Friday, February 8, 2013

One Book One City


In December, I mentioned that the Sierra Madre Public Library's choice for this year's One Book One City is the latest offering from Laura Hillenbrand, the author of Seabiscuit (in which our own local racetrack, Santa Anita, played a part).  The book, "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption," is the true story of Lieutenant Louis Zamperini, who was shot down during World War II.  I've read this wonderful book, and can tell you that it grabs you on page one, and doesn't let go until you turn the last page.  The library is hosting several events this month.  Tomorrow (Saturday), World War II historian Dan King will be speaking at the library at 10:00.  For more information on this and other upcoming events, please click here.


14 comments:

  1. Sierra Madre's so cool. I wonder why Altadena doesn't copy this. I never read Seabiscuit because animal stories make me cry, but I heard it was mighty fine.

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    1. I love the original title of this program. It was started in Seattle, and had a name something like "If a whole city read the same book." Probably too cumbersome, but I still like it.

      I haven't read Seabiscuit either, for the exact same reason. I usually don't read animal stories. Although when our beloved 17 year-old cat died a couple of years ago, I read this amazing book called "Cherished: 21 Authors on Animals They Have Loved and Lost." I imagine the title explains it. Made me laugh and cry. Very cathartic...

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  2. So cool! I admit not reading Seabiscuit for the same reason as altadenahiker, though heard great things. Unbroken sounds great, war stories are among the most unforgettable. Enjoy the event!

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    1. So, I see we have a quorum! After reading Unbroken, though, I have to say I'm hooked on the author, and may have to be brave and read it anyway. The good stuff may outweigh the parts that make me cry.

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  3. I saw the film, Seabiscuit, and I appreciate it all the more now that I know who the author is and the additional information about her. Well done, Adele. Thanks for showing us Mount Wilson!!!!!

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    1. Thanks, LOL. I saw the film too. Originally, only because much of it was filmed at Santa Anita Racetrack. But what a great story!

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  4. Is this your local book club?

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    1. Hi Mo, Sort of... It's a citywide event, where everyone is to read the same book, and then then there are community events to coincide.

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  5. Your town as a really cute library. A friend works there

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    1. I like it too. It's got that Mid-Century flair that we like! Lucky friend!

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  6. Sounds good. I'll have to check it out.

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