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Unbroken
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
#1 "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER - NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE - Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader's Circle for author chats and more. In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will. Appearing in paperback for the first time--with twenty arresting new photos and an extensive Q&A with the author--"Unbroken "is an unforgettable testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit, brought vividly to life by "Seabiscuit" author Laura Hillenbrand. Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by "Time" magazine - Winner of the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year award "Extraordinarily moving . . . a powerfully drawn survival epic."--"The Wall Street Journal"" " "[A] one-in-a-billion story . . . designed to wrench from self-respecting critics all the blurby adjectives we normally try to avoid: It is amazing, unforgettable, gripping, harrowing, chilling, and inspiring.""--New York""" "Staggering . . . mesmerizing . . . Hillenbrand's writing is so ferociously cinematic, the events she describes so incredible, you don't dare take your eyes off the page."--"People"" " "A meticulous, soaring and beautifully written account of an extraordinary life.""--The Washington Post"" " "Ambitious and powerful . . . a startling narrative and an inspirational book.""--The New York Times Book Review"" ""Magnificent . . . incredible . . . [Hillenbrand] has crafted another masterful blend of sports, history and overcoming terrific odds; this is biography taken to the nth degree, a chronicle of a remarkable life lived through extraordinary times.""--The Dallas Morning News" "An astonishing testament to the superhuman power of tenacity."--"Entertainment Weekly"" " "A tale of triumph and redemption . . . astonishingly detailed."--"O: The Oprah Magazine"" " "[A] masterfully told true story . . . nothing less than a marvel."--"Washingtonian"" " "[Hillenbrand tells this] story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter's pace.""--Time"" " "Hillenbrand [is] one of our best writers of narrative history. You don't have to be a sports fan or a war-history buff to devour this book--you just have to love great storytelling."--Rebecca Skloot, author of" The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"""
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Anre1
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This book was such a good book. I started reading it because I have a cousin who was commander of a squadron of fighter jets during this time, sadly he was shot down right off the island where these POW‘s were being held, but after reading this book maybe that was actually a blessing. An amazing book about the resilience of humans, what they can go through, and still survive and ultimately forgive largely in part due to their faith. Loved it!!

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EmilieGR
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I‘m absolutely unbelievable story. There is such much hate and anger and yet also forgiveness and compassions driving this book. This was an easy, immersive read, and Hillenbrand did a good job making each person memorable and distinctive, so it was easy for the reader to track them.

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Kshakal
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Eggs Perfect choice👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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melissajayne
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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A very powerful story #letteru #alphabetgame

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 3mo
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TheRiehlDeal
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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#AlphabetGame
#LetterU

This is up there as one of the best nonfiction books I‘ve read!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 3mo
DarkMina Excellent choice! 3mo
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JenReadsAlot
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 3mo
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Cinfhen
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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#AlphabetGame a past book club favorite

Allylu I have heard good things about this one. I think my husband would like it, too. 3mo
Cinfhen My hubby @Allylu who is not a big reader actually read and enjoyed this book!! It‘s such a gripping story 3mo
DivineDiana This was a remarkable story! I also read a memoir written by Louis that was good. (edited) 3mo
Cinfhen Yes, I‘ve heard Louis book was very good @DivineDiana such a remarkable man ❤️ 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 3mo
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Megancrowe8
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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Bailedbailed

I got bored

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Arkrayder
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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Great book! Incredibly inspirational and very well written.

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Gingerbikerchick
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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Another amazing true story of extreme hardship and overcoming. It makes our lives seems so easy. Mind blowing experiences!! The human ability to survive and persevere is incredible!

britt_brooke Such a phenomenal story! 13mo
Gingerbikerchick Totally agree!!! @britt_brooke 13mo
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Kajari
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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World War II survival story of an Olympic runner. It makes believe the saying “mind over body”.

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TheRiehlDeal
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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1. The tagged book is my favorite sports book that I‘ve read.

2. I have a couple: 🏀 ⚾️ For basketball, it‘s the Syracuse Orange and for baseball it‘s the Yankees.

#Two4Tuesday
@TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! ⚾️ 1y
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jb72
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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#Two4Tuesday

1. The only book I can think of that had a small sports component to it is Unbroken. Louie was an Olympic contender before the war.

2. I do not watch sports on TV.

Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView - for some reason I‘m a day off and thought it was Tuesday today 🤦🏼‍♀️

TheSpineView No worries any day works. Thanks for playing! 1y
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Kshakal
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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DivineDiana Loved this book! 1y
Booknerd2 One of my favorites, even though it totally wrecked me! 💜😭 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛🙌🏻📚 1y
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mjtwo
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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17-19 May 2021 (audiobook)
Both devastating and inspiring. The horrors these men endured were difficult to listen to. My grandmother‘s aunt and two female cousins were interred in a Japanese POW camp in Java, which I never fully thought through until hearing of Louis‘ torments.

The friendships between the POWs and the commitment and allegiances they gave each other were, however, inspiring.

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BilboBookends
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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“Without dignity, identity is erased. In its absence, men are defined not by themselves, but by their captors and the circumstances in which they are forced to live.”

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DarkMina
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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#InspiredNewYear

Day 13: Victory

TheKidUpstairs Great choice! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I really should read this!! 2y
DarkMina @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s good. The movie is too. (edited) 2y
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TamTracy
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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Phenomenal book. Everyone should read it. That‘s all! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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DarkMina
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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@Eggs Thanks for the tag! @cosmos_moon
#ThankfulThursday
1. Someone who has passed. I would love to spend some time with my Mom.

2. I am thankful for my friends. They help me keep things in perspective and are always there for me.

Eggs 👏🏻💔😘 2y
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JenReadsAlot
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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1. My best friend who is not physically far away, but has covid and watching her dad die. Want to hug her so bad!
2. Working from home and my health
Thanks for the tag @peaknit @Cosmos_Moon
#thankfulThursday

peaknit Oh I‘m so sorry to hear about your friend, I‘m assuming T, and her dad. 2y
JenReadsAlot @peaknit Yes, and my heart is breaking for her. 2y
Laughterhp 💚💚 2y
Cosmos_Moon Oh, I am so sorry to hear about your friend and her dad 💜 2y
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TheRiehlDeal
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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1. I‘d like to see my childhood friend, Sam, who moved to Rome, NY.

2. I‘m thankful that I still have a job and my family doesn‘t have COVID.

#ThankfulThursday
@Cosmos_Moon

MoonWitch94 Thanks for the tag ⭐️ 2y
Eggs Thanks for tagging me 💗💗 2y
TheRiehlDeal @MoonWitch94 @Eggs No problem! 🙂 2y
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Eggs
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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Texreader ❤️ Unbroken 2y
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻😊 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💙💙💙 2y
Barbie.Hudson Can‘t Hurt Me is such a good book! That man‘s got grit! 💪🏼 2y
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Bookwormjillk
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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This book was still as fascinating as the first time I read it. What those men went through...

#CYOReadathon 2nd book finished #Scarathlon2020 #TeamSlaughter

Sleepswithbooks It‘s amazing.... the will to survive... 2y
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JackieGreco
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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The story of Louis Zamperini‘s life was unbelievable. He experienced atrocities with grace and honestly. The novel based on his life was filled with detail (almost to a fault) but built a beautiful story of his life.

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The soul, lies at the heart of humanness; to be deprived of it is to be dehumanized... Men subjected to dehumanizing treatment experience profound wretchedness and loneliness and find that hope is almost impossible to retain. Without dignity, identity is erased. In its absence, men are defined not by themselves, but by their captors and the circumstances in which they are forced to live.

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Deblovestoread
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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📚Tagged
🌟Leon Uris
🎬Under the Tuscan Sun
🎤U2
🎼Unchained Melody

#ManicMonday #LetterU

Zoes_Human I adore Unchained Melody. 2y
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this_teacher_reads
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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This is my reading buddy, Axel. The irony of reading this book while I have a broken foot is just too much. 😆😆

perfectsinner Such a great book 2y
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this_teacher_reads
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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Louis Zamperini‘s resilience and fortitude is just incredible. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves nonfiction. #ww2 #pow

Smrloomis I thought this was incredible. About half way through I thought I was done with the worst of his story and then it just kept going. Even so, I couldn‘t put it down. He was an amazing person! 2y
this_teacher_reads @Smrloomis I agree! I could never have survived such adversity! 2y
Smrloomis @this_teacher_reads me either 😱 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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#MagicalMay A #MemorialDay read which I have not read.

Eggs You MUST read! 💗💔🥰😓 3y
Deblovestoread I agree with @Eggs It is an excellent read! 3y
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sblbooks
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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I'm starting Unbroken today in honor of Memorial Day!
@eggs #MemorialDay

Texreader It‘s a hard but excellent read. I loved that book. Have a good Memorial Day! 3y
Eggs Agree with @texreader—great book, great hero 3y
sblbooks @Texreader Thanks, you too! 3y
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CareBear
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#7days7books (day 1)

We present here 7 books that will remain in our minds, because they touched us so much; changed us. No further comments!

Thanks for the tag, @LazyOwl ! I tag @Ncostell if you‘re interested 💜

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Pageturner1
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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Forgot to post. Thank you for the #litsylove @Sward7 ❤️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗🎉💗 3y
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Kshakal
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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amber_ldsmom
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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Day 18: #WarIsHell #FebruaryFeels
The title is ironic because this book tore me apart! 😭

Texreader Yes this is an unbelievably good book that‘ll rip your heart up. I loved it. 3y
Eggs So good 📚 3y
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Kpiper
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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This one is beautifully written and emotionally exhausting. It has been in my tbr stack so long, the cover says, “SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE.” Soon as in 2014. I can‘t wait to watch the movie after I finish it.

marleed I think about this book often. There was so much in the book that a 2 hour movie couldn‘t cover. 3y
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Eggs
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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His life would not have been so powerful without his ability to embrace #forgiveness

#selfimprovementseptember
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚❤️ 3y
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SaraHasClass
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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This is an incredible non-fiction book that reads like fiction. It's a story of survival, of human resilience, determination, stubbornness, of an iron will & a fragile recovery due to unspeakable horror. Non-fiction readers, this is a MUST. For those of you who think you don't like non-fiction, this would be a great book to try.

CherylRussell I really, really need to pick this up from my TBR stack and read it already. 🙂 3y
SaraHasClass You won't be disappointed! 3y
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Jeannineth
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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I started this today. Why haven‘t I heard this story before? Amazing

Crazeedi 2 movies made from thos too 3y
DivineDiana A favorite! 3y
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Eggs
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Louis Zamperini - Olympic athlete, WW2 hero, humanitarian - had a grueling, painful but redemptive life. His was an extraordinary #journey

#letstraveljuly @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Booknerd2 Absolutely loved this book. I googled and found many interviews with the author, Louie, Tom Brokaw, and Angelina Jolie. 3y
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏼📚❤️ 3y
Eggs Thanks @OriginalCyn620 💗 3y
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Eggs @Booknerd2 a life-changer for sure 3y
Booknerd2 @eggs Absolutely. So heartbreaking to read but couldn‘t put it down. Cried when it was over. The facts at the end of the book about the way the Japanese treated POWs was eye opening and enraging. 3y
Eggs @Booknerd2 Agree. Absolutely. 3y
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Rachbb3
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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I listened to most of this on planes. Probably not the best idea but what a powerful story.

#Booked2019 (Soldier)
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Samplergal Loved it. 3y
Cinfhen Great choice ♥️ 3y
marleed Ohh, I‘m glad you didn‘t crash in water inhabited by sharks. I think of that often - those pilots and crew! 3y
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TaciturnWhenReading
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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My daughter and I went to the Half Price Books Warehouse Clearance Sale today. It was HUGE!! We spent hours there, and this is my resultant stack!! 😍 Nothing over $2!

CoverToCoverGirl What a score! 4y
Simona Nice pile❣️ 4y
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jrepka
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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Laura Hillenbrand is one of the best writers. She portrays the struggles of Louie with such detail - you agonize with him.

Inspiring story! Definitely do not judge the story by the movie. The book is truly amazing in how it tells the real life story.

My favorite book of all time!

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Squidonland
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand

As dangerous as these acts were, for the POWs, they were transformative. In risking their necks to sabotage their enemy, the men were no longer captives. They were soldiers again.

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Squidonland
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand

Here, drifting in almost total silence, with no scents other than the singed odor of the raft, no flavors on his tongue, nothing moving but the slow procession of shark fins, every vista empty save water and sky, his time unvaried and unbroken, his mind was freed of an encumbrance that civilisation has imposed on it. In his head he could roam anywhere, and he found that his mind was quick and clear, his imagination unfettered and supple.

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Squidonland
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand

In the early days of 1943, as men died one after another, every man dealt with the losses in a different way. Somewhere along the way, a ritual sprang up. If a man didn‘t return, the others would open his footlocker, take out his liquor, and have a drink in his honor. In a war without funerals, it was the best they could do.

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Samplergal
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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Sunshine on the cover makes it a shiny cover. 😂#MayScavengerHunt #MayMadness #nonfiction #booktomovie #3

Third book for Book to movie week.

This book was truly a five star read. We listened to the audiobook, narration provided by Edward Hermann. The story was full of all the feels, and shows us that war is not ever the answer. If you‘ve, not read it, you should.

Clwojick Added to the stack! 4y
LikelyLibrarian I listened to this too. Edward Hermann is a fabulous narrator! The book is powerful too, but not for the faint of heart. 4y
Prairiegirl_reading I didn‘t know Edward Hermann was the narrator! I must find this immediately!! 4y
Samplergal @Prairiegirl_reading I agree. I have always had a voice crush on him. Such a wonderful actor. 4y
Samplergal @LikelyLibrarian Def not for the squeamish. But war isn‘t. 4y
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Samplergal
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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#MayMadness. #booktomovie

We started this today and got about 50% in, so finishing this before the week is out is likely. It‘s so good and has been on my TBR forever. #audiobook

marleed I read this book in 2015 and still think about it. If the running part interested you. The perfect mile is also a good book about runners in that time period. 4y
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Eggs
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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Louis Zamperini took a #longandwindingroad from mischievous kid to Olympian athlete to WW2 airman to lost at sea to POW to survivor to a hopeful life.
#beatlemaynia @Eggs

tammysue Husband and I both enjoyed the book and movie! 💙 4y
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Sleepswithbooks
Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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Sunday is for blankets and cookies #slothlife

LaraReads Yes to all of this! 🙌🏻 Love the hashtag too. 🤣🤣🤣 4y
UwannaPublishme So true! 😊 4y
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Bookloverforever

Amazing read. The reader feels emotionally involved with the POWs as the story goes on.