Hiram College

The Big Read presents a book discussion, led by Jeffrey Swenson, assistant professor of English and director of Writing Across the Curriculum, on October 19, at 7 p.m. at the Garfield Meeting House. Tim O’Brien, a writer and a Vietnam War veteran, gives his personal war experiences in the novel by telling short stories in order to find their meanings. Short stories with themes of war attraction, loss of innocence and the relationship between fact and fiction allow “The Things They Carried” to be a powerful insight into the experiences of soldiers in Vietnam.