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Shade it Black
Death and After in Iraq


“In this absorbing memoir, Iraq veteran Goodell recounts her service, the brutal, sexist culture of the Marine Corps, and her struggle to adapt to the world upon her return from Iraq… Her memoir is a courageous settling of accounts, and a very good read.”

Publishers Weekly

“HIGHLY, highly, highly recommend this book. It's a quick read, it's beautifully written, it's emotionally and spiritually and philosophically compelling, it's difficult and uncomfortable and vivid. Should generate great conversations.”

—From Champagne Rising

“…Goodell’s verbal images are visceral, as keen as you will find in contemporary combat nonfiction.”

—J. Ford Huffman, Military Times

Shade it Black is a searingly honest account of what it’s like to be a female Marine at war working the grim job of collecting the remains of the dead. Jess Goodell, the Marine, and John Hearn, her co-writer, have written this book with beauty, strength and courage. It reveals the deep injustices men commit toward women, yet also the compassion of the human heart. Above all, the book makes us face the truth of how war destroys us, inside and out.”

—Helen Benedict, author of the war novel Sand Queen, and The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq