I just learned that the Marquette County One Book, One Community program in Michigan has chosen The Things They Carried as their 2009 read.
Though critics can’t agree whether to call this fine book a novel or a series of linked stories, their acclaim is universal. O’Brien mined his experiences as a foot soldier in Vietnam to write this powerful American classic that unflinchingly examines the myriad effects of war on man. The fighting, the waiting, the monotony, and, finally, the aftermath are all brutally scrutinized in heartbreakingly beautiful prose that captivates and educates readers of all ages. – from the “One Book Marquette” website
Northern Michigan University has also made this book required reading for their entire Freshman class.
Personally, I’m fascinated by the concept of One Book. Does your community have a program? If so, what have you read in the past? This inquiring mind wants to know!
For information and suggestions regarding your One Book program, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, watch for an updated catalog in the coming months, choc full of great new recommendations!
Our library system (Jefferson County, Alabama) participated in the NEA’s Big Read program last year with Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” and next year we are participating in another NEA Big Read statewide with “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”
My library has not done a One Book program but it’s actually something I hope to launch in the upcoming school year. Loved the O’Brien book; what a wonderful choice.