Sunday, November 29, 2015

Best of the Bunch: November 2015

Today I'm sharing the best book I read in November.

Of the 10 books I read this month, I had two 5-star reads:

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Both are bestsellers for a reason! Between the two, I'm going to say the best of the bunch was...

This is a masterfully written biography of Louis Zamperini, one-time Olympic runner who fought in WWII and spent more than a month adrift in an inflatable life raft only to encounter utter brutality as an unlisted Japanese POW. Most compelling is the way that we are able to feel the alternating hope and despair along with him and his companions, as time and again it seems like things are finally getting better, only to get worse again. The book is pretty graphic about some of the horrors — violence and illness — but it's not gratuitous. Hillenbrand is an exceptionally gifted writer who knows how to craft a story better than almost any other biographer I've ever encountered. If you're willing to have your emotions rattled in every direction for the sake of a good story, pick up this book.

What is the best book you read this month? Let me know in comments, or write your own post and link up below!

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