Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
This is the biography of Louis Zamperini, an Italian American, an Olympic athlete, an officer in the Army Air Corps during WWII. I'm about a quarter of the way in, and his plane just went down in shark-infested water.
I'm not usually into war stories, but I'm reading this one for two reasons.
One: I loved the author's previous book, Seabiscuit. She has a way of bringing an amazing amount of research into a gripping story instead of just a list of events.
Two: though my father served in the Pacific Theater of WWII, I know very little about it, so I'm reading this now in honor of my dad's upcoming birthday. I can almost imagine that I might see his face in the background of a photo. I can't believe he has been gone for over twenty years. Sunday would be his 103rd birthday. (Why yes, I was born to my parents rather late...maybe not by today's standard, but certainly by THAT day's standard. Don't get me started on my whole 'old egg' rant.)