Laura Hillenbrand's Personal Triumphs Rival Those of Subjects

One of my very favorite authors, Laura Hillenbrand has written just two books. But what books they were, with her latest, UNBROKEN, as moving, textured, and fascinating, with its period detail, as her debut, SEABISCUIT.

But her keen grasp of her subjects and addictive writing style aren't the most amazining things about Ms. Hillenbrand. What astonishes me is how she manages the terrific feat of organizing so much sourse material and writing such terrific nonfiction without leaving her home, except in the tiniest increments.

To read about Hillenbrand's struggle with a debilitating case of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the writing of Olympic miler and WWII POW Louis Zamperini's story, check out Monica Hesse's moving article from the Washington Post. Like Hillenbrand's books, her personal tale is unforgettable.


Joni Rodgers said…
That's an amazing story. I had no idea. Gave Unbroken to my dad via Kindle for his birthday, and he says it's terrific.
Hillenbrand's not the only author I know of who lives in the wider world through her imagination. I'm truly impressed by those who find a way to overcome serious health challenges with their writing. Most of them never mention their physical issues, but their strength is inspiring.
Barbara Sissel said…
I loved Seabiscuit and Unbroken sounds every bit as fascinating. Can't wait to purchase and read!

Thanks for the heads up, Colleen, and the great review!

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