Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails

Jarhead, Anthony Swofford's memoir of his Gulf War military service, launched the author on a promising literary career, but struggles with addiction and despair soon followed. Then a series of RV trips with his terminally ill father, himself a Vietnam vet, saved him from himself, a transformation he captures with courageous intensity in this moving work of nonfiction.

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.