Saturday, October 22, 2011


For our October book club Heather W chose Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand.  It's the story of Louis Zamperini how he went from a incorrigible delinquent as a boy to running in the Berlin Olympics as a teenager to fighting in WWII- crashing in the Pacific Ocean and surviving 47 days lost at sea only to become a prisoner of war.

This book is amazing!  I realized part way into it that Louie is only about two weeks older than my Grandma.  Which made it extra interesting for me.  It's crazy to think of all the things that both she and Louie have seen in their lifetimes.  And to think they will both be turning 95 this January - so inspiring!  In fact this whole book is inspiring - makes you put your own life in perspective.  Our book club all agreed that it was a really hard book to put down because it is so fascinating.  And Louie is so full of spirit and funny that you can't help but fall in love with him.  We also all agreed that pretty much once he's training for the Olympics is when this book gets hard to put down.  And despite all the terrible things that happen to him and others at the POW camps, the parts that we could not quit talking about was when he was with the sharks in the ocean!  Talk about nail biting moments!  I really can't say enough about this book.  You just need to request it from the library - or just buy it - and start reading now.

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