Hopkinsville Big Read

In Country

FREE EVENT | Rated R

Norman Jewison directed this subdued character study of the effect of the Vietnam War on a small-town Kentucky family — based on the novel by Bobbi Ann Mason. The film centers upon 17-year-old Samantha (Emily Lloyd) who lives in Hopewell, Kentucky with her Uncle Emmett (Bruce Willis), a quiet, laid-back veteran of Vietnam suffering from post-traumatic stress. Samantha’s father was killed in Vietnam when he was 19-years-old (almost her age now), and her mother Irene (Joan Allen) has remarried. Samantha finds some old photographs of her father, and she becomes obsessed with finding out more about him. Irene, who has moved to Lexington with her second husband, wants Samantha to move in with them and go to college. But Samantha would rather stay with Uncle Emmett and try to find out more about her father. Her mother is no help, as she tells Samantha, “Honey, I married him four weeks before he left for the war. He was 19. I hardly even remember him.” Finally Samantha, Emmett and her grandmother (Peggy Rea) go to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. Finding her father’s name in the memorial releases cathartic emotions in Samantha and her family.

What’s Happening at Home While There is a War in Vietnam?

Book Discussion Lead by Wayne Goolsby

What was happening at home while there were those fighting a war they didn’t understand? LBJ’s decisions, and those of the
men around him, affected the theme, as well as content of the
book although we may not have noticed it at the time.
The power of hindsight is an underlying thread in the book.
Look at the role of LBJ in this eventful period in our history.

Photo Exhibit Reception: The Things They Carried

FREE EVENT

Photographers were invited to enter up to 5 photographs that help depict the things veterans might have carried during the Vietnam War and to help illustrate the theme of the short stories written by Tim O’Brien. Selected entries will be on display at an exhibit at 3 locations in Hopkinsville during the month of February.

In Country

FREE EVENT | Rated R

Norman Jewison directed this subdued character study of the effect of the Vietnam War on a small-town Kentucky family — based on the novel by Bobbi Ann Mason. The film centers upon 17-year-old Samantha (Emily Lloyd) who lives in Hopewell, Kentucky with her Uncle Emmett (Bruce Willis), a quiet, laid-back veteran of Vietnam suffering from post-traumatic stress. Samantha’s father was killed in Vietnam when he was 19-years-old (almost her age now), and her mother Irene (Joan Allen) has remarried. Samantha finds some old photographs of her father, and she becomes obsessed with finding out more about him. Irene, who has moved to Lexington with her second husband, wants Samantha to move in with them and go to college. But Samantha would rather stay with Uncle Emmett and try to find out more about her father. Her mother is no help, as she tells Samantha, “Honey, I married him four weeks before he left for the war. He was 19. I hardly even remember him.” Finally Samantha, Emmett and her grandmother (Peggy Rea) go to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. Finding her father’s name in the memorial releases cathartic emotions in Samantha and her family.