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Hilary Plum’s Watchfires is an intimate account of public and private life during the long years of the “war on terror.” This remarkable essay begins in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing and illuminates the relationships among cancer, autoimmune disease, the Iraq War, the Arab Spring, Occupy, veteran suicide, the American epidemic of gun violence, and Plum’s fam ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Rescue Press
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Melanie Page
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Content Warning: discussions about and examples of eating disorder, war, terror, suicide, Boston Marathon Bombing, cancer, chronic pain, protesting by refusing food, mentions of torture in Guantanamo Bay prison, and examinations of individual radicalized Muslim terrorists.

That is a whole lot of content warning, but let me explain: I discovered Hilary Plum after I went to a joint reading that she and her husband, the poet Zach Savich, did at the University of Notre Dame on March 22, 2017. I note
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Sydney
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Disclaimer: the author is my daughter. Yet even if I had stumbled on this book, I would have loved it. I admire nonfiction that gathers up history, reaches for the mythic, and brings everything into the personal with fire. (Linda Hogan's "Dwellings" is one of my favorite books.) Hilary Plum's book seems to speak for so many, but it isn't simply identity-tagging. In fact, it's not as if the voice of the book separates people, but brings them together — through common experiences of war (from a di ...more
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