Nonfiction Book Club
Our discussions take place in our Community Room unless otherwise indicated. Copies of the books for discussion are available at our Checkout Desk for readers registering for the discussion.
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
by Nathaniel Philbrick
Tuesday, September 2, at 7:00 p.m.
The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the twentieth. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with twenty crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than ninety days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival. Nathaniel Philbrick uses little-known documents-including a long-lost account written by the ship’s cabin boy-and penetrating details about whaling and the Nantucket community to reveal the chilling events surrounding this epic maritime disaster. A movie version of this book will soon be released directed by Ron Howard and starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson.
This discussion will be held upstairs in the library. Please note the time change from past discussions to 7:00 p.m.