Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: David Finkel’s new book; Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society Christmas fundraiser

Last modified: Thursday, January 02, 2014

What’s it like to come home from war as a broken person? David Finkel set out to answer that question by spending countless hours with some of the soldiers he’d come to know in Iraq. His recently released book, “Thank You For Your Service,” reveals the people behind the label of post-traumatic stress disorder who continue to struggle long after they’ve been glibly thanked for serving in war. This is journalism at its best.


Plenty of four-legged creatures could use our help this time of year. The annual Christmas event to support the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society takes place Dec. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Studio Helix in Thornes Marketplace, Northampton. There will be food, music and vendors with their wares — and 10 percent of all sales will go to Dakin.