Norm DeLap, author of “But I Can's Shoot Straight, Really!,” will be at Tatnuck Bookseller, 18 Lyman St., Westborough, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
“But I Can’t Shoot Straight, Really!” describes the author's troubles as he grows from a young boy to an adult. Foremost in this process is his experience in the U.S. Army in the early 60s. His memories are described in an honest manner that depicts the confusion of many of the young soldiers who served in Vietnam.
The young man finds he is ill prepared to deal with the trauma of fighting in a foreign land for unclear objectives. His personal successes and failures are intermingled with his training and experiences with the people of Vietnam.
Norman DeLap was born and raised in New York State, the youngest of four children. He grew up on a farm with an extended family and never outgrew his small town values. He was a state employee until his retirement when he and his wife followed their daughters to Massachusetts. His interest in writing about his experiences in Vietnam was piqued by the realization of how little younger generations know about the conflict. He presently spends his time enjoying his grandchildren and several adopted pets.