Visiting Author Tim O’Brien

This post is part of our Guest Picks series, featuring members of our library community sharing their favorite books and movies.

Tim O'Brien is the author of our NEA Big Read selection, The Things They Carried - a collection of linked semi-autobiographical stories inspired by his experiences in the Vietnam War. He will be joining us for an afternoon discussion at the University of Mary Washington's Dodd Auditorium on Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 3:00 to 5:00.

"I have been reading nonstop for more than sixty-five years, and it's a challenge to select only a handful of books and stories as my favorites.  However, after much coin-flipping, I happily suggest the following titles, each of which I've returned to again and again."

"A reminder of Hemingway's lasting influence on American literature of the 20th century."


"A collection of brilliant and powerful stories."


"A very great short story. Scary, passionate, and bristling with love and hatred."


"A spellbinding and magical novel by a master storyteller."


"In my opinion, one of the greatest novels ever written."


"A classic work of fiction about the enduring consequences of war on the human psyche."


"I've read it four times in translation, once in French, and I will no doubt read it once or twice more."

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