The Big Read 2017
THE THINGS THEY CARRIED
Join us in reading Tim O’Brien’s novel The Things They Carried.
Kickoff date is Thursday, January 12, 2017, and we’ll wrap up with a finale on Sunday, February 12.
The Vietnam War still has the power to divide Americans between those for it and those against. Today it also divides us, just as surely, between those who remember its era firsthand and those not yet born when the troops came home. There may be no better bridge across these twin divides than Tim O’Brien’s novel in stories The Things They Carried. The details of warfare may have changed since Vietnam, but O’Brien’s semi-autobiographical account of a young platoon on a battlefield without a front, dodging sniper fire and their own misgivings, continues to win legions of dedicated readers, both in uniform and out.
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest