This well-researched novel has been hailed as "the true story of Moby Dick." Author Nathaniel Philbrick does a masterful job of delivering the harrowing tale of survival for crew members aboard the ill-fated ship The Essex in 1820. His writing style is so vivid and detailed you almost feel yourself walking the streets of Nantucket and sailing on a whaling ship. The horrific tragedy that struck the crew of Essex borders on the unthinkable, and the manner in which they chose to make the best odds......more
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Forget January 1. As the parent of a school-age child, the first day of school rings in the real New Year where the optimism shines as brightly as the new first-day-of-school outfit. My son, though, has never been able to fully revel in this joyful season. Instead of inspiring him with talk of a new start or lofty resolutions, his ever cynical mother can offer only real-life, social-doom-related adages, such as never ever leave your lunch tray unattended at any time for any reason or let you...
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