Fobbit (Grove/Atlantic, $15.00) is David Abrams’ dark, sarcastic debut novel of the Iraq war. A Fobbit is Army vernacular for shirkers who stay in the relative safety of Forward Operating Bases at all costs. Set in Base Triumph, a Staff Sergeant works for the army public affairs office and spends his days tapping out press releases to try to turn the latest roadside bombing or army blunder into something that the American public can read about while eating their breakfast cereal. “. . .as funny, disturbing, heartbreaking and ridiculous as war itself."—The New York Times Book Review. Abrams retired in 2008 after a 20-year career in the active-duty Army as a journalist.