2011-12-22 / Editorial

Librarian’s Corner


War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption,” written by Laura Hillenbrand, is an amazing, heartwrenching read of real-life heroism. Hillenbrand’s narrative catapults the reader into the heart of World War II soldier Louie Zamperine and his interment in Japan’s most brutal POW camps, Omori and Naoetsu. Zamperine’s resilience and courage is shown as an example of his desire to survive.

Hillenbrand explores the early troubled youth of Zamperine and his quest and desire to attain Olympic gold in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. From his life in a small town in Torrance, Calif., to his struggle on his return, Hillenbrand brings to life an amazing story of courage, perseverance, forgiveness and the power of one man to be in control of his destiny.

The new biography, “Steve Jobs,” written by Walter Isaacson, is an exceptional read and not the only biography done by Isaacson. His previous studies include Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and Kissinger. Here, he brings his fine eye and experience to the biography of a genius and icon of our own time. Isaacson’s biography explores the enigma of a driven man and how that reflects on those who surround him.

He examines Jobs’ life from its earliest stages to his rise, fall and reinvention of the Apple company. In addition, Jobs’ personal life is laid bare for all to see. This book is so much more than the typical foray into the life of a paparazzi icon; this book is a tribute to a man of genius who was both driven and instrumental in shaping our world and future. There is no better author to portray a genius of our time.

The Jamestown Philomenian Library has both books in print and additional copies on our two new ereaders. E-readers are available to Jamestown residents only and can be reserved by calling the library at 423-7280 or by stopping in. The library’s e-readers circulate for three weeks, as do our print items. These e-readers have over 20 books and include “Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington and the Education of a President” by Ron Suskind; “Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President” by Candice Millard; “Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People and a Better World” by Joal Salatin; “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett; “The Paris Wife: A Novel” by Paula McLain; “Steve Jobs” by Isaacson; and “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption” by Hillenbrand.

For more information about our policy for loaning e-readers, please visit our website at jamestownri.com/library.

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