Iowa City Book Festival Event
Iowa writer Jon Kerstetter will read from his new memoir, Crossings. In Iraq, as a combat physician and officer, Jon Kerstetter balanced two impossibly conflicting imperatives–to heal and to kill. When he suffered an injury during his third tour, he wound up back home in Iowa, no longer able to be either a doctor or a soldier. Moving from his impoverished upbringing on an Oneida reservation through the madness of Iraq and the struggle afterward to come to terms with a life irrevocably changed, Kerstetter beautifully illuminates war and survival, the fragility of the human body, and the strength of will that lies within.
Jon Kerstetter received his medical degree from the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota, and his MFA degree from Ashland University in Ohio. He served as a combat physician and flight surgeon for the U.S. Army and completed three combat tours in Iraq. His writing has appeared in The Best American Essays, River Teeth, and other literary journals.