Books for the Ages

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At the end of a long day, there is nothing that I appreciate more than spending time getting lost in an engrossing book. While I didn’t necessarily consider myself a nerd when I was growing up, I did devote a fair amount of free time reading books for pleasure. Life became busier and my discretionary time shrank.  The result was a lot less reading.  Eventually it became so bad that I went for several years without reading a single book at all.  This all changed however, when my wife bought me an Amazon Kindle for my birthday four years ago.  I’ve somehow managed to find the time since then to have read a total of 67 books!  I enjoy all types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, but for this week’s article I thought I would pass along several non-fiction, inspirational “gems” that I thought were fairly unique and worth passing along:

  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Daniel James Brown) – A period piece of how an unlikely team of rowers exceeded expectations. 
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild (Lawrence Anthony) – A wild game reserve owner imports an interesting mix of elephants.
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (Laura Hillenbrand) – A former Olympic hero survives a plane crash and many other tribulations.
  • The Emerald Mile:  The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon by (Kevin Fedarko) – A wooden boat taking advantage of weather superstorm.
  • The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible (Leon Leyson) – A Polish holocaust survivor with a remarkable tale.
  • Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage (Alfred Lansing) – Doomed exploration vessel is bound in Antarctic ice. 
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope (William Kamkwamba) – An African boy who defies many odds to become successful.

No matter what the topic, if there have been any books that you feel have been exceptional; please feel free to pass along their names to me.  Hopefully I will be able to add them to my next booklist.  

This article was written by Thomas H. Fletcher