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A True War Story Makes the Stomach Believe

Washington, DC

Tim O'Brien. © Marion Ettlinger, courtesy of Houghton Mifflin

Last week, we talked about Ephrata?s Big Read selection and 1990 Pulitzer Prize Finalist, The Things They Carried by Tim O?Brien. This week, here's an excerpt of the book read by actor Bradley Whitford. This gripping passage opens our half-hour Big Read audio guide, which also features writers Alice McDermott and Richard Currey, poet E. Ethelbert Miller, and former Army Captain Craig Mullaney, among others. [1:01]

[audio:http://bigreadblog.arts.gov//audio/Obrien-Whitford.mp3]

[transcript]

Want to hear more? Check out the full Big Read audio guide for The Things They Carried.

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