Fire on the Track

I am definitely an inspirational biography fan. From “Hero Tales” by Dave and Neta Jackson when I was young to my freshman-year-of-college-read “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand, biographies have gripped and propelled me.

That’s why I picked up “Fire on the Track” by Roseanne Montillo. In the vein of “Unbroken,” this biography highlights the rise and triumph of several Olympic runners–living contemporary to Louis Zamperini, to boot. However, “Fire on the Track” also features its own novel-like writing style–at some points slowed down by this style, at others endowed with vivid form.

I recommend this biographical novel to anyone who enjoyed “Unbroken” or who likes to study the history of women in sports.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

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A Survivor to History

As I write this in 2017–years after the war in Syria began and nearly two decades after the U.S. War on Terror started–I hear little news of Al-Qaeda.

Yet, as of this week, I heard plenty of ISIS.

Through the eyes of one woman whose life was horrendously made captive to its cruelty.

The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity and My Fight Against the Islamic State by Nadia Murad is–for all its realness–a harrowing look inside of nations and hearts affected by terror. Nadia witnessed the deaths of her family members before being made a sex slave who had to answer to the whims of the IS. Today, no longer in captivity, Nadia shares her story–a story that, sadly, still has many echoes in the world.

I recommend this book to those who are not only interested in current world affairs but who truly care about the lives affected by those events.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.