That is the first sentence of Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. While this may not be my favorite book, it is an excellent book that will always stick with me. I have read many books. I have also forgotten about many books. But, there are those books over the years that stick with me for whatever reason. Maybe they speak to me in some way or are extraordinarily written or have a unique storytelling method. This particular book I remember as being very well written, telling a captivating story that was detailed, interesting, gripping and is poignant reminder about the realities of war.
I read this book about 2 years ago while on vacation. A more recent book that has struck one of my chords is Calico Joe by John Grisham, so I could have easily chosen to use that here as well. This book is about baseball so it is consistent with my preference of Grisham’s books that are not based on lawyers. Unfortunately that eliminates most of his novels from my reading list, but it’s a pretty full list already, so that’s okay.