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American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal
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American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal Hardcover - 2015

by Taya Kyle; Jim DeFelice

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The widow of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle shares their private story: an unforgettable testament to the power of love and faith in the face of war and unimaginable loss--and a moving tribute to a man whose true heroism ran even deeper than the legend

In early 2013, Taya Kyle and her husband, Chris, were the happiest they ever had been. Their decade-long marriage had survived years of war that took Chris, a U.S. Navy SEAL, away from Taya and their two children for agonizingly long stretches while he put his life on the line in many major battles of the Iraq War. After struggling to readjust to life out of the military, Chris had found new purpose in redirecting his lifelong dedication to service toward supporting veterans and their families. Their love had deepened, and their family was whole, finally.

Then, the unthinkable. On February 2, 2013, Chris and his friend Chad Littlefield were killed while attempting to help a troubled vet. The life Chris and Taya fought so hard to build was shattered. In an instant, Taya became a single parent of two. A widow. A young woman facing the rest of her life without the man she loved.

Chris and Taya's remarkable story has captivated millions through Clint Eastwood's blockbuster Academy Award-winning film American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper as Chris and Sienna Miller as Taya, and because of Chris's bestselling memoir, in which Taya contributed passages that formed the book's emotional core. Now, with trusted collaborator Jim DeFelice, Taya writes in never-before-told detail about the hours, days, and months after Chris's shocking death when grief threatened to overwhelm her.

And yet throughout, friendship, family, and a deepening faith were lifelines that sustained her and the kids when the sorrow became too much. Two years after her husband's tragic death, Taya has found renewed meaning and connection to Chris by advancing their shared mission of "serving those who serve others,"

particularly military and first-responder families. She and the children are now embracing a new future, one that honors the past but also looks forward with hope, gratitude, and joy.

American Wife is one of the most remarkable memoirs of the year--a universal chronicle of love and heartbreak, service and sacrifice, faith and purpose that will inspire every reader.

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  • Title American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal
  • Author Taya Kyle; Jim DeFelice
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Edition International Ed
  • Pages 304
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher William Morrow & Company, New York, NY
  • Date 2015-05
  • Illustrated Yes
  • Features Illustrated
  • ISBN 9780062398086 / 0062398083
  • Weight 1.15 lbs (0.52 kg)
  • Dimensions 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.3 in (23.11 x 15.75 x 3.30 cm)
  • Themes
    • Sex & Gender: Feminine
    • Topical: Family
  • Library of Congress subjects United States - Military life, Snipers - United States
  • Dewey Decimal Code B

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  • Kirkus Reviews, 01/01/0001, Page 0
  • New York Times Book Review, 05/24/2015, Page 26

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