Newhouse alumna's book about south pole stowaway reviewed by New York Times

March 16, 2018
A photo of Laurie Gwen Shapiro '88
Laurie Gwen Shapiro '88

The New York Times reviewed "The Stowaway: A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica," written by award-winning documentary filmmaker Laurie Gwen Shapiro '88, a graduate of the Newhouse School's television, radio and film program.

"The Stowaway" tells the story of young Billy Gawronski, the son of a Polish upholsterer who was determined to stow away on Richard Byrd's historic trip to Antarctica, and is reviewed for The New York Times by Michael Paterniti:

"The tale that follows doesn’t raise Billy above what he is, a bit player who in the end isn’t chosen to winter with Byrd on the frozen continent, but he’s not without his moments of heroism, and besides, to the consuming public at home, substance here matters less than the quixotic journey. For this brief moment, Shapiro’s Billy is our Bachelor, our YouTube star. He’s the kid who frees himself from destiny to forge his own, leapfrogging class, symbolizing our wanderlust and the power of imagination over expectation."

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Image of the cover of Laurie Gwen Shapiro's book, The Stowaway
The Stowaway: A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica