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Laura Hillenbrand

about the author of Seabiscuit
by

Joe Hubert

on 28 April 2010

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Laura Hillenbrand Childhood Born in 1967 in Fairfax, Virginia. Parents seperated when she was a child, leaving her mother to care for four children. Her mother was a psychologist Education As a young girl she was bright and athletic. She attaneded Kenoyon College in Grambler, Ohio For her junior year of college she was planning on transferring to the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Before she left she became very ill with an unexplainable sickness.
After months of recurring symptoms, she was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Laura Hillenbrand has been writing about history and Thoroughbred racing since 1988.
Her work has been in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times , USA Today, and more.
Her New Yorker article, "A Sudden Illness," won the 2003 National Magazine Award. Hillenbrands Writing "A terriblely unexpected chapter in my life"

Since the age of 19 Hillenbrand has experienced immense fatigue and many symptoms including pain and dizziness, which are often so great that she must lay in bed for weeks at a time. In the last 2 years she has only been capable of leaving her house on 2 occasions.
Seabiscuit's success Seabiscuit: An American Legend, ranked #1 on the New York Times' best seller lists for a total of 42 weeks.
won the Booksense Nonfiction Book of the Year award
the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award in Great Britain
The book was runner-up for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award
was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times book prize, and the Borders Original Voices prize Currently Hillenbrand is living in Washington, D.C. where she is working on her second book, a biography of Olympic athlete and WWII POW Louis Zamperini.
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