What is the NEA Big Read?
The NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery through a shared experience in which the community reads the same book at the same time.
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Online Book Discussion
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In partnership with the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts has created an exhibition of photographs by veterans to showcase their unique perspective on returning to civilian life after many years in the Armed Forces. For some of these veterans, this photographic project and exhibit will serve as a healing process in part for severe PTSD and combat-related injuries.View the exhibit online
About the Book
The Things They Carried (1990) is considered one of the finest books about the Vietnam War. Far from a combat story of pride and glory, it is a compassionate tale of the American soldier, brimming with raw honesty and thoughtful reflection. This award-winning work is a brutal, sometimes funny, often profound narrative about the human heart—how it fares under pressure and what it can endure.
The Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education features a timeline of the Vietnam War and a great interview with author Tim O’Brien. Use it to enhance your reading and discussion.Read the guide
The Things They Carried has a mature theme best suited for older teens and adults.