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6th Annual Virginia Read to feature ‘The Things They Carried’

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien has been selected as the 2015 Virginia Yerxa Community Read.

Now in its sixth year, the VYCR, or “Virginia Read,” is a book-in-common project for Colusa County that draws members of the community around the same literary work.

The selected title becomes a common thread connecting the people who choose to read it. Book discussions and events for the spring are in the planning stages, leading up to the annual Virginia Read Day, scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2015.

First published in 1990, O’Brien’s collection of Vietnam War short stories has become a modern classic.

Central to the book is O’Brien’s unique style, which blurs the lines between fact and fiction.

O’Brien challenges readers to ponder larger philosophical questions about truth and memory, and brings the reader closer to the emotional core of the soldier’s experience.

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.

Anyone who would like to get involved in this year’s “Virginia Read” simply needs to pick up a copy and start reading.

Many sources are available for the book, including our school and county libraries. New copies may be purchased at Davison Drug and Stationery; check for used copies at The Bookworm.
More information about upcoming events and resources for the 2015 “Virginia Read” can be found on the website: www.virginiaread.net. Readers are also encouraged to connect with others on the VYCR Facebook page.

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