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Read 2 Succeed: Karl Marlantes

Information on current and Past Read 2 Succeed Events.

Read 2 Succeed

Read 2 Succeed @ Norco College is a college wide reading program sponsored by the Wilfred J. Airey Library in partnership with various other campus constituency groups and programs. Each fall and spring semester, a book is selected to be the focus of a college wide read including our students, staff, faculty and local community members. Events surrounding each book include: a book discussion, a student panel discussion, and a speaking engagement and book signing by the author of the book. Additionally, refreshments and book-related prize giveaways are offered at each event.

Featured Book


Our Read 2 Succeed college wide read book selection for fall 2014 is What It's Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes.

The son of a World War II veteran, Karl Marlantes grew up in a small logging town in Oregon. In 1964, at age 19, he completed a Marine training program and was subsequently placed in the Marine Corps Reserve. He attended Yale, was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in his senior year of college, and went to Oxford University to continue his of Karl Marlantes

In the late 1990s, Marlantes asked the Veterans Administration for help with symptoms caused by post-traumatic stress disorder. He entered counseling, and a decade later finished Matterhorn, the novel he’d been working on since returning from Vietnam. The book draws from his own war experiences, and he credits the process of writing it with helping him come to terms with what he saw.