From Baghdad, With Love by Jay Kopelman
A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava

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A war memoir that will capture the hearts of its readers, just as one scruffy puppy sneaked his way into the hearts of hardened Marines just when they needed it most.


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Jay Kopelman is a former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps; he was last stationed at Camp Pendleton, California. A competitive bicyclist, Jay lives in La Jolla, California, with his wife, Pam Godde, stepson, their two dogs, Lava and Koda, and Cheddar the cat. Both Jay and his wife, an anthropologist, are avid surfers. They're expecting their second child in January 2007.     Melinda Roth works for a political lobbyist in Chicago, where she lives with her family.  
Published January 1, 2007 by BANTAM PRESS. 240 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, War, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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With only a few weeks left on his third tour of duty, he worked fast, asking favors from local Seabees (who built the rowdy pup a crate), NPR correspondent Anne Garrels (who provided babysitting) and the Iams pet food company (which helped arrange exit transport).

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What begins is Kopelman's five-month effort to get Lava out of Iraq.

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