The film, Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie opened last week. It is based on the best-selling book by Laura Hillenbrand. We spoke with her about the book and its subject, World War II hero, Louis Zamperini, when the book came out in 2010.
In the tradition of Oliver Sacks's The Island of the Colorblind, Rosemary Mahoney tells the story of Braille Without Borders, the first school for the blind in Tibet, and of a remarkable blind woman who founded the school. Fascinated and impressed by what she learned from the blind children of Tibet, Mahoney was moved to investigate further the cultural history of blindness.
By living among the blind, Rosemary Mahoney enables us to see them in fascinating close up, revealing their particular "quality of ease that seems to broadcast a fundamental connection to the world." Her book is For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches from the World of the Blind.
Jacqueline Kellachan from The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY joins us with this week's Book Picks list.
List: Norman Mailer: A Double Life by J. Michael Lennon Book of Ages: The Life and Opinion of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and The Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by K.G. Cambell True Blue Scouts of Sugarman Swamp by Kathi Apelt Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook by Dina Faconi, illustrated by Wendy Hollander Goodbye to All That Writers on Loving and Leaving New York edited by Sari Botton The Orphanmaster by Jeanne Zimmerman Down in The Chapel: Religous Life in an American Prison by Joshua Dubler Led Zepplin: The Oral History of The World's Greatest Rock Band by Barney Hoskyns
On November 5, 1942, a US cargo plane slammed into the Greenland Ice Cap. Four days later, the B-17 assigned to the search-and-rescue mission became lost in a blinding storm and also crashed. Miraculously, all nine men on board survived, and the US military launched a daring rescue operation. But the rescue mission wasn’t as easy or successful as the military had hoped.
Cat owners know you don’t own the animal, but the animal owns you. People know that cats are independent, aloof, and certainly don’t care whether or not you’re freezing while holding the door open waiting for them to come back inside. But on the other hand, it’s why we love cats, personify them, and use them as means to define our relationships. Okay, maybe not all of us do the last thing, but Peter Trachtenberg has. In his memoir Another Insane Devotion we see how he tackles his love of cats and persons.
Disasters take many forms, and we never know when they will strike. To help us be prepared for any situation, Rich Johnson and Outdoor Life have createdTheUltimate Survival Manual that will get us out alive.
Mediating Mental Health looks across fictional and factual genres in film, television and radio examining media constructions of mental health identity. It also questions the opinions of journalists, mental healthcare professionals and people with conditions with regard to mediated mental health meanings.