Monday, June 14, 2021

They Called Him Marvin & More -- MAILBOX MONDAY



They Called Him Marvin is the intimate history of one family caught up the War in the Pacific during WWII. First Lieutenant Dean Sherman was one of some 570 Allied airmen captured by the Japanese. His wife Connie was home in Utah, raising the baby Dean never met. 

Roger Stark's new book tells the story of Dean and Connie Sherman in all its historical context, using their own letters as well as primary source materials. It is the story of the brave men flying B-29 fighters and the harrowing effects the war had on families on both sides.

They Called Him Marvin launches September1 and is available for pre-order now. Learn more about the book and what prompted Stark to write it on  


"They were the fathers we never knew, the uncles we never met, the friends who never returned, the heroes we can never repay. They gave us our world. And those simple sounds of freedom we hear today are their voices speaking to us across the years." Bill Clinton

Such a man was 1st Lt Dean Harold Sherman, B-29 Airplane Commander.
They Called Him Marvin is a history. A history of war and of family. A history of the collision of the raging politics of a global war, young love, patriotism, sacred family commitments, duty and the horrors and tragedies, the catastrophe that war is.

The other books that came into my house last week were this nifty set of vintage Viking poetry books. My neighbor had a garage sale and, while he was ambivalent about parting with this set, he was happy they were only going across the street so he can visit them. 

I can't see myself hunkering down to read any of these cover to cover. But I can imagine dipping into them now and again when I'm feeling nostalgic for my days as an English Major. 


Join other book lovers on Mailbox Monday to share the books that came into your house last week. Visit the Mailbox Monday website to find links to all the participants' posts and read more about Books that Caught our Eye.

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit and Martha of Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf.


  1. They called him Marvin looks interesting.

    Enjoy, and enjoy the rest of your week.

  2. Two interesting additions. I am curious what is included in Viking Poetry. :-) Enjoy dipping in and have a good week.

  3. I do love anything WWII, fiction and non-fiction. I hope you enjoy this one. Looking forward to your review.


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