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Vietnam War

Tim O’Brien. © Marion Ettlinger, courtesy of Houghton Mifflin In honor of Memorial Day, we're focusing today's post on Big Read author Tim O’Brien, a veteran of the Vietnam War. His experience as a solider is a subject he has returned to again and again in his writing, and his novel about the...
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 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...
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...