American author of nonfiction books and essays, including Seabiscuit: An American Legend.
She attended Kenyon College in Ohio, but was forced to withdraw when she developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Seabiscuit, her first novel, won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year in 2001.
She married Borden Flanagan, her college sweetheart, in 2008.
Angelina Jolie directed the film adaptation of her second book, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption about Louis Zamperini.