Finally! About a week until Laura Hillenbrand’s long-awaited follow-up to Seabiscuit goes on sale (November 16).  Already making Publishers Weekly’s list of the Top 10 Books published for adults in 2010 and Amazon’s Best Books of 2010, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption is poised to be a huge book this holiday season and beyond.  Make sure you check that you have plenty of copies on order to meet demand at your library.  The reviews have been stellar—some quotes are below—along with the book trailer which will whet your appetite for this amazing story of one man’s journey into extremity. 

“Heart-wrenching…It is impossible to condense the rich, granular detail of Hillenbrand’s narrative…[her] triumph is that in telling Louie’s story (he’s now in his 90s), she tells the stories of thousands whose suffering has been mostly forgotten. She restores to our collective memory this tale of heroism, cruelty, life, death, joy, suffering, remorselessness, and redemption.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[Hillenbrand] returns with another dynamic, well-researched story of guts overcoming odds…Alternately stomach-wrenching, anger-arousing and spirit-lifting—and always gripping.”—Kirkus Reviews

“[Hillenbrand’s] skills are as polished as ever, and like its predecessor, this book has an impossible-to-put-down quality that one commonly associates with good thrillers.”—Booklist


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Ranked #4 in Amazon’s Top 10 Books of 2010!

National TV
Today Show—interview—11/16 (tentative air date)
Trinity Broadcasting Network—Praise The Lord—interview with Louis—11/30 tape date

National Radio
NPR—Weekend Edition Saturday—11/20
NPR—Diane Rehm Show—11/17

National Print
New York Times Book Review—11/21
New York Times—daily review by Janet Maslin—date to come
Time Magazine—full review by Lev Grossman (with photos)—11/12 on stands
Wall Street Journal—feature interview with Louis & Laura—11/12 (tentative run date)
More Magazine—recommended read—November issue
People Magazine—Book Picks (review, Q&A, photo of Louis)—11/12 on stands
Newsweek—feature interview & review—11/15
USA Today—feature interview—11/11)—cover of Life section
Wall Street Journal—review—date to come

#1 Indie Next Pick, December 2010

Countdown to Unbroken

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