Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand this is the the true and inspirational story of Louis Zamperini - track star, 1936 Olympian and World War II hero. Author Laura Hillenbrand followed up with her first book "Seabiscuit" by spending seven years of her life researching this book in such detail that when asked about his own life, Louis sometimes defers to "Laura" as the authority about his own life! The impetus for this book came when during her … [Read more...]
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The Coolest Race on Earth by John Hanc his is the latest book by John Hanc, a contributing editor to Runner's World Magazine and contributing writer to Newsday. He describes his passion for running and ultimately how it takes him to Antarctica to run a full length 26.2 mile marathon in part to celebrate his 50th birthday. An unusual group of individuals join him down under including the first person to try and complete the marathon in a … [Read more...]
No More Heroes by Henry Biernacki This is the story of a relationship that develops between young traveler Niklas and an older woman Suria (Foxy); she is not a traveler. Much of the story takes place in the San Francisco Bay Area and explores their individual perspectives on life. With the travelers perspective, Niklas initially believes his own experiences are enriching Suria's life but later on he realizes the wisdom of her years are enriching … [Read more...]
Alive by Piers Paul Read This is the amazing story of survival high in the Andes after a charter plane crashes in the snow. The plane carries 45 people at the time of the crash - 16 living survivors are eventually rescued. Ultimately two of the survivors have to climb over a steep pass and hike miles to gain access to below the snow line. This is after living in what's left of the plane after 10 weeks This story has also been made into a … [Read more...]
Between a Rock & a Hard Place by Aron Ralston Aron has always loved the outdoors and climbing mountains. This is the incredible story of one man being in the wrong place at the wrong time and his ensuing entrapment in a remote canyon in Utah. He eventually arrives at the final decision he has to make in order to "free" himself. This is a gripping story that develops as the trapped man comes to terms with his situation and his ultimate … [Read more...]
Kon Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl An incredible journey of over 4000 nautical miles by Thor & friends on a hand built balsa raft. They left from Callao, Peru and arrived in the South Pacific. On this journey, Thor explores the social dynamics of the group on the small raft, provides insights into the long days and long nights with just the ocean as your home. This story also makes the argument that this journey was possible thousands of years … [Read more...]
Weep for the Living by Anne Butler is a mystery writer from the small town of St. Francisville in southern Louisiana. She was married to a respected retired criminologist who used to work for the infamous Angola prison nearby. One day while relaxing on her porch her husband comes home with a .38 gun. Amazingly she survived multiple gunshots without hospitalization for 2 hours before help arrived. Anne is a survivor and this story provides … [Read more...]
Women of the Four Winds by Elizabeth Fagg Olds This book profiles four women who were "ahead of their time" who lived in the early/mid 1900's including Annie Peck, the first person to climb the great 6000+ meter Huascaran in Peru. We feature this book here because of the story of Annie Peck and that is the only story we actually read & reviewed in this book. Annie had several aborted and failed attempts before successfully summiting … [Read more...]