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The Difference Between Literal Truth And Story Truth


American novelist Tim O'Brien is best known for 'The Things They Carried, a critically acclaimed collection of semi-autobiographical, inter-related short-stories inspired by his experiences in the Vietnam War. His other works are:

If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home (1973)
    Northern Lights (1975)
    Where Have You Gone, Charming Billy? (1975)
    Going After Cacciato (1978)
    The Nuclear Age (1985)
    The Things They Carried (1990)
    In the Lake of the Woods (1994)
    Tomcat in Love (1998)
    July, July (2002)

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Tim O’Brien writes and lives in central Texas, where he raises his young sons and teaches full-time every other year at Texas State University–San Marcos. In alternate years, he teaches several workshops to MFA students in the creative writing program.

Chérie Newman is an arts and humanities producer and on-air host for Montana Public Radio, and a freelance writer. Her weekly literary program, The Write Question, is broadcast on several public radio stations, and available online at and
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