SocialBooks by Rethink Books Video on YouTube provides an intriquing look at reading and books.
Henrietta Lack's story has sparked a lot of interest in medical research and medical ethics. Henrietta's cells called the HeLa strain were named after the first two letters of her first and last name. Her cells have been used since 1951 to help scientists learn more about how human cells behave in the laboratory. The study of HeLa cells have attributed significantly to the success of the polio vaccine and many other medical breakthroughs. It was 25 years before the Lack's family knew about the use of Henrietta's cells. Journalist Rebecca Skloot tracks down the source in her new book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Find out more about Henrietta Lacks and why her cells are so important. See photos from Smithsonian.com of Henrietta and David Lacks.
Success magazine's video Louis Zamperini on being a Prisoner of War is a short funny interview with Louie Zamperini. In a little over a minute you can get an idea of Louie's sense of humor.
Jason A. Moser and Tom Gardner from The Motley Fool discuss leadership and Louis Zamperini for their Rising Star Portfolio series. Gardener inspired by his life and human spirit recently interviewed the 93 year old, Louis Zamperini. He identifies some key leadership qualities Zamperini exemplifies then writes how those qualities apply to the business world.
Gardner writes, "Great leaders have to be all in; there is no going halfway." There are so many examples of Zamperini doing just that. When he was ordered to race against a Japanese civilian while he was a prisoner of war. He didn't want to do it but all the prisoners were to be punished if he refused. He had no intention of winning, but as he ran he thought about all the humiliation he had suffered. Something just came over him and he won the race.
Read more from the 4 part interview between Tom Gardner and Louis Zamperini.
I'd like to recommend Books on the Nightstand blog. It is written by Ann Kingman and Michael Kindness, two lifelong readers who work in the publishing industry. They have put together a terrific resource for readers. Books on the Nightstand provides book recommendations, and a behind-the-scenes look at the world of books. They offer frequent blog posts, weekly podcasts and a yearly reader retreat. On there most recent podcast, they talks about Better Book Titles, Coverspy, and Bookrageous all on Tumblr. They share the books they want to read and what they can't wait for you to read.
Laura Hillenbrand's life changed after a car accident in 1987. She was 19 years old. Within days after the accident, she struggled with weakness and a blood test for Epstein-Barr confirmed she had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The disease has left her confined to her home.
After writing "Seabiscuit," she suffered a relapse and did not leave her house for two years. 10 years later after much effort, she released "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption," about the life of Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic distance runner and bombardier. Most of the story about Louis Zamperini was communicated by telephone and in fact, she has never met him face to face. Laura Hillenbrand has managed to triumph over adversity to write two bestselling and inspiring books about transcending obstacles. Hillenbrand knows a thing or two about overcoming adversity, she lives with it every day.
Read more about Laura's struggles with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in an interview with The Washington Post.
Another interesting article can be found at GoErie's article Hillenbrand's inspiring "Unbroken" recalls authors own struggles.
Steve Oney, from the Wall Street Journal interviews Louis Zamperini and Laura Hillenbrand about the special bond they developed during the writing of Unbroken in his article, The Defiant Ones.
Manju Kak writes an interesting article for Women's Voices for Change, titled Second Read: How Franzen's Freedom Looks to India. She says that what makes Freedom such an important book is the fact that it "typifies" the American middle class for the people that live outside the U.S. Kak lives in New Delhi and is Media in Charge of the All India Women’s Conference.
Want to know more about the author of The Painted Veil? W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) one of the most prolific writers of the the 20th century, kept his personal life private. His most famous works include Of Human Bondage and The Razor's Edge. He lived a fascinating life- publicly living the high society life in England and the US and privately suffered anguish from keeping many dark secrets. Bibliographer Shelia Hastings is the first to have permission to quote from his private papers. The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham is a must read for bibliophiles.
Student, writer, blogger, and editorial intern at Milkweed Editions, Ann Mayhew has an ambitious summer reading list like most of us.Check out her website readingthroughcollege for a fun post on Jonathan Franzen's Freedom called Freedom to Choose our Great Novels.
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