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Historical Fiction - North America: Vietnam (1959 - 1975)
The year is 1968. Sixteen-year-old Jon Mosher and his friends, Ray Cappicciano and Karen Dorsey, form a tight friendship in which they find in each other everything they lack at home, and plot to leave their dead-end town with tragic consequences.
I Pledge Allegiance by Chris Lynch
Call Number: FIC LYN
Publication Date: 2011-11-01
Best friends Morris, Rudi, Ivan, and Beck, having been either drafted or enlisted in the military during the Vietnam War, pledge they will come home together, and Morris, a sailor on the USS "Boston," relies on that promise to stay strong while his courage and resolve are tested under attack.
Motorcycle Ride on the Sea of Tranquillity by Patricia Santana
Call Number: FIC SAN
Publication Date: 2002-03-01
Yolanda Sahagun can hardly wait for her brother, Chuy, to return from Vietnam, but as soon as he arrives, the entire family realizes how much the war has changed him, and they must all readjust to his new attitude.
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
Call Number: SC OBR
Publication Date: 1990-03-01
Related short stories with recurring characters and an interwoven plot and theme as told by a foot soldier recreating his Vietnam War experience.
Patches of Fire by Albert L. French
Call Number: FIC FRE
Publication Date: 1998-08-17
Provides an exploration into the mind and soul of an African-American soldier, looking at his experiences in Vietnam surrounded by death and violence, and of his efforts to find a place in white society upon his return.
Come in from the Cold by Marsha Qualey
Call Number: FIC QUA
Publication Date: 1994-10-24
In 1969, the Vietnam War protest movement brings together two Minnesota teenagers.
The Healer's War by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Call Number: FIC SCA
Publication Date: 2010-05-01
Explores the life of a military nurse in Vietnam who is given an amulet with strange powers.
Summer Of '69 by Todd Strasser
Call Number: FIC STR
Drawing from his teenage years, Todd Strasser's novel revisits a tumultuous era and takes readers on a psychedelically tinged trip of a lifetime. With his girlfriend, Robin, away in Canada, eighteen-year-old Lucas Baker's only plans for the summer are to mellow out with his friends, smoke weed, drop a tab or two, and head out in his microbus for a three-day happening called the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. But life veers dramatically off track when he suddenly finds himself in danger of being drafted and sent to fight in Vietnam. If that isn't heavy enough, there's also the free-loving (and undeniably alluring) Tinsley, who seems determined to test Lucas's resolve to stay faithful to Robin; a frighteningly bad trip at a Led Zeppelin concert; a run-in with an angry motorcycle gang; parents who appear headed for a divorce; and a friend on the front lines in 'Nam who's in mortal danger of not making it back. As the pressures grow, it's not long before Lucas finds himself knocked so far down, it's starting to look like up to him. When tuning in, turning on, and dropping out is no longer enough, what else is there?
Sonny's War by Valerie Hobbs
Call Number: FIC HOB
Publication Date: 2006-03-21
In the late 1960s, fourteen-year-old Cori's life is greatly changed by the sudden death of her father and her brother's tour of duty in Vietnam.
In Country RI by Bobbie Ann Mason
Call Number: FIC MAS
Publication Date: 1986-10-22
Sam Hughes lives in Hopewell, Kentucky with her Uncle Emmett who is a Vietnam veteran. Sam's father was killed in Vietnam and, in an effort to understand about him and the war, she embarks on a pilgrimage with Emmett and her grandmother to the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, the "Wall", in Washington.
Amaryllis by Craig Crist-Evans
Call Number: FIC CRI
Publication Date: 2003-09-15
Jimmy and his older brother Frank share a love of surfing and their problems with a drunken father, until Frank turns eighteen and goes to Vietnam.
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
Call Number: FIC MYE
Publication Date: 2008-05-01
Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam.
Going after Cacciato by Tim O'Brien
Call Number: FIC O'BR
Publication Date: 1999-09-01
An American soldier in Vietnam decides to leave the war and simply walks out of the jungle, with the intent of going to Paris.
The Memorial by James Amos
Call Number: FIC AMO
Publication Date: 1990-10-01
The Vietnam Memorial becomes a mirror reflecting the unacknowledged past for Jack Adams.
Battle Fatigue by Mark Kurlansky
Call Number: FIC KUR
Publication Date: 2011-10-25
Joel Bloom chronicles his life experiences during the 1960's which eventually lead him to oppose the war in Vietnam and to flee to Canada rather than be forced to kill Vietnamese.
The Purple Heart by Marc Talbert
Call Number: FIC TAL
Publication Date: 2000-08-18
When his wounded father is sent home early from Vietnam, Luke finds it difficult to adjust to the troubled, emotionally shaken man who seems so unlike the fearless hero of his dreams.
Sharpshooter by Chris Lynch
Call Number: FIC LYN
Publication Date: 2012-04-01
Ivan fearlessly enlists in the United States Army in hopes of becoming a war hero like his father, but after being trained as a sniper and getting sent into the jungle of Vietnam, Ivan begins to question the war.
The Road Home by Ellen E. White
Call Number: FIC WHI
Publication Date: 1997-11-01
Rebecca, a young nurse stationed in Vietnam during the war, must come to grips with her wartime experiences once she returns home to the United States.
Song of the Buffalo Boy by Sherry Garland
Call Number: FIC GAR
Publication Date: 1994-04-29
Shunned and mistreated because of her mixed heritage and determined to avoid an arranged marriage, seventeen-year-old Loi runs away to Ho Chi Minh City with the hope that she and the boy she loves will be able to go to the United States to find her American father.
Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King
Call Number: FIC KIN
Publication Date: 2000-08-01
Presents five interconnected, sequential narratives that follow the experiences of Bobby Garfield, set in the years from 1960 to 1999, and haunted by the Vietnam War.