The Stowaway by Laurie Gwen Shapiro

The Stowaway

The spectacular, true story of a scrappy teenager from New York’s Lower East Side who stowed away on the Roaring Twenties’ most remarkable feat of science and daring: an expedition to Antarctica.It was 1928: a time of illicit booze, of Gatsby and Babe Ruth, of freewheeling fun. The Great War was over and American optimism was higher than the stock market. What better moment to launch an expedition to Antarctica, the planet’s final frontier?...

Details The Stowaway

TitleThe Stowaway
Release DateJan 16th, 2018
PublisherSimon Schuster
GenreNonfiction, History, Biography, Travel, Adventure

Reviews The Stowaway

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
    ❄ 4 adventurous, Antarctic stars to The Stowaway ❄ I enjoy reading nonfiction, and it’s a delight when I read nonfiction that feels like fiction. I would say this particular book feels mostly like fiction, but it is a bit on the detailed side. This worked perfectly for me, but I wanted to mention it for fiction fans who might be considering this book. What fascinated me from the start is I was yet again reading about the 1920s in the United...
  • Faith
    In 1928, Billy Gawronski was the 17 year old son of a Polish immigrant family that once lived in the lower east side of Manhattan. He was looking for more adventure than he would find by joining his father's interior decorating business and he became obsessed with Antarctica. After repeated attempts, he managed to successfully stow away on one of the ships headed to Antartica as part of Richard Byrd's first expedition. I was expecting an adventur...
  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 review soon.
  • Andy Weston
    As a reader of almost anything that is polar discovery based, especially historical, I was really disappointed by this. It is the story of a young man, Billy Gawronski, Who stows away on Commander Byrd’s voyage of 1928 and mission to fly the first plane over Antarctica. Though Shapiro has done the necessary research, she fails in the ability to tell a story. It reads like a Wikipedia page. Inevitably I make comparisons to other recent polar dis...
  • The Captain
    Ahoy there me mateys! Though this log’s focus is on sci-fi, fantasy, and young adult, this Captain does have broader reading tastes. So occasionally I will share some novels that I enjoyed that are off the charts (a non sci-fi, fantasy, or young adult novel), as it were. I received this non-fiction eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .This novel was recommended by stephanie @ adventuresofabibli...
  • Cynthia
    The Stowaway starts with a great opening and continues as a tightly written narrative. It's an entertaining non-fiction that reads like fiction. Plucky Billy Gawronski is a highly likable, smart-aleck, teenager who stows away on Admiral Byrd's ship to Antartica. What's special about this book is that I wanted to know more about Billy as he aged - he became a friend. Laurie Shapiro describes the many real individuals with a light, caring and amusi...
  • Valerity (Val)
    An enjoyable, well written and researched true story about a recent high school graduate Billy Gawronski, who fears being resigned to a life in his father's upholstery business, while he dreams of a life of adventure. He wants permission to go off and join his hero Admiral Richard Byrd who is about to embark on an expedition to Antarctica, but his father has refused, and now it's far too late to apply. He is determined to stow away if necessary, ...
  • Jennifer S. Brown
    What an amazing story about a young man who is a stowaway on then-Commander Byrd's Antarctic expedition in 1928. I normally gravitate toward fiction, but this book gripped me, and I read it in a single day. The balance between background/history and adventure story was perfect, and a clear picture, through Shapiro's use of great details, emerged of both the times and the exploits of the crew. I developed a real connection to Billy Gawronski (and ...
  • Marika
    In 1928, Admiral Richard Byrd decided to explore the unknown..the Antarctica. At that time going to Antarctica was the last frontier to conquer on earth and just the idea of his attempting this voyage was the stuff of legends. Thousands of men and women wanted to be a part of Byrd's adventure, and even members of the Rockefeller and Vanderbilt family begged to be allowed to come along. Then you meet Billy Gawronski, a 17 year old from New York wh...
  • megs_bookrack
    'Wherever you're from, there's always somewhere more exciting.'Excellent - a rollicking, fun ride to the edge of the earth and back! The story of Billy Gawronski is one that I had never heard before but I feel like now, it will be one that I never forget. A true tale of perseverance and adventure. Young Billy dreamed of traveling to far off places and saw his dreams become a reality when the infamous Admiral Byrd planned an excursion from NYC, wh...
  • Donna Hines
    Extraordinary! Exquisite! A spectacular true account of a young NY boy Billy Gawronski and his determination to make a name for himself on an expedition that would go down in history as one of the greats.I'm in awe of this story as I've never heard about the Stowaway and was mesmerized by this story. A remarkable feat considering the roaring 20's and early 30's during The Great Depression , Prohibition and the ending of the Great War.Everyone wan...
  • Bonnye Reed
    GNab Laurie Gwen Shapiro has done an exquisite job of bringing to life the times and trials of that Polish stowaway 'Billy' Gawronski. Her author's note following this work, telling of the steps and luck involved in uncovering the story of the life of this stowaway is as extraordinary as the tale itself. This is a book I was not able to put down.Every decision Billy makes, from the approach most hidden while swimming through the dark port waters ...
  • Melanie
    Adventures change you. Let's say, I have never been one to have looked out new adventures. I am that girl who prefers not to have surprises, and to have complete control over my life. I have definitely never been an adventure-junkie.I am still not, but I have learned to appreciate change and recognize that, without it, your life will be dull, you will never learn to take what life throws at you, and you never grow. A few years ago, I went to Cost...
  • Luanne Ollivier
    I am not a winter person at all. But a recent cold, blustery week seemed like the perfect setting to listen to Laurie Gwen Shapiro's latest book - The Stowaway: A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica.While adventures and tales can by imagined by authors, sometimes the most intriguing and captivating stories are those plucked from real life. Such is the case of Billy Gawronski. In 1928, Billy was a seventeen year old high school stude...
  • Kathy
    Looking at the other reviews, I am definitely in the minority with regards to this book!I am a big fan of historical books; I find learning about other time periods and how life was then fascinating. I am also a big fan of biographies because I love the feeling of getting to know a person, seeing what shaped their life. Putting the two together, I thought The Stowaway would carry me away with young Billy on his adventure to travel with Admiral By...
  • Joe Jones
    Billy Gawronski wanted something more than just working in the family business in late 1920's New York City. He had a dream of adventure and exploration. Richard Byrd's planned trip to Antarctica was just the ticket and nothing was going to stop Billy from joining the crew. Even if he had to stowaway. More than once! A fascinating tale I knew nothing about brought to life. And what a life Billy led. History buffs, adventure fans, and those just l...
  • Allen Adams
    2018-01-23 would you be willing to do to gain the opportunity to experience an adventure of a lifetime? What risks would you take to take part in something historic? How far would you go? Would you travel to the ends of the earth?For Billy Gawronski, the answer to that last question was “Yes.”Young Billy is the star of Laurie Gwen Shapiro’s new book “The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure t...
  • Gaynor
    Born into one of the most exciting and dramatic era’s in history, the sense of ambition and innovation of the 1920s is not lost on 17 year old Billy Gawronski. The author depicts the era well and brings to life the history of Billy’s family and the events leading up to his standing on the Hoboken dockside, gazing upon the soon to set sail ‘City of New York’, and hatching an outlandish plan to stow away to the South Pole. Suitable for read...
  • Laura Chase
    enjoyed it! Loved the tenacisiosness of Billy and his spunk
  • Dramatika
    Rather disappointing book stretched too thin to provide any real story of the one in a lifetime time adventure of young man. It is just not that interesting, at least not enough for a whole book. It would probably work better as a collection of stories on various stowaways and other unlikely participants of the Arctic exploration. Billy was the young boy, dreaming of adventure, as many other people were at that time. Arctic exploration was all th...
  • Jacob
    I received a free copy of this book through The Goodreads Giveaway program. The Stowaway: A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica delivers on its title. It is an account of the frequently misspelled adventures of Billy Gawronski determination to be part of Richard Byrd's 1928 Antarctic exploration expedition. Gawronski manages to be part of this adventure by stowing away, not once but three times. He succeeds and gets to be part of t...
  • Zohar -
    The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica by Laurie Gwen Shapiro is the story of an American boy, of Polish origins, who stowed away on a ship planning to join Admiral Robert Byrd’s Antarctica expedition in the late 1920s. Ms. Shapiro is a talented writer and filmmaker.This book right up my alley. A story of adventure, guts, gumption set in an era where these things actually mattered.An era where exploration of the Ear...
  • Eugene Rodgers
    Fiction author and nonfiction article writer, Laurie Gwen Shapiro, has written her first nonfiction book, “The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica,” published by Simon & Schuster (239 pages with index, notes, and bibliography). The slice-of-life book tells the story of a 17-year-old boy, born in 1910 to immigrants in a Polish neighborhood in New York City’s Lower East Side, who stowed away on a ship of Commander ...
  • Lisa Cleveland
    Ms. Shapiro brought this amazing story to life. It reads like fiction, but it's not. No stuffy professor, boring, dust ridden, dry reading here. Billy is someone I admire. The guy had chutzpah! I'll confess to being a bit envious. There are oftentimes that I wish I had discovered my love of the Northern Arctic much earlier in life. Would it have made a difference? Ach, probably not. Thankfully I have fantastic books like this. If you like tale of...
  • Christopher Lawson
    Billy stayed awake hours into the night, guessing the right moment to jump off the pierIn THE STOWAWAY, author Laurie Gwen Shapiro tells the incredible story of determined stowaway Billy Gawronski, who actually made it all the way to Antarctica. Billy didn’t really have much of a plan--he would just appeal to the mercy of Commander Byrd, who reportedly, “liked stowaways.” For his first attempt, Billy swam to the ship “covered in river scu...
  • Chris
    An adventurous spirit coupled with unwavering persistence helped Billy Gawronski, the 17-year-old son of Polish immigrants, realize his dream. In 1928, he stowed away on one of two ships in the Byrd Expedition led by Richard E. Byrd. Byrd’s mission was to establish a base in Antarctica and be the first person to fly over the South Pole.“The Stowaway, a Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica,” by Laurie Gwen Shapiro, tells Gawro...
  • Ericka Seidemann
    This is the story of seventeen-year-old Billy Gawronksi, a stowaway (after a few attempts) on the ship Eleanor Bolling that followed Admiral Richard Byrd’s flagship to Antarctica. In the late 1920s, Byrd-mania had swept through America, igniting the imaginations of youth in New York City where his ships were docked before his grand polar adventure. Young Billy was not going to fall victim to a sad existence of life working in his father’s uph...
  • Jenn
    The year was 1928. The Great War was over. America was optimistic. What better time to launch an expedition to Antarctica? Not a whole lot was known about the planet's final frontier. Almost everybody wanted to join Admiral Byrd on his journey, even the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts begged to be taken on as mess boys. Young Billy Gawronski was no different. The skinny New York City high-schooler begged his father to sign the paper to let him go, b...
  • Renee
    This work of nonfiction covers the story of William "Billy" Gawronski, the son of Polish immigrants who is living in New York City during the 1920s -- a time of great American pride and an insatiable thirst for adventure. When pilot and explorer Richard Byrd announced elaborate plans for an expedition to the South Pole and a winter stay in Antarctica, 18-year-old Billy knows exactly where he wants to be: on that ship, at all costs. So in the wee ...
  • Casey Wheeler
    I received a free Kindle copy of The Stowaway by Laurie Gwen Shaprio courtesy of Net Galley and Simon and Shuster, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.I requested this book as I the subject of the book sounded interesting. This is the first book by Lau...