Body Shop

Body Shop BODY SHOP: Recuperating from Vietnam (Stein & Day, 1973)

First published book about American men wounded in Vietnam, all amputees at Letterman General Hospital in San Francisco. Each stump is attached to a name, a story, a brave heart.

Woody, young, blue-eyed, red-haired California man says, “I went to a concert a while ago. I was sitting on some steps, this chick was sitting below me. Everyone was stoned. She leaned back and hit her head against my false legs. She turned around, she couldn’t believe it. We really laughed!”



CASUALTY: A Memoir of Love and War (Norton, 1981) deals with a father’s pressure on a son to go to Vietnam and his guilt when the young man is killed.

At a stark chapel rising, wing like, in New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains, a ghost-like love story unfolds within the tale of the grieving father who built the memorial to all Vietnam victims, including his own son, for whose death he was largely responsible.

Howard Koch: “…a literary gem that reads like a detective story…”