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Resources to encourage community discussion about what it means to come home from war, and what it is like to be a veteran.
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Selected Teen Reading on the Vietnam War

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The Car - Paulsen, Gary
Call Number: T/FIC PAULSEN, G.

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Summer's End - Couloumbis, Audrey


Selected Children's Reading on the Vietnam War


Fiction for Children

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A million shades of gray - Kadohata, Cynthia
Call Number: J/FIC KADOHATA, C

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Reckless - Choyce, Lesley
Call Number: J/FIC CHOYCE, L


Our Project


In collaboration with the Naval Postgraduate School; the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center; Chapter 46, Veterans For Peace; and the Monterey Peace and Justice Center, Monterey Public Library is pleased to present War Comes Home about what it means to come home from war, and  what it is like to be a veteran.  The whole community is reading What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes.  Between September and November we will offer book discussions, a lecture with a panel of experts, and a War Comes Home to Kids: Creativity Show. California Reads is a grant and resource program of Cal Humanities, conducted in partnership with the California Center for the Book. 

What It Is Like To Go To War Events

  • Saturday, Sep 27, 2014: War Comes Home: An Afternoon of Poetry & Prose
    Readings by Bill Michael, Jo Todd, Oscar Hernandez, and Victor Henry: Monterey Public Library, Community Room.
  • Friday, Oct 10, 2014: Author Program with Karl Marlantes
    The author program will be in the CSUMB Library Auditorium, Room 1188, starting promptly at 5:30 PM. The talk will be 45 minutes followed by a Q & A and then a book signing. Parking permits can be purchased in the lots and are required.
  • Monday, Oct 20, 2014: Teen Book Discussion
    Teen Librarian Eboni Harris will lead a discussion on What It Is Like To Go To War: Monterey Public Library, Community Room.
  • Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014: Adult Book Discussion
    Reference Librarian Victor Henry will lead a discussion on What It Is Like To Go War: Monterey Public Library, Community Room.
  • Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014: War Comes Home to Kids: Creativity Show
    Kids will create a piece of art or writing to express how they feel about the effects of war on them and their families. The Exhibition will be from November 5-29. Monterey Public Library.
  • Monday, Nov 10, 2014: Panel of Expert Speakers
    A panel of experts will discuss the effects of the war on returning veterans: Monterey Public Library, Community Room.

Continuing the Conversation

Not able to attend the book discussions on October 20th and 29th?  Want to start your own book discussion group on Karl Marlantes' book?  Are you a teacher who wishes to introduce a lesson plan in your classroom?  Contact us for multiple copies of What It Is Like To Go To War.  

Contact Victor Henry, Reference Librarian at 646.2091. Or e-mail him at 


Interview with Karl Marlantes


Adult Non-Fiction


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Packing Inferno - Boudreau, Tyler E.
Call Number: 956.7/BOUDREAU

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A Rumor of War - Caputo, Philip
Call Number: 959.70438/CAPUTO

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Fields of Combat - Finley, Erin P.
Call Number: 616.85212/FIN

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Once a Warrior Always a Warrior - Hoge, Charles W.
Call Number: 616.85212/HOG
ISBN: 9780762754427

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Achilles in Vietnam - Jonathan Shay
Call Number: 616.85212/SHA

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Howard Zinn on War - Zinn, Howard
Call Number: 172.42/ZIN

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Here Bullet - Turner, Brian
Call Number: 811.6/TUR

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Fort Ord
Call Number: 979.402/RAU

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