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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Letters to Sis: Memoirs of a Soldier by CW3 Cesare Giannetti U.S. Army (Ret.) is a heartwarming memoir written by the author to his sister Marisa from the time he joined the Army to her death from breast cancer. The memoirs not only memorialize his sister, but also share his experiences and memories as a soldier. The book chronicles the period when he was stationed abroad and also gives him the chance to share with his daughter the experiences, good and bad, he has undergone in his life. The physical and mental abuse he has gone through during his stint in the Army, the bond he shared with his sister, and the losses he saw during his lifetime make this memoir a memorable read.
The narration is detailed and descriptive and it makes the author’s story vivid, pulling readers right into his world. The letters he has written to his sister and his need to share every little thing with her, and her support of him, are a reflection of the strong bond between them which is palpable to readers. The author’s journey, his growth as a person, love, the letters and conversations with his sister, the songs he adds in between the words give readers a peek into his life and him as a person. The characters and experiences being real connect well with readers and they get to see many shades of the author’s character and personality. The memoir is a must-read as it is not just about war; it is about courage, loss, support, love, and personal growth.