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March was named for Mars, the Roman god of war. According to the Reader's Guide for Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms -- one of three Big Read titles that addresses war-- the novel "became Hemingway's first bestseller, selling 100,000 copies in twelve months. It was adapted for the stage a year later and has been made into a film twice." Learn more about Hemingway and his novel from the Reader's Guide. And coming to the Web site this fall, more on Thornton Wilder's The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, the other two Big Read books that take wartime as their setting.