By Laura Hillenbrand & By Daniel James Brown
I love it when Lemuria customers are so consistently enthusiastic about a book that their relentless requests inspire Lemuria booksellers to read it. Two great examples of this are Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand (2010) and The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown (2013).
I think the reading experience doesn’t get any better than when you are surprised by your level of enjoyment. Many readers think they do not want to read Unbroken, a true story of survival during WWII, but find themselves caught up in a story of determination amidst unimaginable bleakness, a pilot adrift and wasting away in the Pacific Ocean. By the same token, many readers think they do not want to read about a group of boys from Washington state who go on to compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics as a rowing team. What makes these two books exceptional are the great social, moral, and spiritual lessons they teach. Both of these books are just out in paperback, are slated to be made into movies and would make great picks for book clubs.
Reviewed by Lisa Newman www.lemuriabooks.com