Only read nine of these so far. I think The Glass Castle is next, thanks to my wonderful sister-in-law who is the perfect person to recommend a book. I wish I had her in my classroom to cater to the continual requests for good recommendations in the genre of (fill in the blank).
If you are curious about what Marines actually experience during wartime, Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles, is definitely a book you should check out. It's not the easiest book to read, but it definitely shows you what it's really like out there in the desert, as well as demonstrates how difficult it is to keep your wits about you in these dangerous situations.