Sacramento Public Library

One Book: "What It Is Like To Go To War"

Sacramento Public Library encourages the community to think about what it means to come home from war, for our veterans, as well as for the rest of us.
California has the largest veteran population of any state. Reaching out to our region’s veterans is a major goal for the Sacramento Public Library. In February, the Southgate Library opened a new Veteran’s Resource Station to connect veterans with services.
With this mission in mind, the Library is encouraging our community to read “What It Is Like To Go To War” by Karl Marlantes. This memoir of the of a decorated Vietnam veteran trying to come to terms with Post-Traumatic  Stress Disorder (PTSD) and combat experiences was named to Top 10 lists for 2011 by Amazon, Barnes & Noble and The New Yorker.


Oct. 26, Sunday, 2 p.m.
One Book – “What It Is Like To Go To War” Conversation with actor Duffy Hudson (Adult)
Central Library
828 I St.

Actor Duffy Hudson will offer dramatic readings from Karl Marlantes' book, “What It Is Like To Go To War,” followed by an audience conversation. Veterans and non-veterans are invited to share their thoughts and feelings about war and the war experience. Hudson has conducted several book discussions in libraries across the U. S. and is an experienced actor, having appeared on Broadway and on TV. “War Comes Home” is a program of Cal Humanities in partnership with the California Center for the Book.

Schedule of Books Clubs and Discussions

Libraries throughout our system will hold book clubs and discussions of this important book all through October and up to November 2. See a full schedule.

For younger readers, patrons may download a printable booklist of recommended titles for kids and teens related to our One Book selection.

Sacramento Public Library's 2014 One Book celebration is being held in cooperation with California Reads, a statewide multi-year project of Cal Humanities that brings Californians together to explore important topics through reading and discussion.

Author Karl Marlantes spoke at the Tsakopoulos  Library Galleria on Oct. 7, in conversation with Mary Menzel, director of the California Center for the Book.

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