From a dramatic tale adapted by Angelina Jolie to a look at Queen Elizabeth, here's what PEOPLE staffers are reading this week
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Who doesn’t need a little uplift?

This week our staffers are finding inspiration in a POW who never gave up, an intuitive’s ideas on fate and free will, and the Queen (Mrs. Keep-calm-and-carry-on herself).

Check out our picks, then share your thoughts and let us know what you’re reading.

Michelle Tauber, Senior Writer

Her pick:

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

This true story of Louis Zamperini, a former Olympian who survived horrible brutality as an American POW in World War II Japan, is truly epic. From its lost-at-sea opening – complete with circling sharks! – the book unspools with cinematic grandeur. Angelina Jolie is directing the movie version. Will Brad Pitt play the super-humanly resilient Mr. Z? I could see it.

Julie Farin, Senior PR Manager
Her pick: Transforming Fate Into Destiny by Robert Ohotto

I love books in the spirituality genre that try to shed light on life’s great mysteries. If you’ve ever asked yourself, “Why am I here? What purpose do I serve?”, then you’ll enjoy this book by intuitive and radio host Ohotto. Think of it as a print version of The Adjustment Bureau, where life’s coincidences and everyday encounters are actually keys to a much bigger picture.

James Miller, Assistant Photo Editor

His pick:

I’m an ardent royal watcher (so it’s perfect that my job means hours of looking at photos of the Duchess of Cambridge.) This is a really good book that gives you a glimpse of the Queen’s personality, how she handles the mass of people in constant orbit around her, and how she deftly navigates any situation with a sense of duty and a sense of humor.

More Of What We’re Reading:

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