December Book Club

  • December 16, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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Holiday Book Swap! If you would like to join a holiday book swap please bring a gently used favorite book to swap.

Holiday Book Donation! If you would like to donate an upbeat adult book Taffy will drop them off.

This month's read:

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

by Nathaniel Philbrick

In the Heart of the Sea brings to new life the incredible story of the wreck of the whaleship Essex—an event as mythic in its own century as the Titanic disaster in ours, and the inspiration for the climax of Moby-Dick. In a harrowing page-turner, Nathaniel Philbrick restores this epic story to its rightful place in American history.

In 1820, the 240-ton Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage for whales. Fifteen months later, in the farthest reaches of the South Pacific, it was repeatedly rammed and sunk by an eighty-ton bull sperm whale. Its twenty-man crew, fearing cannibals on the islands to the west, made for the 3,000-mile-distant coast of South America in three tiny boats. During ninety days at sea under horrendous conditions, the survivors clung to life as one by one, they succumbed to hunger, thirst, disease, and fear.

In the Heart of the Sea tells perhaps the greatest sea story ever. Philbrick interweaves his account of this extraordinary ordeal of ordinary men with a wealth of whale lore and with a brilliantly detailed portrait of the lost, unique community of Nantucket whalers. Impeccably researched and beautifully told, the book delivers the ultimate portrait of man against nature, drawing on a remarkable range of archival and modern sources, including a long-lost account by the ship's cabin boy. At once a literary companion and a page-turner that speaks to the same issues of class, race, and man's relationship to nature that permeate the works of Melville, In the Heart of the Sea will endure as a vital work of American history.

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  • taffey /john l.

    great ...Kristi- Amazoned the Wrinkle book by her and mailed -Thanks so much ..Kathie, I ended up with Africa,lion, lady book . Title?

    December 18

  • Kathie

    Who ended up getting The Ocean at the End of the Lane? That was from me. :-)

    December 17

  • taffey /john l.

    Thanks so much to everyone for book donations to charity.I think the Free Clinic will be the best place after all. Will report next time. Gracious it is almost sinfull what fun we have at these get togethers.!
    I am going to LOVE reading the book I got , finally, at the book exchange. What a hoot:)
    Safe and Happy Holidays
    Love Ya'll
    Taffey

    2 · December 17

    • Kathie

      What book did you end up with?

      December 17

  • Julia E.

    Good friends, good book, good reviews, good book exchange, and good food. Couldn't ask for more!

    1 · December 17

  • Barbara

    I see a reservation opened up just now. Unfortunately,
    I am not feeling too well and just started the book, so
    can the next person on the waiting list go?

    December 16

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry I will not be able to attend. I will be out of state. I'm loving this book (as horrifying as it is!)

    December 15

  • Dianne J.

    My son is coming in early tomorrow so I had to cancel my reservation though I do not see my note anywhere on the page. I thought the book was mesmerizing and regret that I won't be there for the discussion or book swap.

    December 15

  • Kathy C.

    I hope this isn't too late, but I'm unable to join everyone tonight. I hope this gives someone a chance to go. Happy Holidays to all and I'll see you all in 2015.

    December 16

  • Barbara

    Hi- Is there a way to tell what # I am on the waiting list? Starting the book today in hope that I can attend!

    December 15

    • CherylAnn P.

      it looks like you are 6th on the wait list

      December 15

  • Janice T.

    This was one terrifying tale.

    December 6

    • Kathie

      Yes, especially for those who lived it. It reminded me if the book Alive, about the Peruvian sports team. That's also a good read.

      December 6

    • CherylAnn P.

      I agree!

      December 6

  • Donna

    I just finished this. What an incredible story of survival.

    1 · November 30

    • TERRI B.

      Have you read Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand?? Another great story of survival. excellent book.

      1 · November 30

    • Donna

      I have Terri, and I am looking forward to seeing the film when it comes out.

      November 30

  • Sophia

    I may or may not be able to make December bookclub meeting but You all enjoy, i just started today my very first group, if anyone is interested please contact too. God Bless you All and have a Happy Thanksgiving week ahead.

    Sincerely,
    sophia

    November 18

  • Janice T.

    I just started reading this, and I am liking it very much. Looks like a good choice!

    November 17

  • Chimi

    Heart of the Sea film is coming out 3/15. And the Light between the Oceans film is also coming out sometime in 2015. I guess we're good at picking books that will be made into films!

    1 · November 2

    • Donna

      I would much rather read the book first before seeing the film.

      1 · November 2

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