Big Read

NKCPL is thrilled to participate in this year's NEA Big Read, along with Kansas City's five other public libraries: Mid-Continent Public Library, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City Kansans Public Library, Johnson County Public Library and Olathe Public Library. This year's area-wide initiative--revolving around a community-wide reading and discussion of Tim O'Brien's seminal book about the Vietnam War, The Things They Carried--features speaking presentations, film screenings, youth activities and group discussions.

About The 2017 NEA Big Read
Showcasing a diverse range of contemporary titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery. Learn more at NEABIGREAD.ORG. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, with additional program funding provided through a partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council.

About The Things They Carried
Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried is considered one of the finest books about the Vietnam War. Far from a combat story of pride and glory, it is a compassionate tale of the American soldier, brimming with raw honesty and thoughtful reflection. The book's narrator follows a platoon of infantrymen through the jungles of Vietnam. We see them trudge through the muck of a constant downpour, get hit by sniper fire, pull body parts out of a tree, laugh while they tell their stories to one another, and fall silent when faced with making sense of it all--both in the moment and twenty years later. The Things They Carried is not just a tale of war, and the book's themes are no less relevant today than they were decades ago. This award-winning work is a brutal, sometimes funny, often profound narrative about the human heart--how it fares under pressure and what it can endure.

Is NKCPL offering copies of the book?
We do have a limited number of complimentary copies available for giveaway. Use the form to the right to inquire about snagging one. We also carry a digital version of this title via OverDrive.

Where can I learn more?
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