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The Things They Carried

Washington, DC "And sometimes remembering will lead to a story, which makes it forever. That's what stories are for. Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can't remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are...
Washington, DC Tim O'Brien in Conversation with Tobias Wolff on "Writing and War" from Stanford Humanities on Vimeo . Back in February, Big Read authors and Vietnam veterans Tim O?Brien and Tobias Wolff sat down for a conversation titled ?Writing and War? at Stanford University. O?Brien of course...
Washington, DC " No Substitute " by accent on eclectic via flickr Every once in a while, you?ll read a sentence in a book that is so beautifully written, or so forceful in the truth it speaks, that you can?t help but stop and marvel at the power of language. Those are the lines that you underline...
White River Junction, Vermont Cartoonist Pat Barrett at Northern Stage's Big Read kick-off event. Photo by Kyle Silliman-Smith With one of the highest National Guard participation rates of any state in the country, Vermont is in a unique position to appreciate Tim O?Brien?s The Things They Carried...
Cheney, WA Spokane County residents of all ages attended the opening of the Telling the American Story art exhibit, part of Get Lit! Programs? Big Read. Photo courtesy of Get Lit! Programs In 1998, Eastern Washington University Press and the school?s creative writing department joined together to...
Washington, DC A Marine at Vietnam Memorial on 4th July 2002. Photo courtesy of Meutia Chaerani and Indradi Soemardjan In honor of Veteran?s Day tomorrow, we?re going to hear an excerpt from Tim O?Brien?s heart-wrenching novel, The Things They Carried . In the title story, we learn precisely what...
Washington, DC "Recording Memories" by Erik Walker via Flickr This week we're beginning with endings! Can you guess which Big Read novels gave us these five last lines? 1. "I'm skimming across the surface of my own history, moving fast, riding the melt beneath the blades, doing loops and spins, and...
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...
Ephrata, Pennsylvania Tom Ridge and Penny Talbert at Ephrata Public Library's Big Read Launch 2010. Photo courtesy of Ephrata Public Library From screenings of Vietnam War films and documentaries to an oral history project featuring Vietnam veterans, conscientious objectors, and girlfriends and...
Washington, DC Louisville Free Public Library Foundation's Their Eyes Were Watching God kickoff. (Photo courtesy Louisville Free Public Library Foundation) Hi there--we've missed you! But don't worry, we've spent the summer plotting and planning interesting things to bring to you by way of The Big...

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