Tim O'Brien

  • Telling Tails

    Telling Tails

    The problem with unsuccessful stories is usually simple: they are boring, a consequence of the failure of imagination. To vividly imagine and to vividly render extraordinary human events, or sequences of events, is the hard-lifting, heavy-duty, day-by-day, unending labor of a fiction writer.

  • The People We Marry

    Magic was his life. His marriage was a trick he did not want to explain 

  • The Nuclear Age

    "Nobody wanted to pray, but each of us blessed the bomb without guilt, and Sarah chanted, 'Fission, fusion, critical mass'"

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Confessions of Moms Around the World

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How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming

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