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  • Author(s): Hoffert, Barbara
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    Library Journal. June 15, 2014, Vol. 139 Issue 11, p61, 4 p.
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      The first word on titles and trends JUST IN: FICTION, AUG.-OCT. Carter, Stephen L. Back Channel. Knopf. Aug. 2014. 464p. ISBN 9780385349604. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385349611. MYSTERY [...]
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      HOFFERT, B. Prepub alert. Library Journal, [s. l.], v. 139, n. 11, p. 61, 2014. Disponível em: Acesso em: 27 maio. 2020.
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      Hoffert B. Prepub alert. Library Journal. 2014;139(11):61. Accessed May 27, 2020.
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      Hoffert, B. (2014, June 15). Prepub alert. Library Journal, 139(11), 61.
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      Hoffert, Barbara. 2014. “Prepub Alert.” Library Journal, June 15.
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      Hoffert, B. (2014) ‘Prepub alert’, Library Journal, 15 June, p. 61. Available at: (Accessed: 27 May 2020).
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      Hoffert, B 2014, ‘Prepub alert’, Library Journal, vol. 139, no. 11, p. 61, viewed 27 May 2020, .
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      Hoffert, Barbara. “Prepub Alert.” Library Journal, June 15, 2014.
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PW Reviews 2014 September #5

Though the life of 1936 Olympic athlete and WWII POW Zamperini was indeed extraordinary, the "life lessons" collected in this posthumously published work (Zamperini died in 2014) prove disappointingly commonplace. The insights he shared with coauthor Rensin tend toward the broadly general, such as, at the start of a chapter on survival, "Life on earth is dangerous: you should be prepared for anything." A section entitled "Anyone Can Turn Their Life Around," meanwhile, strikes a surprisingly Pollyannaish note. Zamperini, with his extensive experience of peril, shares his counsel for dealing with dangerous situations, such as the eccentric earthquake-readiness tip to always keep a hard hat and pair of heavy shoes by one's bedside. He seems less charming than reckless when he cheerfully describes playing "pranks," including one that could have led to a fatal air accident. Zamperini's willingness to forgive the sadistic Japanese officer who tormented him in captivity is moving, but his statement that "true forgiveness goes hand in hand with no longer condemning" may strike readers as an overly lenient attitude toward evil. Admirers of this extraordinary hero may prefer to stick with Laura Hillenbrand's biography, Unbroken, and Zamperini's own autobiography, Devil at My Heels. (Nov.)

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