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AG Book Club :: Unbroken

I had no idea what was in store for us when I chose Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand as the first selection for the AG Book Club. One friend said that the day she picked it up, she didn’t stop reading until her son came into her room at 4:00 a.m. the next morning. Another friend talked about reading the book while flipping quesadillas for her family’s dinner. When my friend Sarah finished the book, she had a hunger to know more, and has since watched hours of documentaries about WWII and even called up her grandmother for a first-hand account of the war. Personally, I was completely engrossed and can’t stop thinking or talking about it, as my poor husband can attest.

Instead of writing an insanely long review (which my review would inevitably be), I thought it’d be fun to just ask everyone to share two things about the book that influenced you the most. What parts of the story were particularly striking? What was inspiring or haunting? What did you take away from the story of Louis Zamperini? I’ve been anxiously awaiting your thoughts all month and can’t wait to hear your perspective on this extraordinary story. (Below you’ll find a video of my own thoughts, if you’re interested.)

Also, is anyone having friends over to discuss the book? Tomorrow night a bunch of women are coming over (with snacks!) so we can talk about it to our hearts’ content. Several of the women have very unique perspectives-two have been to Auschwitz and one woman recently visited Japan. I’m eager to hear how these experiences impacted their reading of Unbroken.

This has been such a profound experiences, not only reading the book, but reading it with such an intelligent and enthusiastic group of women. Thank you so much for being a part of this. I’m going to be constantly refreshing my computer all day, waiting to hear what you thought of the book. :)



Posted by Aanna on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015


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