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The Things They Carried

March 22, 2010 Washington, DC Tim O?Brien read to a capacity crowd in the NEA Poetry and Prose Pavilion at the 2009 National Book Festival in Washington, DC. Photo by Tom Roster If you're following any of the literati or readerati on Twitter, you've probably noticed that today is the 20th...
Washington, DC #6 by Jorge Miente via Flickr ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/jorgemiente/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 ) Three of the novels in The Big Read library are composed of interlinked stories: Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club , Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine , and Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried ...
October 1 , 2009 Washington, DC Tim O'Brien read from his memoir-in-progress (on fatherhood) to a capacity crowd in the NEA Poetry and Prose Pavilion at the 2009 National Book Festival in Washington, DC. Photo by Tom Roster HAPPY BIRTHDAY TIM O'BRIEN! O'Brien's The Things They Carried is certainly...
August 17 , 2009 Washington, DC Photo by Oskay from Flickr A couple of weeks ago, I posed this question to folks around the office: What would you carry as you headed---literally or metaphorically---into battle? Here's a response sent into the blog by Susan Gregory of Pioneer Library System in...
August 7 , 2009 Washington, DC A look at what's in my bag today. Here's the final installment in our series of responses to the prompt: " Marching into battle?literally or metaphorically?what things might you carry? It's your choice to tell or not to tell why you select what you do." I'll lead off...
July 27, 2009 Washington, DC ( Photo by spinnerin from Flickr Creative Commons ) Here's more in our continuing series of responses to the prompt: " Marching into battle?literally or metaphorically?what things might you carry? It's your choice to tell or not to tell why you select what you do."...
July 24, 2009 Washington, DC (Photo by e_walk from Flickr Creative Commons) Here's more in our continuing series of responses to the prompt: " Marching into battle?literally or metaphorically?what things might you carry? It's your choice to tell or not to tell why you select what you do." Today we'...
July 23, 2009 Washington, DC The title of Tim O'Brien's novel The Things They Carried comes from the book's opening section in which we are introduced to First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Dave Jensen, Ted Lavender, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Rat Kiley, Kiowa, and the narrator Tim...

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