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The Things They Carried

By Tim O'Brien

This book reads like a blend of novel, memoir and short story collection. Each chapter stands alone and features a different soldier in an Army platoon in Vietnam. As the wife of a Vietnam veteran, I look for books that will help me understand my husband’s experience in that controversial war. He doesn’t have words to describe it, so I am grateful for writers like Tim O’Brien and Karl Marlantes (author of Matterhorn), both veterans and gifted writers who interpret it for me.

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