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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

-- Laurence Gonzales on WorldCat --

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.

Published Works

  • Jambeaux, Harcourt, 1979
  • The Last Deal, Atheneum, 1981
  • El Vago, Atheneum, 1983
  • Artificial Horizon, University of Missouri, 1986
  • The Still Point, University of Arkansas Press, 1989
  • One Zero Charlie, Simon & Schuster, 1992
  • The Hero's Apprentice, University of Arkansas Press, 1994
  • Deep Survival, W.W. Norton & Company, 2003
  • Everyday Survival, W.W. Norton & Company, 2008
  • Lucy, Knopf, 2010
  • ''Surviving Survival: The Art and Science of Resilience, W.W.Norton & Company, 2012

Selected Titles At Your Library

Jambeaux /
ISBN: 0151460388. OCLC Number:

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,. New York :. ©1979.

The last deal /
ISBN: 0689111991. OCLC Number:

Atheneum,. New York :. 1981.

El vago /
ISBN: 0689113307. OCLC Number:

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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.

Artificial horizon :
ISBN: 0933532520. OCLC Number:

BkMk Press-University of Missouri-Kansas City,. Kansas City :. ©1986.

The still point /
ISBN: 1557280819. OCLC Number:

University of Arkansas Press,. Fayetteville :. 1989.

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

Simon & Schuster Audio,. New York :. 2015.

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.

The hero's apprentice :
ISBN: 1557283613. OCLC Number:

University of Arkansas Press,. Fayetteville :. 1994.

Deep survival :
ISBN: 0393326152. OCLC Number:

W.W. Norton & Co.,. New York :. 2004.

[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.

Everyday survival :
ISBN: 0393058387. OCLC Number:

W.W. Norton & Co.,. New York :. ©2008.

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.

Lucy :
ISBN: 0307272605. OCLC Number:

Alfred A Knopf,. New York :. 2010.

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.

Surviving survival :
ISBN: 0393083187. OCLC Number:

W.W. Norton,. New York :. ©2012.

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 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


    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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