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ICPL Best of 2012-Biography

by Kara on December 20th, 2012
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Kick back, relax, maybe move a bit closer the the fireplace.  What could be better during an Iowa snowstorm but some great biographies recommended by Iowa City Public Library staff? You’ll be so engrossed in these books you’ll forget about the snow!

2012 was a great book year. Yesterday we released our “Best of 2012-Nonfiction” list. Keep an eye out for upcoming recommendations for Fiction, Mystery and Books for Children.

A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father Sargent Shriver Mark Shriver
After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family 1968-To the Present J. Randy Taraborrelli
Cronkite Douglas Brinkley
Kurt Vonnegut: Letters Dan Wakefield, Editor
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) Jenny Lawson
Letter: My Journey Through Life, Love, and Loss
Marie Tillman
Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury Lesley-Ann Jones
Passage of Power: The Times of Lyndon Johnson Robert Caro
Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy David Nasaw
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail  Cheryl Strayed


ICPL Best of 2012

by Kara on December 17th, 2012
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Library staff love to read and share their favorite books. As 2012 comes to a close, we thought others would enjoy knowing our favorites for the year.  We had a lot of fun putting together this list of ICPL Favorite Books of 2012. Watch the Staff Picks Blog this week for lists of books within individual genres. Today’s list is our “Best of the Best” list. These books received nominations from more than one staff person.

We hope you enjoy these lists and would love to hear which books were your favorites in 2012.

The #1 ICPL Staff recommendation for 2012 is  John Green’s Young Adult book, “The Fault in our Stars

There was a tie for the #2 book between Gillian Flynn’s Fiction book, “Gone Girl” and Katherine Boo’s Nonfiction book “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity”

Honorable Mention Titles: (in alphabetic order by title)

Fiction Beautiful Ruins Jess Walter
Fiction Bring Up the Bodies Hilary Mantel
Fiction Dog Stars Peter Heller
Nonfiction Mortality Christopher Hitchens
jEasy Olivia and the Fairy Princesses Ian Falconer
Nonfiction Paris: A Love Story Kati Morton
Nonfiction Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking Susan Cain
Science Fiction Redshirts John Scalzi
jEasy Sleep Like a Tiger Mary Logue
Fiction Train Dreams Denis Johnson
Fiction The Year We Left Home (2013 All Iowa Reads Book Selection) Jean Thompson


Kurt Vonnegut: Letters

by Kara on December 4th, 2012
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What does Kurt Vonnegut have to say about Iowa City? “Run with the painters, I did. The best guy in Iowa City is painter Byron Burford. There isn’t anybody to watch out for. Nobody pays any attention to anybody else, so there isn’t any jealousy or competition or any of that crap … Go to all the football games. They are great. Iowa should be a .500 club this year.” (Page 132 – August 10, 1967 letter from Kurt Vonnegut to Dick Gehman about teaching at the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop.)

I thoroughly enjoyed the recent publication of Kurt Vonnegut’s letters edited by Dan Wakefield, Vonnegut’s longtime friend. The letters begin in 1945 and run through 2007. The letters are divided by decade and Wakefield provides an introduction to each chapter that gives background information about Vonnegut’s life at that time.

My favorite letters are about Vonnegut’s time teaching at the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He describes the small-town, innocent Iowa City I remember from my childhood and is eager for his family to join him here.  “As I’ve already said at a minimum the town is a Utopia. I can walk to everything, and everything’s cheerful and clean.” (Page 105 – September 24, 1965 letter to his wife, Jane Vonnegut, about life in Iowa City.)

I also enjoyed the letters Vonnegut wrote to his family. They demonstrate a profound love and affection for family as well as his hopes for happiness and meaning in the lives of his children. “Jane and I read your letters to each other over the telephone. We celebrate you. We find nothing to complain of. You are doing what my father and grandfather did when they were your age, what used to be a conventional thing for middle class people aspiring to lives of cultivation do: You are making le grand tour.” (Page 260 – October 21, 1978 letter to his daughter, Nanny Vonnegut.)  And twenty years later, “Darling Daughter Nanny– In my sunset years I missed the precise moment of your forty-fifth birthday. These things happen. An you have been most forgiving and modest about this lapse. But scarcely a waking hour passes, any day, any month, in which I am not serene about how beautiful my daughter Nanny is in every way.” (Page 386 – October 8, 1999 letter to his daughter, Nanny Vonnegut.)

I wasn’t sure what I was expecting from this book, but I came away from it with a rekindled respect for one of my favorite authors and an admiration for the life he lived. The letters show a very human side of a person who mentored others, was proud of his heritage, was frustrated when he was misunderstood, pushed back against censors, and profoundly loved his family. Vonnegut’s last word of advice he was writing for an audience, “And how should we behave during this Apocalypse? We should be unusually kind to one another, certainly. But we should also stop being so serious. Jokes help a lot. And get a dog, if you don’t already have one …” (Page 413)

My Mother Was Nuts by Penny Marshall

by Kara on October 17th, 2012
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There’s a lot more to Penny Marshall than Laverne and Shirley! I don’t typically read Biographies but picked up this book, read the intro, and couldn’t put it down. In the introduction, Penny Marshall tells the story about when her apartment was broken into by two bandits dressed as Ninjas. Marshall was in her PJs and wearing a face mask. The story she relayed was funny, and even funnier when she washes off the face mask and one of the would-be thieves recognizes her as Laverne De Fazio.

Marshall’s biography reads like a Who’s Who of 70′s, 80′s and 90′s pop culture. Each chapter represents a different phase in Marshall’s life, and she often relates the story to a life lesson she learned from her mother. Marshall is pragmatic and unrepentant. Yes she got pregnant at 19, did drugs, was married and divorced a couple times, and rode across Europe on the back of a motorcycle with Art Garfunkel. She worked hard and played harder. In the midst of her life choices, and despite her many successes (first female director to gross over $100M for the movie, Big), she distills life down to four simple lessons: “try hard, help your friends, don’t get too crazy, and have fun.”

Penny Marshall’s book was well-written and funny. It made me want to watch the movies Big, Awakenings, and A League of their Own and maybe catch a couple episodes of Laverne and Shirley. Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated …

Armchair Travel – new and classic titles

by Maeve on July 31st, 2012
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Do you have summer travel plans? No? Then let reading be your escape. Travel writing is a wonderful way to take a trip vicariously, especially a trip to a destination that you wouldn’t necessarily choose or to ones that no longer exist. My picks are a mixture of new and classic travel stories.

Start with “Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed. This new bestseller takes readers on Strayed’s 1,100-mile trek on the Pacific Coast Trail (PCT). It is a trip Strayed is ill-prepared to take. She is almost always alone. Her shoes are too small. Her pack is too big – so big in fact that she names it Monster. As she hikes she sheds items from her overstuffed backpack and the grief and pain she has carried for years. While “Wild” is the story of Strayed hiking the PCT, it is so much more; it is the journey of Strayed’s redemption.

A much older but classic travel title is John Steinbeck’s “Travels with Charley: in search of America.” Originally published in 1962, “Travels with Charley” recounts Steinbeck’s 10,000-mile journey with his standard Poodle, Charley. They cross the United States in Rocinante, (the name of Don Quixote’s horse), his three-quarter-ton truck, outfitted with a cabin. Steinbeck’s goal was to reconnect with America. “Travels” was well received by the public, but not so by all the critics. Put me firmly in the public camp. I like Charley and I enjoyed Steinbeck’s reflections.

Pick up any travel book by Des Moines native Bill Bryson and you will not be disappointed. A favorite is “A Walk in the Woods: rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail.” It is a humorous account of one man’s attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail (AT). After returning to America following a long sojourn in England, Bryson decided to “rediscover” his home country by walking the 2,100-mile trail. He is joined by a childhood friend and the two of them set out on their trek. They too are ill-prepared and have packed far more than needed. But unlike the PCT the AT offers more stops and more opportunities for interactions with other hikers and the local folk. Bryson will provide a summer’s worth of enjoyment and exploration.

Best American Travel Writing” is an annual publication and takes readers across the globe with some of the best writing from magazines and blogs. The short pieces can be serious or humorous and are often eye-opening. If one of the stories strikes your fancy the library may have a book or two by the author. Other travel anthologies include “The Best Women’s Travel Writing: true stories from around the world” or “Best of Lonely Planet Travel Writing.”

Your journey to another location need not involve a plane or train or passport, just a trip to your library. Come explore the shelves and transport yourself.

3 Quick Non-Fiction Picks

by Lisa Edwards on July 30th, 2012
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The Iowa City Public Library is happy to welcome its first Guest Blogger, Lisa Edwards.

Growing up, I almost always had a book with me and made time to read often. I loved getting lost in fiction stories, and never thought I would be one for non-fiction books. I thought biographies would be stuffy and boring, and why would I research anything outside of school? As I got older, I got busier (or lazier), and had a hard time even finishing readings for class, so my library card became lonely.

Now that I’ve gone through the motions and graduated college, I find myself craving books and regret skimping on homework in school. Motivated by interests and desire for knowledge, I’ve wandered into the non-fiction section more in the past year than I have in most of my five years of college. From autobiographies to athletic training, I’ve hit a range of topics lately, and I’m going to touch on three of my recent favorites.

10-Minute Toughness: The Mental Exercise Program for Winning Before the Game Begins by Jason Selk – I’ve always been naturally athletic, and very competitive, so I never thought it would be my head that would trip up my feet. A year after living in Iowa City, I joined the Old Capitol City Roller Girls and am now in my fourth year with them. As a chaotic, hard-hitting sport, I knew that I would physically get frustrated, but was utterly paralyzed during a couple of bouts when I mentally gave up. Knowing there was a deeper problem, I set off to the Library in search of sports psychology books. I came across Selk’s book and absolutely loved it. He is not only a performance coach for many professional and Olympic athletes, but provides mental training for the business world as well.

He lays out a very thorough, yet simple plan to help get your mental game into tip-top shape. With a clearer mind and goals to focus on, he helps you get mentally aligned before you ever step on the track/court/field. Even if you don’t follow his exact steps, his stories and words are inspiring and help you train in a different light. Everything he teaches can be applied to life outside of athletics as well.

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach – This book I picked up and put down multiple times over the last year. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it, I just had limited time and it was one of those reads that you could just pick up randomly. I was dying to finish it though, and that’s why I started it with a book in hand and finished it through an audiobook (Both available in the Library). Roach managed to write almost purely scientific, yet with a touch of humor, and kept it very interesting. I suppose it didn’t hurt that her topic was sex.

Sex is obviously a controversial subject and taboo to talk about depending on what decade or culture you live in. You probably never stop to think how so much knowledge about our sexual bodies has come to be, or how those experiments played out. Roach delves into that research and reveals how hard it was (and is) for researchers to be taken seriously about the one topic that drives human life. She traveled all over the world to various libraries, research labs, and pig farms (yes, pigs) to cure her every curiosity. She goes so far as to throw her and her husband into an MRI machine for an experiment. Pick it up for the laughs, and walk away with a little bit more knowledge about your body.

Nerd do well: A small boy’s journey to becoming a big kid by Simon Pegg. I got over my fear of biographies, thinking that they all would read like a history book, by reading a string of books by comedians. Pegg’s autobiography translated his life story in a unique way, by adding a touch of comicly-exaggerated prose, depicting him as a dashing superhero with a robot butler. The chapters would go back and forth between his real life and this imagined one.

I found myself connecting the dots with his background on becoming a comedian, creating Shaun of the Dead, and many other cinematic endeavors. I also found myself dying to know what would happen next in his fiction chapters. After reading this, I feel more inspired to go after what I really want in life. It’s hopeful to hear stories about how people get from one place in their life to another, and reminds me to be patient and keep working hard.

Lisa Edwards is a member of the Old Capitol City Roller Girls. She works as a production assistant and a barista. Edwards is known as Left 4 Deadwards on the flat track, and writes her own blog about roller derby:

Wild:from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

by Maeve on June 13th, 2012
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I can’t stop recommending “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed.  “It is truly one of those books you can’t put down, at least I couldn’t.  It is the summer of 1995 and Strayed sets off at the age of 26 to hike the Pacific Coast Trail (PCT).  She has little experience hiking and none on such an arduous trail.  She reads books and buys gear.  But she over-equips herself so much so that she names her giant overstuffed backpack “Monster”.  And just like her pack her life is too full – full of pain and grief to point of it all crashing down.  Her mother died when she was 22 and a senior in college.  Her father  left the family years before.  She no longer has much contact with her brother and sister and her marriage is falling apart.  She cheats on, then leaves, her beloved husband, shoots heroin, has an abortion and adopts a new last name. “I looked [strayed] up in the dictionary and knew it was mine: to wander from the proper path, to be lost . . . to move about aimlessly in search of something.”

During the harrowing three-month journey that ensues, she starts to make sense of what she has lost.  She traverses over 1,100 miles starting in the Mojave Desert.  She is almost always alone.  Her shoes are too small and she loses six toenails before she finishes.  The weight of the pack causes palm-sized calluses to develop on her hips.  As she hikes she sheds items from her overstuffed backpack and the grief and pain she has carried for years. By the time she reaches the Bridge of Gods on the border of Oregon and Washington she is lighter and stronger.  While “Wild” is the story of Strayed hiking the PCT it so much more. It is the journey of Strayed’s redemption.


This Wheel’s On Fire

by John on May 15th, 2012
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Everyone knows what Levon Helm sounds like, and I’m happy to report that his authorial voice matches that exactly.  Were it a wine, it would be a rich, downhome red, with a pronounced twang and hints of vulgarity.  Barbecue wouldn’t overwhelm it, nor possom for that matter.

Helm had a lot of interesting friends, a lifetime of road stories, and plenty of practice telling them.  He was, after all, mentored both by rockabilly wildman Ronnie Hawkins and The Bob Himself.  He backed Dylan on his first electric tour, and describes the surreal experience of riding a private jet, staying in the best hotels and getting booed every night.  It shook him so much, he quit music for a time, and worked on an oil rig in the gulf.

He also kept a molten anger against Robbie Robertson, The Band’s primary songwriter.  Helm felt the songs were more collaborative than the songwriting credits reflected.  Playing music was his whole life, so Robertson’s decision to break up the band didn’t sit well either.

How much of this to believe?  Can’t say, tho parts of it seem pretty well embellished.  I doubt they really blew up a nightclub after the owner declined to pay them.  Or if they did, that the police let them go because the owner was a jerk.  On the other hand, “Well, it ain’t easy to come out and say I shot myself in the ass” has the ring of truth to it.

Helm died last month.  Nobody’s going to forget The Band anytime soon, but his late-life records (after surviving throat cancer) Dirt Farmer and (especially) Electric Dirt are well worth your attention as well.

Books I’d Like to Read Again

by Kara on April 22nd, 2012
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Last week I had the honor of being the speaker at the lunch program of the Iowa Association of School Librarians 2012 Conference. Traditionally they invite librarians to do booktalks, and this year I had fun picking out my favorite books from the past couple of years to recommend. My topic was “Recent Favorites and Books I’d Like to Read Again.”

Not only did I get to speak to about 175 teacher-librarians, but two of my favorite librarians were in the audience. Mary Jo Langhorne was my teacher-librarian when I was in junior high (Northwest Junior High in Coralville) and Denise Rehmke was my teacher-librarian when I was a student at Iowa City’s West High School. They were role models for me and epitomized the difference caring adults can make in the lives of students. I never told them, but they were influential to me and, when I considered a career in librarianship, their positive influence helped me realize that being a librarian was a career I would enjoy.

Many thanks to Mary Jo and Denise and all the wonderful teacher-librarians who make a difference every day in the lives of our students in Iowa!!

I’ve had a couple people ask if I would share my list, so the books are below.   Each book is highly recommended and, if I had time, I’d read them again.  ~~Enjoy~~

Box, C.J. Force of Nature Pickett Series & Stand-alones 2012 Game Warden Joe Pickett’s friend, Nate Romanowski, knows a secret about a governmental official. That official plans to kill Nate to keep him quiet, and is targeting the entire Pickett family to get to Nate. Will Nate’s actions justify the outcome? Can Nate survive and save his friends? All C.J. Box books recommended including Pickett series and stand-alones. Mystery
Bradley, Alan I am Half-Sick of Shadows Flavia de Luce Series 2011 Step aside Nancy Drew and Harriet the Spy, eleven year old Flavia de Luce is on the case! It’s 1950 and Flavia is living in an old English estate with her family. Watch for more Flavia mysteries including The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and A Red Herring Without Mustard. Mystery
Clayton, Meg Waite Wednesday Sisters 2009 A group of women learn about life, love, friendship and loyalty in a “coming of age” novel set against a backdrop of the 1960s, Women’s Movement, and Vietnam War protests. Fiction
Dallas, Sandra The Bride’s House  2011 Sandra Dallas’ new book follows three generations of women who live in The Bride’s House in Georgetown Colorado.  Dallas’ books are known for good character development and strong sense of place.  Fiction
Dean, Debra Madonnas of Leningrad 2007 A story that develops on two levels: A family coming to terms with Alzheimer’s and the story of Marina who creates a “memory palace” to escape the terror of Leningrad in 1941. Historical Fiction
Diffenbaugh, Vanessa Language of Flowers 2011 A beautiful coming of age debut novel weaving the past and present life of Victoria Jones beginning when Victoria is emancipated from foster care. Alternating chapters reveal Victoria’s past and present life. Fiction
Evanovich, Janet Explosive Eighteen 2011 What happened in Hawaii? Stephanie Plum’s dream vacation didn’t turn out as planned. Trouble is waiting for her at home as well. Count on Evanovich for laughs, quirky characters, and exploding cars. Mystery
Fortier, Anne Juliet 2011 Julie is heartbroken when her Aunt dies and crushed when her estate goes to Julie’s twin sister, Janice … except for a key to a mysterious lock box in Sienna, Italy and a cryptic story about family treasures. Fiction
Glass, Julia The Widower’s Tale 2010 Enjoying an active but lonely rural life, seventy-year-old Percy allows a preschool to move into his barn and transform his quiet home into a lively, youthful community.  All Julia Glass books are recommended.  Fiction
Green, Jane Promises to Keep 2010 Green’s books focus on families, friendship, and discovering the life you want to live. Other recommended Jane Green books include Dune Road and The Beach House. Fiction
Hillenbrand, Laura Unbroken 2010 Olympic runner Louis Zamperini enlisted in the US Army Air Forces in 1941. When the plane he was assigned to crashes into the South Pacific. Louis survives the crash and 47 days at sea in a plastic life raft. Nonfiction
Mason, Bobbie Ann The Girl in the Blue Beret 2011 Told in the present and past. A WWII fighter pilot shot down over Belgium is saved by the French Resistance. Fifty years later, after his retirement, he returns to Paris to find the people who cared for him. Historical Fiction
McClain, Paula The Paris Wife 2011 The fictional story of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson. After a whirlwind courtship the couple marries and moves to Paris so Ernest can pursue his writing career.  Historical Fiction
Orringer, Julie Invisible Bridge 2010 Andras and Tibor Levy are Jewish brothers in Hungary in 1937.  The reader knows history and horror of war, and yet Orringer weaves spirit, friendship, hope, family ties, and love into an unforgettable story. Historical Fiction
Russell, Mary Doria Dreamers of the Day 2008 Midwesterner, schoolteacher, influenza epidemic survivor, and world traveler, Agnes Shanklin, witnesses the 1921 Cairo Peace Conference where world leaders make a plan to divide the Middle East into the countries of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan. Historical Fiction
See, Lisa Shanghai Girls & Dreams of Joy 2009 & 2011 Wonderful characters and a strong sense of place. Stories are fast-paced and individual stories are woven together so the reader cares about the main characters, their feelings, and what happens.  I listened to both books and the narration is excellent.  Highly recommended! Historical Fiction
Taylor, Patrick Dublin Student DoctorIrish Country Series2011 The fictional Irish town of Ballybucklebo comes alive, starting with An Irish Country Doctor. The main character is a mix of James Herriot and Marcus Welby, MD. All books are recommended.  If you are looking for a vicarious escape, I’d recommend picking up one of the books in the series. Fiction
Tyler, Anne Noah’s Compass 2010 61-year-old Liam Pennywell is forced to retire from his job teaching fifth graders.  On the first day of retirement he wakes up in a hospital after an assault and sets out to rediscover his life. Fiction
Vreeland, Susan Clara and Mr. Tiffany 2011 Fictionalized story of Clara Driscoll who worked with Louis Comfort Tiffany at his New York studio and possibly the person who conceived the idea for the iconic Tiffany stained glass lamps.  Historical Fiction.
Winerip, Michael Adam Canfield: The Last Reporte rAdam Canfield Series 2010 I love family road trips and finding a great book on disc the entire family will enjoy. Adam Canfield has traveled with us on three trips and everyone in the family enjoys these stories. Adam and friends write for the school newspaper, The Slash. In each book it’s good vs. evil, motivated students, and adults who care and want to help the students. jFiction
Winspear, Jacqueline Elegy for Eddie 2012 A solid mystery series that creates a strong sense of place and interesting characters. It’s April 1933 and Maisie’s past and present collide when friends from her past ask her to solve the murder of a friend. Mystery

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

by Kara on March 21st, 2012
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I love Historical Fiction novels but rarely read Nonfiction.  Recently I read a review about Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand that made me decide to take a chance and put a hold on the eBook version.  WOW! What a compelling story! I was immediately hooked on the story and rarely put my Kindle down until I had finished the book.  Although it’s not a new book (published November 2010), I decided to blog about it because I really enjoyed it.

Louis Zamperini grew up in a large Italian family in Torrance, California.  He was a defiant and incorrigible (but lovable) boy who enjoyed pushing limits.  School didn’t interest him and he often channeled his energy into petty crime, fighting and riding the rails. Eventually he discovered running and focused his energy into becoming an Olympic runner with the goal of being the first runner to run a 4-minute mile.  He competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, earning an 8th place finish in the Men’s 5,000 meter race.

Louis Zamperini enlisted in the US Army Air Forces in 1941 and trained as a bombardier on a fighter plane.  He was stationed in the South Pacific and when his crew’s plane, Super Man, was damaged in a war battle, the crew was assigned to a new airplane, The Green Hornet.  Mechanical issues caused The Green Hornet to crash into the South Pacific, killing 8 of the 11 crew members.  Louis Zamperini and two others (Russel Phillips and Francis McNamara) survived the crash and ended up in two plastic life boats in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  With little to eat and no fresh water the men told stories to one-another to pass the time and keep their minds off thirst, starvation, and the odds of being rescued.  Francis McNamara died after 33 days at sea.  On the 47th day, Louis Zamperini and Russel Phillips reached the Marshall Islands but were soon captured by the Japanese soldiers stationed there.  Both men were held in prisoner of war camps and were beaten and tortured. Louis Zamperini was never officially registered as a prisoner of war, and the knowledge that his family did not know he was alive weighed on him each day of captivity. Unfortunately Louis Zamperini was the target of extra torture in the POW camps because of his Olympic fame.

I am happy to report the book has a happy ending, although Louis Zamperini struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after his return from the War. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it for readers who enjoy Historical Fiction.  By chance, I just discovered Bobbie Ann Mason’s new book, The Girl in the Blue Beret, which is a fictional story about a WWII fighter pilot who is shot down over Occupied Europe. I love the “Advanced Search” option in OverDrive that helps me find Historical Fiction eBooks for my Kindle!!


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