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Big Read Logo Welcome to the Greater Grand Forks Big Read, discussing Tim O'Brien's novel, The Things They Carried in the Fall of 2010


The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture.  The NEA presents the Big Read in partnership with the Institute for Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest.

20th Anniversary of the Book


Most Popular Books By Tim O'Brien

According the Worldcat, a worldwide collection of library catalogs:

The things they carried : a work of fiction by Tim O'Brien( Book )
59 editions published between 1989 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 4,199 libraries worldwide
Heroic young men carry the emotional weight of their lives to war in Vietnam in a patchwork account of a modern journey into the heart of darkness.
In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O'Brien( Book )
29 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in 9 languages and held by 2,804 libraries worldwide
John Wade, a senatorial candidate, is accused of participating in a massacre during the Vietnam War. Hounded by the press, he flees with his wife to a cottage and his wife disappears. Did she desert him, or did he kill her? By the author of Going After Cacciato.
Going after Cacciato : a novel by Tim O'Brien( Book )
27 editions published between 1978 and 2001 in 5 languages and held by 2,228 libraries worldwide
In a blend of reality and fantasy, this novel tells the story of a young soldier who one day lays down his rifle and sets off on a quixotic journey from the jungles of Indochina to the streets of Paris. In its memorable evocation of men both fleeing from and meeting the demands of battle, Going After Cacciato stands as much more than just a great war novel. Ultimately it's about the forces of fear and heroism that do battle in the hearts of us all.
July, July by Tim O'Brien( Book )
15 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in 5 languages and held by 1,952 libraries worldwide
Old friends share memories of the past, current regrets, and future plans as they gather on a July weekend for the thirtieth reunion of Darton Hall College's class of 1969.
Tomcat in love by Tim O'Brien( Book )
17 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in 4 languages and held by 1,732 libraries worldwide
Even as he plots revenge on his wife for abandoning him for another man Thomas Chippering, a professor of linguistics cannot free himself of his obsession with women. He makes a pass at a student who blackmails him into giving her good marks. A look at a womanizer.
If I die in a combat zone, box me up and ship me home by Tim O'Brien( Book )
17 editions published between 1973 and 2008 in English and held by 1,399 libraries worldwide
O'Brien's searing memoir of his years as a soldier in Vietnam takes readers with him through the ghostly ambiguities of manhood and morality in a war gone terribly wrong.
The nuclear age by Tim O'Brien( Book )
14 editions published between 1985 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 1,153 libraries worldwide
At the age of forty-nine, William Cowling decides to dig a gigantic hole in his backyard in order to protect himself and his family from "the very real threat of nuclear annihilation that everyone evades and denies."--Cover.
Northern lights by Tim O'Brien( Book )
9 editions published between 1975 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 926 libraries worldwide
n O'Brien's dynamic first novel, a Vietnam vet and his brother vie for the same gal, a native of their dwindling Minnesota hometown. Culminating in a disastrous road trip which ends with the men skiing home through the wilderness, "Northern Lights" spawned themes that would become the author's hallmarks for future works.
The Pen/O. Henry Prize stories. 2009( Book )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 436 libraries worldwide
Featuring stories selected from thousands published in literary magazines, "The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2009" is studded with great writers such as Junot Diaz, Nadine Gordimer, Ha Jin, and Paul Theroux, as well as new voices.

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