Discuss "Unbroken"­ by Laura Hillenbrand

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood.  Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.  It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard.  So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini.  In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails.  As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile.  But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, 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.

In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit.  Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent. Learned alot.

    December 13, 2012

  • Laura A.

    great discussion....great book

    December 12, 2012

  • rick M.

    Oh yeah.....I did see something about that! Ok, I will try to think of a good one!

    December 11, 2012

  • Laura A.

    Don't forget to bring a question with you about the book to get the conversation going!

    December 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    What is the SOP for our meetings? Food, brew, and discussion or just brew and discussion?

    December 11, 2012

    • rick M.

      Great question Sheri!! It is my first meetup with the group, and would like to know as well. I was thinking that I may be there around 6:30ish to grab a bite if anyone else was interested.

      December 11, 2012

    • Laura A.

      some eat a meal....some appetizers, some nothing at all. It's whatever you want to do, but you certainly don't need to eat ahead of time.

      December 11, 2012

  • Laura A.

    Reservations for 7:00 under Laura. We have a private table reserved upstairs. See you then!

    1 · December 11, 2012

  • rick M.

    Rob.......so is there a table reserved for the members of the meetup group? Just in case I do get there early, I want to make sure I know where I'm going :) thanks!!

    December 11, 2012

    • RobC13

      Hi Rick, Laura reserved for us .Apparently we are upstairs. I should be there around 7 . We are a casual group that likes to socialize and have some discussion around the book. Look forward to meeting you

      1 · December 11, 2012

    • rick M.

      That sounds great!! Exactly what I was hoping for........look forward to meeting you too

      December 11, 2012

  • RobC13

    Usually all three

    1 · December 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent! I'll be there.

    December 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh Laura, I am so sorry. For some reason I loaded the meeting on my calendar on the 12th of December! And I was so looking forward to a discussion of Unbroken. Sheri

    December 7, 2012

    • RobC13

      Sheri it is on the 12 th

      December 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    If there was no waiting list, I'd stick on. But based on my schedule, I'd have to be late and leave early. May as well give some others a shot to be there for the whole thing. I loved the book too. Have fun!

    December 6, 2012

  • Laura A.

    Just a friendly reminder, if you are unable to make it, please change your RSVP as there is a waiting list.

    December 6, 2012

  • Colleen N.

    Just a heads up The Homestead Restaurant closed awhile back it is now called The Coach Stop Restaurant & Tavern (same location/address) www.coachstopnh.com

    November 5, 2012

    • Laura A.

      Thank you Colleen..I will make the correction

      November 5, 2012

  • Laura A.

    We are going to try something new this time. As you read the book, jot down a question or two that can be used for discussion when we meet up. Although we are quite a social group, I would like to keep the focus of our conversation on the book. Rob and I thought this might be a good way to begin.

    November 2, 2012

    • Amy E

      Great idea!

      November 2, 2012

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