vietnam War." Grady was an M-60 machine gunner in The U.S. Army's Company C’s 2nd Platoon, 1st Battalion, 8th Regiment, 4th Infantry Division in late 1968 and early 1969. His Charlie Company comrades knew him as Hoss. Thoughts, comments? Send Julie an email.