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How to Tell a True War Story

“How to Tell a True War Story” by Tim O’Brien was first published by Esquire in 1987 and later as part of the 1990 collection The Things They Carried. The short story is itself a collection of war stories alternating with instructions on telling a story.

Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  •  PS3565.B75

Circulating Books – A Selected List

  • Heberle, Mark A. A Trauma Artist: Tim O’Brien and the Fiction of Vietnam. 2001.

                         Call Number: PS3565.B75 Z65 2001

  •  Herzog, Tobey C. Tim O’Brien. 1997.

                       Call Number: PS3565.B75 Z69 1997

  • O’Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried. 1990.

                    Call Number: PS3565.B75 T48 1998

  • Smith, Patrick A. Tim O’Brien: a Critical Companion. 2005.

                       Call Number: PS3565.B75 Z86 2005

  •  Vernon, Alex. Soldiers Once and Still. 2004.

                      Call Number: PS374.W35 V47 2004

LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms

  • O’Brien, Tim

Reference Materials

  • Contemporary Literary CriticismCall Number: REF PN771 .C59

o   Vol. 103, pg. 137, 139-40, 161, 166, 174

o   Vol. 211, pg. 189-90, 192-3, 227-28, 230, 234-35

  • Short Story Criticism –  Call Number: REF PN3321 .S5

o   Vol. 74, pg. 233, 238-39, 242, 250-51, 260, 279-82, 288, 292-93, 311-20, 322, 332-33, 335

  • Short Stories for StudentsCall Number: REF PN3330 .S386

o   Vol. 15, pg. 117-131

Research Databases

To access Valencia’s research databases, open your Atlas account, select ‘Search the Library’, then select ‘Databases A-Z’.

  • Academic Search Complete
  • Literature Resources from Gale
  • OmniFile Full Text Mega

This Research Guide is designed to help users find information on a particular topic within the Valencia College East Campus Library.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of resources and other resources may be available on this topic.  Please check LINCCWeb, Valencia East’s online catalog, to verify the availability of circulating books within the library.  Feel free to ask a librarian for help if you need further assistance.

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