Fall 2017 – The Things They Carried

Next meeting: Thursday, September 28th at 5:00 pm, Fireside Rooms near the University Grille on the first floor of the IU South Bend Administration Building.  Parking is free.

Our next book selection is The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. This awarding winning book is a collection of linked short stories about a platoon of American soldiers in the Vietnam War. It is the author’s  third book about the war, based upon his experiences as a soldier in the 23rd Infantry Division.  O’Brien’s book was  a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award. More recently, it 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.

It is also one of the 75 titles in the National Endowment for the Art’s Big Read program that is designed to broaden understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. We are so excited that  IU South Bend’s Prof. James VanderVeen, associate professor of Sociology and Anthropology, and Rhiannon Carlson, Veteran Counselor & Program Coordinator, along with community partners Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library and the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America, is a recipient of a grant of $11,300 to host the NEA Big Read in St. Joseph County. And our Veterans Book Club is one of the kick-off events.

Copies of the book are available from Vicki Bloom, Dean of Library Services (vdbloom@iusb.edu).  There are also books available to check out on the 5th floor of Schurz Library at: PS3565.B75 T48 2009.

Book club meetings are open to all!   You do not have to be a veteran to attend.

We will be holding our second book club meeting later this fall (date not yet set) and will be discussing Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker.

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