And the winner is…

Readers from across Sarasota County have selected “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand as the One Book.

“Unbroken”has spent nearly 100 consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, been hailed by TIME Magazine as the best nonfiction book of the year and has won the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year Award for Nonfiction.

Thousands of votes were cast for the book that tells the true story of Louis Zamperini, who has led an incredible life. Zamperini competed on the 1936 U.S. Olympic Track Team in Berlin, crashed his Army Air Force bomber into the Pacific Ocean during WWII, was lost at sea for 47 days, and served time as a Japanese prisoner of war.

As in years past, One Book community partners include high schools, New College of Florida, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Asolo Repertory Theatre, the Sarasota Herald Tribune Community Center and area bookstores.

Since 2003, Sarasota County Libraries and the One Book, One Community supporting organizations have annually promoted this popular read-together project that engages the community in discussion. Look on the One Book, One Community website,, for a calendar of events featuring discussions and programs about “Unbroken” at the nine Sarasota County public libraries and participating One Book partners.

For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 or check back here.

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