Favourite books of Laura Hillenbrand

Laura Hillenbrand

Laura Hillenbrand is an American author of books and magazine articles.

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This account of the shooting of James Garfield and the frantic effort to save his life, including the extraordinary labors of Alexander Graham Bell to invent a device to detect the bullet in the president’s body, had me enthralled. It is a story of an insane assassin, tragically misguided physicians, a genius’ inspiration, and a brilliant, generous-hearted president who suffered and died with dignity and grace. In these well-crafted pages, I came to love Garfield so much that I wept upon losing him.

Presents an account of the twentieth president's political career, offering insight into his background as a scholar and Civil War hero, his battles against the corrupt establishment, and Alexander Graham Bell's failed attempt to save him from an assassin's bullet.

The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle, Tyler Hamilton, Daniel Coyle

Laura Hillenbrand recommends The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France

A fascinating memoir of an elite cyclist in the doping-saturated world of Lance Armstrong, this book is so much more than a sports expose. It is a painfully honest, intelligent and deeply insightful exploration of moral conflict, the repercussions of living a lie, and the catharsis of coming clean.

A once top-ranked cyclist chronicles his downfall after testing positive for doping after winning gold at the 2004 Olympics while also addressing the practice's pervasiveness in the sport and his relationship with Lance Armstrong.

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

Laura Hillenbrand recommends The Art of Fielding

This novel about five earnest, lost people, their lives interwoven on a small college campus, is poignant and exquisitely observed. The opening passages, in which a slender boy fields hits on a baseball field, are so gorgeously written that I was instantly rapt. Harbach won me with his first words and held me to his last.

At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended. Henry's fight against self-doubt threatens to ruin his future. College president Guert Affenlight, a longtime bachelor, has fallen unexpectedly and helplessly in love. Owen Dunne, Henry's gay roommate and teammate, becomes caught up in a dangerous affair. Mike Schwartz, the Harpooners' team captain and Henry's best friend, realizes he has guided Henry's career at the expense of his own. And Pella Affenlight, Guert's daughter, returns to Westish after escaping an ill-fated marriage, determined to start a new life. As the season counts down to its climactic final game, these five are forced to confront their deepest hopes, anxieties, and secrets. In the process they forge new bonds, and help one another find their true paths. Written with boundless intelligence and filled with the tenderness of youth, The Art of Fielding is an expansive, warmhearted novel about ambition and its limits, about family and friendship and love, and about commitment--to oneself and to others.

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