On a May afternoon in 1943 an Olympic runner turned Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean. Driven to the limits of endurance by leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, and enemy aircraft, the bomber would answer desperation with ingenuity, suffering with hope, and human brutality with rebellion. The book is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.
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Recently retired, sweet, emotionally numb Harold Fry is jolted out of his passivity by a letter from Queenie Hennessy, an old friend, who he hasn't heard from in twenty years. She has written to say she is in hospice and wants to say goodbye. Leaving his tense, bitter wife Maureen to her chores, Harold intends a quick walk to the corner mailbox to post his reply but instead, inspired by a chance encounter, he becomes convinced he must deliver his message in person to Queenie--who is 600 miles away.
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David Stewart has left his job on Parliament Hill to join the team at a dog-eat-dog international PR firm in Toronto. Within his first few moments on the job he is assigned to a major project with the Canadian Space Agency and NASA to revitalize the public's interest in the CSA and NASA. David suggests the most out-of-this-world idea imaginable: hold a contest where two regular, Joe-Blow civilians accompany a shuttle mission for an orbit around the Earth.
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