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Daughter of Vietnam hero tells war's personal effect in new UI Press
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The daughter of a Vietnam War hero chronicles her
attempt to understand a father she hardly knew in a ground-breaking memoir
from the University of Iowa Press that looks at the toll of military life
on soldiers' families.
"Snake's Daughter: The Roads in and out of War," by Gail Hosking
Gilberg, tells the story of Charles "Snake" Hosking, a career
soldier who was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1969 for saving his comrades
from a grenade-laden Vietcong prisoner.
Using a photographic record left by her father as well as interviews
with those who knew him, Gilberg tries to come to terms with the complicated
man who was a mystery to her in life, a man who died a week after her 17th
birthday. Her father was a selfless comrade-in-arms, but a distant father;
a stern disciplinarian, but an alcoholic; a brilliant soldier, but a lifelong
More than 30 years after Snake Hosking's death, Gilberg's memoir is
a personal and a public healing between those who fought the war, those
who opposed it, and the many family members and loved ones caught painfully
Bob Shacochis, author of "Swimming in the Volcano," praises
"After all these many years of America's halfhearted reconciliations,
public and private, Gail Gilberg closes the circle on the Vietnam era and
our fragmented culture's long convalescence, providing it once and for
all with terminal punctuation," Shacochis says. "I can't imagine
any reader not being profoundly moved by 'Snake's Daughter.'"
"Snake's Daughter" is the latest in the UI Press' series,
Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography.
Gail Gilberg is a writer and teacher who lives in Rochester, N.Y., with
her husband and two sons. She received her master's degree from Iowa State
University and taught in the Ames Community School District from 1974 to
"Snake's Daughter: The Roads in and out of War" is available
at bookstores nationwide for $32.95 in hardcover and $16.95 paperback.
The book also can be ordered from UI Press by calling (319) 384-3807 (for
calls within Johnson County) or
1-800-235-2665 (outside Johnson County).
Information is also available at the UI Press website: http://www.uiowa.edu/~uipress/