| By Mary Smith, Editorial Director, Thorndike Press |
Thorndike Press is happy to announce The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien will be available in large print, October 10, 2017. This book was named one of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read books.
This would be a great community read title as it appeals to a very large segment; community reads always add excitement and energy to any library program. Many high schools use this title in their curriculum and for those of us over 50, the Vietnam War was a defining moment in our life.
The Libraries of Greater Kansas City have chosen this book as their community read. Kaite Stover, director of readers’ services at Kansas City Public Library, explains some of the reasons it was chosen:
This modern classic, now over 25 years old about a military conflict, still resonates today with readers for the piercingly honest depiction of the Vietnam wartime experiences of the young men who would be soldiers.
In a remarkable collaboration, the Kansas City area’s six public libraries are presenting The Things They Carried. The Libraries of Greater Kansas City are partnering with KCPT-Kansas City PBS in the endeavor as the author, Tim O’Brien, is one of the featured consultants in the new Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary series, The Vietnam War.
Any reader who is a veteran, knows a veteran, loves a veteran, or remembers a veteran, of any war, will find connection with this seminal work.
It will also be a wonderful title to offer patrons who come in looking for books after watching The Vietnam War on PBS. The NEA provides wonderful resources for The Things They Carried that you can use in book groups or other programming.
Part memoir, part fiction, it is a compassionate tale of the American soldier, brimming with raw honesty and thoughtful reflection. It was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. More recently, the book was included among Amazon.com’s “List of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime” and was credited as the inspiration for a National Veterans Art Museum exhibit of the same name in Chicago.
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