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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Laurence Gonzales  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri

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Illinois Connection

Laurence Gonzales is a native of Evanston, Illinois. He has lived in Cook County since 1963.

Biographical and Professional Information

Laurence Gonzales was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up in Houston and San Antonio, Texas. He is the author of numerous books, including the bestseller Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why (W.W. Norton). Surviving Survival: The Art and Science of Resilience is the sequel to Deep Survival and is his most recent book. Gonzales has won two National Magazine Awards and the Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. He has appeared as a speaker before groups ranging from the Santa Fe Institute to Legg Mason Capital Management, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His most recent novel is Lucy.


The Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting on the Watergate scandal The Carl Sandburg Award for The Still Point Chicago Book of the Year for One Zero Charlie Named one of The Chicago Tribune's “Chicagoans of the Year” in the arts Gold and Bronze Awards in the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition National Magazine Award winner from the American Society of Magazine Editors in 2001 and 2002 for The Land of the Lost and The Rules of Adventure , both pieces for National Geographic Adventure Magazine. Emmy Award with the team of writers for the HBO series From the Earth to the Moon Producer, Tom Hanks

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Artificial horizon :
ISBN: 0933532520. OCLC Number: 13005386

BkMk Press-University of Missouri-Kansas City,. .

Deep survival :
ISBN: 9781433268434. OCLC Number: 277277551

Playaway Digital Audio :. .

After her plane crashes, a seventeen-year-old girl spends eleven days walking through the Peruvian jungle. Against all odds, with no food, shelter, or equipment, she gets out. A better-equipped group of adult survivors of the same crash sits down and dies. What makes the difference? Examining such stories of miraculous endurance and tragic death - how people get into trouble and how they get out again (or not) - Deep Survival takes us from the tops of snowy mountains and the depths of oceans to the workings of the brain that control our behavior.

Deep survival :
ISBN: 0393326152. OCLC Number: 57175040

W.W. Norton & Co.,. .

[This book] combines hard science and storytelling to illuminate the mysteries of survival, whether in the wilderness or in meeting any of life's great challenges. [It] describe[s] the art and science of survival, will change the way you see your world.-Back cover.

El vago /
ISBN: 0689113307. OCLC Number: 9111762

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A novel of love and war, the story of a man who rode with Zapata and Pancho Villa in the epic struggles of the Mexican Revolution.

Everyday survival :
ISBN: 9780792759089. OCLC Number: 318104184

BBC Audiobooks America,. .

Draws on cutting-edge science to offer additional insight into the ways human minds and bodies work, discussing how to apply lessons in evolutionary history to overcome everyday behavioral hazards.

Everyday survival :
ISBN: 0393058387. OCLC Number: 227016234

W.W. Norton & Co.,. .

Discusses how modern society makes people lazy and susceptible to threats if their curiosity, awareness, and attention are put aside in favor of a mental script that does not process natural laws and the physical requirements of a situation when survival is at stake.

ISBN: 0806512008. OCLC Number: 25244875

Carol Pub. Group,. .

Jambeaux /
ISBN: 0151460388. OCLC Number: 5219849

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,. .

Lucy :
ISBN: 9780307473905. OCLC Number: 676726723

Vintage Books,. .

The result of experimental breeding between a human and ape, fourteen-year-old Lucy is rescued from the Congo jungle where she has lived exclusively among apes and experiences stunning revelations about herself when she is relocated to a Chicago suburb.

Lucy :
ISBN: 0307272605. OCLC Number: 457148095

Alfred A Knopf,. .

Jenny Lowe, a primatologist studying chimpanzees, is running for her life with the child of a murdered fellow scientist after a civil war explodes. Jenny grabbing the notebooks of the primatologist who's been killed. She brings the girl to Chicago to await the discovery of her relatives. The girl is fifteen and lovely, her name is Lucy. Realizing that the child has no living relatives, Jenny begins to care for her as her own. When she reads the notebooks written by Lucy's father, she discovers that the adorable, lovely, magical Lucy is the result of an experiment. She is part human, part ape, a hybrid human being.

One Zero Charlie :
ISBN: 141657641X. OCLC Number: 946535743

Simon & Schuster Audio,. .

Galt Airport in northern Illinois is known to the people who fly out of it as "One-Zero-Charlie" (for its FAA designation as Airport 10C). This evocative excursion into a little-known part of the heart of America takes us to a place where a love of flying draws people together, and a fascination with its sheer exhilaration keeps them that way.

Surviving survival :
ISBN: 9780393346633. OCLC Number: 858005560

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Highlights the survivors of various traumas and describes their lives both before and after and offers a detailed discussion of the fear, courage, and flexibility of the spirit that drives people onward after a life-threatening experience.

Surviving survival :
ISBN: 0393083187. OCLC Number: 783160247

W.W. Norton,. .

Drawing on cases across a range of life-threatening experiences, Laurence Gonzales makes a compelling argument about fear, courage and the adaptability of the human spirit.

The hero's apprentice :
ISBN: 1557283605. OCLC Number: 30739513

University of Arkansas Press,. .

The last deal /
ISBN: 0689111991. OCLC Number: 7597653

Atheneum,. .

The still point
ISBN: 1557280800. OCLC Number: 19128680

University of Arkansas Press,. .