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Daughter of Vietnam hero tells war's personal effect in new UI Press book

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 enlisted man.

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 in between.

Bob Shacochis, author of "Swimming in the Volcano," praises "Snake's Daughter."

"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 1977.

"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: