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One Book, One Community 2018

Connecting the community through a shared reading experience, One Book, One Community encourages Midlands’ area residents to read the same book at the same time. And, to share their passion for reading with their friends and neighbors.

A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling.  

American novelist, National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tim O'Brien, transports us to the heart of Vietnam in a series of linked short stories based on his own experiences during the war.

Hailed by The New York Times Book Review for capturing “the war's pulsating rhythms and nerve-racking dangers” O’Brien also “examines with sensitivity and insight the nature of courage and fear by questioning the role that imagination plays in helping to form our memories and our own versions of the truth.” 

Whether your interests lie in Vietnam or the craft of writing, we hope you’ll join us as we explore The Things They Carried during the 2018 One Book, One Community shared reading experience from November 1 – 30. 

"Not since Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five has the American soldier been portrayed with such poignance and sincerity." --Library Journal   

Get the Book, Share the Experience

  • Get a copy from Richland Library
  • Get a copy from Amazon (When you purchase through our Amazon link you help support Richland Library)
  • Find a library Event
  • Get Social on Facebook or Tag #OneBookOneCommunity on Twitter

Don't Miss:

Tim O'Brien via Chicago Public LibraryMeet the Author: Tim O'Brien
One Book, One Community will culminate in an engaging discussion and signing with American novelist, National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tim O'Brien. 

7 p.m., Friday, November 30
Richland Library Main, Columbia, SC 29201