Even if the real fireworks are banned, you can still find some within the pages of a good book. Celebrate the July 4th holiday with one of these:
"Born on the 4th of July" by Ron Kovic -- Kovic's autobiography is set during the Vietnam War, where Kovic went to fight for his country. He was badly wounded in a battle, paralyzed from the waist down, and left in a wheelchair for life. The problems mount when he comes home and veterans of the war were very badly treated by both civilian and the very government he fought for. Kovic became disgusted with that very treatment and joined the anti-war movement, becoming a fierce voice for veteran's rights. The book was turned into an Oliver Stone movie by the same name and starring Tom Cruise as Kovic. A very powerful, emotional, must read.
"4th of July" by James Patterson -- Only Patterson could take the holiday and turn it into a tight murder mystery with lots of drama and nail biting mystery. Lt. Lindsay Boxer has to defend herself when a young girl is killed in a crossfire. Using her friends in the Women's Murder Club, Lindsay finds a link between these killings and an unsolved murder from her past. Patterson's ability to write a murder mystery/thriller is unparalleled and this is one you won't want to miss.
"Knee High by the 4th of July" by Jess Lourey -- Another mystery/thriller but this one is quirky in the story telling. Mira has to solve two missing persons dilemmas -- one is Chief Wenonga, a 23 foot tall, very well built statue and the other is Johnny Leeson, a very real organic gardener and dead ringer for Brad Pitt. With a killer closing in and a secret of her own that keeps her hiding from the cops, Mira is going to be hopping to solve this one. A definite must read.
You can find all three of these books -- and others that celebrate the holiday or have it in the plot -- through all online bookstores, as well as locally from Joseph-Beth Booksellers in the Lexington Green Mall on Nicholasville Road or Barnes & Noble in the Hamburg Pavilion Shopping Center at Man o' War Blvd and Sir Barton Way.
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