Read The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien together with your community. Get a copy from your local public library March 5 – April 17.
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.
Borrow a copy from your local library, download a digital copy, purchase a copy and have it signed at Tim O’Brien’s visit, or attend the Hometown Heroes Community Event where complimentary copies of The Things They Carried – which has a mature theme best suited for older teens and adults – will be available as supplies last.Get a Library Copy Get a Digital Copy
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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