If you enjoyed reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand the Bellingham Library staff suggest you might also enjoy reading the following titles. Click on the title to go to the library catalog page to reserve the book. Or, if you are in the library, use the call number at the end of the description to find the title in the library.
An American Plague by Jim Murphy.
This is the true and terrifying story of the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793, centered in Philadelphia. Contains reproductions of period art and copies of newspaper articles. Call # YA614.5 MUR
Fatal Forecast by Michael J. Tougias.
Hurricane-force winds cripple two small lobster boats on their way to Georges Bank, a bountiful but perilous fishing ground 130 miles off the Massachusetts coast. This is a true tale of disaster and survival. Call # 910.9163 TOU
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston.
A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rainforest suddenly appears in Washington, D.C. A SWAT team and scientists are mobilized to stop its outbreak. This gives a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses. Call # 614.57 PRE
The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough.
In 1889 Johnstown, PA was a booming coal-and-steel town. An old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort. The dam burst, sending a wall of water thundering through Johnstown and killing more than 2,000 people. The author writes a richly textured account of this tragedy. Call # 974.8 MCC
Lost in Shangri-la by Mitchell Zuckoff.
This is the story of a World War II rescue mission. A plane crash in the South Pacific plunged a trio of U.S. military personnel into the jungle-clad land of New Guinea. Call # 940.54 ZUC
Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder.
Deo arrives in America from Burundi, having survived a Civil War and genocide. This is the story of one man’s inspiring American journey and of the ordinary people who helped him. Call # 921 DEO
The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman.
The true story of how the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands. Call # 940.53 ACK
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall.
Isolated by Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons, the Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. The author sets out to discover their secrets. Call # 796.42 MCD
Flyboys by James Bradley.
Nine American flyers during World War II were shot down by the Japanese over a remote Pacific island. Eight were captured and the one who escaped was George H.W. Bush, who would one day become President of the United States. The eight pilots captured disappeared, and in this book Bradley finally reveals their fate. Call # 940.54 BRA
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