Friday Morning Bookclub

March 16, 2011

This Month’s Book:Unbroken By Laura Hillenbrand

Filed under: Unbroken — susanbright @ 9:53 am

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption has been on the New York Times Non Fiction Best Seller List for 14 weeks and is currently number one.  It was named the top book of 2010 by Time Magazine.  So when it came time to chose the book for our  April meeting, the one time of the year that  we invite our spouses or significant others to read along with us it seemed like a logical choice. Here was a book that would definitely appeal to the men. Although written by a woman, this is definitely not a “chick” book!

Unbroken is the story of Louie Zamperini–a juvenile delinquent-turned-Olympic runner-turned-Army hero. He was one of the best runners in America and competed in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. When WWII broke out, Zamperini joined the army and became a bombardier, and ended up in Japan’s most brutal POW camp. Laura Hillenbrand, also the author of Seabiscuit is said to have interviewed the 93 year old Zamperini more than 75 times.

Unbroken has been described by many as “The Best Book they had ever read!” Please join us in reading Unbroken!

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March 11, 2011

Blame It On Susan!

Filed under: Couples meetings,Ed's Original Creations,Unbroken — susanbright @ 10:30 pm

Another masterpiece by Ed!

 Despite what Ed says, I will be sure not to miss this meeting! Please join us in reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand! Sounds good…. doesn’t it!

February 12, 2011

April’s Book-Unbroken: Some Thoughts From Hal, One Of The Friday Morning Bookclub Husbands

Filed under: Book Discussions,Couples meetings,Unbroken — annwalter @ 1:11 pm

Hi:

Although logged in as Ann, this is Hal blogging (I have never blogged before).  I have started reading Unbroken which, as you know, is the 2011 Couples Book about a WWII airman who crashes in the Pacific.  On Friday morning (2/11/11) I saw an article in the Baltimore Sun that tied the subject of the book to current events.  Since I assume that many of you did not see the article (given that the Sun has a current readership of about three) I thought I would share it.

The article, titled “World War II airman finally comes home”  describes how a local Highlandtown man, Tech. Sgt. Charles A. Bode and a crew of 10 other men, took off from New Guinea in the Pacific on November 20, 1943.  They were flying in a B-24 bomber (the same type of aircraft that is described in Unbroken) on a sea search mission (the same type of mission that the protagonist in Unbroken was on when his plane went down).   After a routine radio check, the 11 crewmen were never seen or heard from again.

Decades later, the tail of the plane was discovered by villagers in eastern New Guinea sticking up from the rocks in a steep ravine.  Further investigation by the U.S. military then found remains which were later identified using DNA techniques.  So 67 years after Sgt. Bode was lost, yesterday he was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.

Bode had been 23 years old when he died.  He was not married and left no direct descendants.  His parents died in 1967 and 1971.  His one brother died in 2000.  Attending the funeral were nieces and nephews and their children and grandchildren, none of whom had ever known Sgt. Bode because they had all been born after his death.  They said they came to the funeral out of respect for their father and because Sgt. Bode was part of their family’s legacy.

As I read Unbroken and this newspaper article, I am struck by how cheap life had become, owing to the exigencies of war.  Airman in the Pacific had about a 50% chance of not surviving the war.

Attached is a link to the Sun article as well as a video published today describing the burial ceremony at Arlington yesterday.  I look forward to seeing all of you in April.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-bode-burial-20110210,0,2033937.story

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-bode-arlington-burial-20110211,0,7759792.story

Hal


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