THOMASTON — On Tuesday, July 16, at 2:30 p.m., the Thomaston Intergenerational Book Club will discuss Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand.
From the publisher:
"On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.
"The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.
"Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.”
On the third Tuesday of every month, the Intergenerational Book Club, a group of men and women of all ages, comes together at the library to share their opinions and ideas about the selected book.
All are welcome at the Thomaston Public Library. If you live in Thomaston and would like to attend but need a ride, call the library at (207) 354-2453 a week before the discussion date.
In August, the group will discuss Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve. Copies will be available to borrow at the library and through interlibrary loan.
For more information, contact the library at (207) 354-2453.
Thomaston Public Library
60 Main St.
Thomaston, ME 04861