May Zoom Book Club -


"In the Heart of the Sea - The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex"

Monday, May 10th at 7PM in Zoom

In the Heart of the Sea
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National Bestseller and Winner of the 2000 National Book Award for Nonfiction

"The epic true-life story of one of the most notorious maritime disasters of the nineteenth century – and inspiration for ‘Moby-Dick’.  (Basis for the Ron Howard movie of the same title, starring Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker and Cillian Murphy).

When the whaleship Essex set sail from Nantucket in 1819, the unthinkable happened. A mere speck in the vast Pacific ocean – and powerless against the forces of nature – Essex was rammed and sunk by an enraged sperm whale, and her twenty crewmen were forced to take to the open sea in three small boats. Ninety days later only a handful of survivors were rescued – and a terrifying story of desperation, cannibalism and courage was revealed…

One of the greatest sea yarns ever spun, ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ is the true story of the extraordinary events that inspired Herman Melville’s masterpiece ‘Moby-Dick’".

This book is available from many local libraries, both as printed matter, as well as for download to Kindle or ebook, an audio book and a streaming/dvd movie.