We are excited to announce the title of the book for the inaugural One Book, One Wallingford is “The Reason You’re Alive” by Matthew Quick.

Reason You're Alive book cover68-year old Vietnam vet David Granger is a right-wing, steak-loving heavy smoker with a home arsenal of guns, a liberal son and an adored seven-year-old granddaughter. He dresses in camouflage, is loudly and repeatedly profane and goes on rants about the government. But when his surgery for a recently-diagnosed brain tumor triggers memories of his poor treatment of a fellow soldier during the war, Granger is determined to right this wrong. New York Times bestselling author Matthew Quick’s timely new novel is a compassionate story of a complex man trying to find his way in a divided America.

Stop by the library to borrow or purchase a copy of the book, and get your free ticket to Matthew Quick’s talk and book signing on Wednesday, April 4th at 7:00 p.m. at the Paul Mellon Arts Center at Choate Rosemary Hall.

We have also planned several programs related to the themes of the book…

 

PTSD in Veterans: History, Symptoms, Recovery
Tuesday, February 13th
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Andrew Mellon Library at Choate Rosemary Hall

Presenters Marianne Silva and Jason DeViva will discuss the experiences of members of the military that contribute to the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with examples taken from literature throughout history. The presenters will describe the signs and symptoms of PTSD, including the different types of traumatic events that can lead to PTSD. Paths to recovery will be described, with an emphasis on evidence-based treatments.

Marianne Silva, LCSW works in the residential treatment program at the West Haven VA Medical Center. Jason C. DeViva, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist working in the PTSD treatment program at the West Haven VA Medical Center and is an assistant professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine.

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Political Aspects of the Vietnam War
Wednesday, February 21st
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Community Room
No registration required

Dr. Joshua Sandman, professor of political science at the University of New Haven, will discuss the political aspects of the Vietnam War — why President Dwight Eisenhower was reluctant to get involved; why the Democrats, including President John F. Kennedy, got more heavily involved; and how we extricated ourselves from the war.

 

Panel Discussion & Q&A with Vietnam Veterans
Tuesday, February 27th
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Community Room
No registration required

Five Vietnam Veterans will discuss their combat experiences followed by Q&A and refreshments. Jerry Augustine served in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967, mostly with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. Harvey Goldstein served in the U.S. Air Force from 1968-1972 and was stationed in Vietnam in 1970-71 as a North Vietnamese Voice Intercept Operator, flying reconnaissance missions over the Mekong Delta. Raymond Rys, Sr. served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, two Air Medals, two Bronze Stars, and two Presidential Unit Citations. Larry Tirreno served a tour of duty with “Bandido Charlie Company.” Arthur Wiknik, Jr., served in the U.S. Army as an infantry squad leader and sergeant, and is the author of Nam-Sense: Surviving Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division.

 

The Military History of the Vietnam War
Thursday, March 1st
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Community Room
No registration required

Professor Ben Kiernan, PhD, the A. Whitney Griswold Professor of History, Professor of International and Area Studies at Yale University, and author of “Viêt Nam: A History from Earliest Times to the Present” (Oxford University Press, 2017) will discuss the military history of the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War from 1954 to 1975 was in fact three wars: the guerrilla war in the lowland villages of the Mekong delta and coastal plain of South Vietnam, a largely conventional war in the hills and forests of the Central Highlands, and an air war fought mostly over North Vietnam and Laos. The combination of all three theaters turned a civil war in the South into a major international conflagration.

 

Book Discussion
Monday, March 12th
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Wallingford Senior Center, 238 Washington Street
OR
Tuesday, March 27th
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Collins Room
No registration required

Join Librarian Cindy Haiken for a lively and informative discussion of “The Reason You’re Alive” by Matthew Quick.

 

Faith and Spirituality in The Reason You’re Alive
Monday, March 19th
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Wallingford Senior Center, 238 Washington Street
OR
Monday, March 19th
7:00-8:00 p.m.
The Eatery, 65 South Colony Road
No registration required

Mike Brunjes will lead a discussion on the intersection of faith and spirituality and the themes in The Reason You’re Alive. Can faith show us a way forward? Is it a cause or a remedy to the issues presented in the book? Mike earned his Master of Divinity Degree from Knox Theological Seminary and lives in Wallingford, where he is working to plant a new Presbyterian church.

 

Matthew QuickAuthor Event: Matthew Quick
Wednesday, April 4th
7:00 p.m.
Paul Mellon Arts Center at Choate Rosemary Hall

Matthew Quick, author of “The Reason You’re Alive,” will discuss his bestselling novel and sign copies of the book. Free tickets are available at the Library.