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The Things They Carried, a semi-autobiographical collection of connected short stories first brought Tim O'Brien to the attention of critics. Another work inspired by his experiences serving in Vietnam, Going After Cacciato won the National Book Award. William Timothy O'Brien was born in 1946, grew up in small town Minnesota, and graduated from Macalester College in 1968 with a B.A. in political science. O'Brien was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1968 and sent to Vietnam, where he served from 1969 to 1970 and was sent home with a Purple Heart. Returning to the U.S., he attended graduate school at Harvard University and served an internship with the Washington Post. While at Harvard, his first book, the memoir If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home was published in 1973. O'Brien spent a year the Washington Post and then turned to writing full-time. His many honors include the Dayton Literary Peace Prize lifetime achievement award, a Guggenheim fellowship, and two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. He lives in central Texas.

Books by Tim O'Brien

The Things They Carried 0767902890 Book Cover

The Things They Carried

Tim O'Brien

$4.19 - $27.49

The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction: Fifty North American Stories Since 1970 0684857960 Book Cover

The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction: Fifty North American Stories Since 1970

Tim O'Brien

$3.99 - $19.64

If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home 0440343119 Book Cover

If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home

Tim O'Brien

$3.59 - $15.47

Going After Cacciato 0440129664 Book Cover

Going After Cacciato

Tim O'Brien

$3.89 - $15.47

In the Lake of the Woods 0395488893 Book Cover

In the Lake of the Woods

Tim O'Brien

$4.69 - $15.46

July, July 0007132441 Book Cover

July, July

Tim O'Brien

$4.59 - $15.75

Northern Lights 0767904419 Book Cover

Northern Lights

Tim O'Brien

$4.19 - $16.66

Dad's Maybe Book 0618039708 Book Cover

Dad's Maybe Book

Tim O'Brien

$4.19 - $24.40

Tomcat in Love 0767902025 Book Cover

Tomcat in Love

Tim O'Brien

$4.69 - $14.67

The Nuclear Age 039454286X Book Cover

The Nuclear Age

Tim O'Brien

$4.29 - $7.79

The Things They Carried (SparkNotes Literature Guide) 1586638270 Book Cover

The Things They Carried (SparkNotes Literature Guide)

Tim O'Brien

$5.49 - $5.79

On War: The Best Military Histories 0989792811 Book Cover

On War: The Best Military Histories

Tim O'Brien

Out of Stock

The Things They Carried / In the Lake of the Woods 0547577516 Book Cover

The Things They Carried / In the Lake of the Woods

Tim O'Brien

$6.79 - $22.88

Fallen Angels and Related Readings Literature Connections 0030565065 Book Cover

Fallen Angels and Related Readings Literature Connections

Tim O'Brien

$3.59 - $4.79

Amusement Parks of Pennsylvania 0811726711 Book Cover

Amusement Parks of Pennsylvania

Tim O'Brien

$5.59 - $6.39

The Essential Guide: To Six Flags Theme Parks 0848712471 Book Cover

The Essential Guide: To Six Flags Theme Parks

Tim O'Brien

$15.89

Dick Kinzel: Roller Coaster King of Cedar Point Amusement Point 0974332461 Book Cover

Dick Kinzel: Roller Coaster King of Cedar Point Amusement Point

Tim O'Brien

$21.49

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Baseball Oddities & Trivia - Ball Two!: A Journey Through the Weird, Wacky, and Absolutely True World of Baseball 1609911717 Book Cover

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Baseball Oddities & Trivia - Ball Two!: A Journey Through the Weird, Wacky, and Absolutely True World of Baseball

Tim O'Brien

$5.29 - $13.99

Breve Antologia Cuentos 2 9500707322 Book Cover

Breve Antologia Cuentos 2

Tim O'Brien

Out of Stock

Selected Shorts: Wartime Lives (Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story) 1934033049 Book Cover

Selected Shorts: Wartime Lives (Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story)

Tim O'Brien

Out of Stock

Inner Story: Understand Your Mind. Change Your World. 1518820476 Book Cover

Inner Story: Understand Your Mind. Change Your World.

Tim O'Brien

$19.40

The Things They Carried - Levels of Understanding 1620190249 Book Cover

The Things They Carried - Levels of Understanding

Tim O'Brien

Out of Stock

Introduction to Astrophysics & Cosmology 1119483611 Book Cover

Introduction to Astrophysics & Cosmology

Tim O'Brien

Releases 2/6/2023

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