Yesterday, I finished Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. First, without a doubt, even though it’s only February, I already know this will be the best book I read this year. Second, being as Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, it made me think about other books that I’ve read that have “heart,” and I don’t mean romance. I mean that they have a quality about them that either is heart-breaking, heart-wrenching or they are books full of heart or full of life, and when you read them, you often cry, sometimes laugh and just are amazed at this thing we call life.
This one definitely tops my list of books with heart. In 2008, I read three books that would make that list:
- Left To Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza with Steve Erwin.
- Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy by Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt and David L. Weaver-Zercher.
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.
Within the last two years (2009 and 2010), the only book(s) that I might include on a list of books with heart in the last two years would be Maus I and II by Art Spiegelman, and maybe Persepolis I and II by Marjane Satrapi. I might also include Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese that I read last year and was written the previous year, but that would be about it. Not surprisingly, all of the books mentioned were among my favorite books over the last few years.
So what books that you’ve read would you put on a list of “books with heart”?
For some reason, I thought of this clip about the Southpaw pitcher Kirby Kyle from the Woody Allen movie Radio Days, when I was thinking of “heart.” My mind works in weird ways.
For a quote from Hillenbrand’s book, see my post from yesterday.