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In the Heart of the Sea
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex | Nathaniel Philbrick
From the author of the forthcoming book, Valiant Ambition, the riveting and critically acclaimed bestseller, soon to be a major motion picture starring Chris Hemsworth, directed by Ron Howard, premiering on December 11, 2015Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson will star in a new film based on this National Book Awardwinning account of the true events behind Moby Dick.In 1820, the whaleship Essex was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale, leaving the desperate crew to drift for more than ninety days in three tiny boats. Nathaniel Philbrick uses little-known documents and vivid details about the Nantucket whaling tradition to reveal the chilling facts of this infamous maritime disaster. In the Heart of the Seaand now, its epic adaptation for the screenwill forever place the Essex tragedy in the American historical canon.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Skygoddess1
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Now that I‘ve finally read Moby Dick, it‘s time to read the true story that inspired Herman Melville. #NFNov #currentread

Reagan-reads I found the beginning a bit of a challenge to get through, but overall outstanding! 4w
Clwojick 1 pt. 4w
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mellissimo
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Pickpick

I found this book in a second hand bookshop and finished it in one sitting. I didn't know anything about the Essex or Nantucket before and it was very fascinating. Usually I'm not a big fan of non fiction books but this one is written very captivating.

🔸And again I haven't been on Litsy for a while. I can't even explain it. Sometimes I just have phases where I am more of an offline person.😅But now I am excited to post and participate again! 😊

DrexEdit Totally have those phases myself! Welcome back! 😊 3mo
Tanisha_A Happy to see you back! ☺️ 3mo
DivineDiana Glad you‘re back! 🙂 3mo
Crazeedi Please tell you dear maman that I received her letter and I will be writing soon! Tell her she made my day! 3mo
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Sdkpac

I have enjoyed all of Philbrick‘s books, but I do think this is my favorite. Like many, after reading it I felt it was finally time to tackle Moby Dick. I can‘t believe I waited so long to read Moby because I am absolutely loving it.

Geeklet Lol, I did the exact same thing this year. I really enjoyed In the Heart of the Sea. It‘s such an amazing tale. I didn‘t really care for Moby Dick as much. I still need to finish it, I have like 40% left. (edited) 4mo
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CrowCAH
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#TallShipCelebration #TSC2019 #Sea

A possible book to movie reading and viewing? Have to watch out for those killer whales 🐋!

DGRachel This was a really good book. 5mo
CrowCAH @DGRachel good to know. It‘s on the TBR, just have to read it! 🐳 5mo
ValerieAndBooks I read this along with Moby-Dick ! 5mo
CrowCAH @ValerieAndBooks sweet; I bet that was a great read-along and comparison! 5mo
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CrowCAH
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#MarchIntoThe70s #HungryHeart
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=boJhWtw-6Gg

This whale 🐋 had a hungry heart for man flesh!

lover.of.the.classics This is one of those books that I kinda want to read but also I know how it goes so I kinda don‘t want to read it.😞 9mo
Cinfhen Yes!!! I feel the same way @lover.of.the.classics 9mo
Sdkpac Doesn‘t matter, it‘s still an amazing story and worth the time. 4mo
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diovival
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Day 16: #intothemystic #marchintothe70s

🎶 Hark, now hear the sailors cry
Smell the sea and feel the sky
Let your soul and spirit fly
Into the mystic 🎶

@Lizpixie @Cinfhen

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CrowCAH
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#MarchIntoThe70s #WildWorld
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=k_0U3DlLFSU

It sure is a wild world when a sperm whale 🐋 attaches a ship!

This is a book I‘m going to read this year and watch the movie afterwards.

PirateJenny Changes were made for the movie of course. Pollard is more likeable in the movie. But I enjoyed it (Hemsworth!). When you've finished reading the book, you need to watch the video of a song two schoolkids did about it as a project. It is hysterical. 9mo
Cinfhen This has been on my TBR ( not owned) for so long. Must finally read to. Especially since I love expeditions and whaling adventures 9mo
CrowCAH @PirateJenny I‘ll most certainly track down that video! 9mo
CrowCAH @Cinfhen then you should read it! 🐳 9mo
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Pickpick

This was a very interesting story that was very well done. I didn‘t really know anything about Nantucket or the Essex before reading this book but Philbrick did an excellent job leading me through the story. I haven‘t seen the movie but I‘m not sure if it could hold a candle to this wonderful book.

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Pickpick

I was shocked at how much I enjoyed this! I‘m not typically a voluntary reader of nonfiction, but the way this is written with more of a fictionalized, narrative feel rather than a “textbook” feel made it such an enjoyable read.

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Stephuhhnieee
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Book mail finally came 😬 (book haul photo to come when second package arrives 😅)

ANYWAY. Look at this gorgeous cover 😍 Loving the colors!

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ValerieAndBooks
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I‘m still reading Moby Dick. But grabbed this off my TBR for something less chunky to read during son‘s music lessons. There‘s a globe in the waiting room for a photo op!

A bit obsessed right now with that place (Nantucket) and its whaling era. 🐳 ⚓️

And how did I not know there‘s a movie based on this true story? 👀

zsuzsanna_reads Looks interesting! I'm a Moby addict and even sailing fan husband might like this. 1y
LeahBergen This book is fantastic! 👏🏻 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Love this book! It was a gateway drug for me - after reading this I burned through tons of mutiny and sea survival stories 🐳 1y
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This is how I feel after reading this. It isn‘t an adventure. It is a tragedy but Philbrick does an amazing job telling this story. I was captivated and horrified throughout. He doesn‘t stray away from the gritty details of whale hunting, or the racial aspects of what happened. But he does bring this story to life, with tons of information and facts, incredible world building bringing this gruesome history to the page.

Daisey Great review! 1y
TheNextBook @Daisey Thanks! I read this in no time. Really good. 1y
Reagan-reads I loved this book! I found the beginning a little challenging but then it was a thrill ride. My mother in law and I often do not have the same taste and I lent this to her (with warnings) and she loved it too! 1y
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It‘s about damn time I got to this book. I‘ve had this for a long time. And the entire time I planned on pairing it with Moby Dick! Well here we are! I might watch the movie starring Hemsworth after reading it!

twohectobooks I‘ve only seen the movie of this so far. It was pretty decent! 1y
TheNextBook @twohectobooks this book so far is really good. The author is doing a great job being informative and still keeping the plot moving. 1y
readordierachel Loved this one. So readable, and what a story! 1y
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Kdunn52
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Great story! Seemed to drag on though!

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Mdargusch
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Unfortunately the whalers of the 1800‘s didn‘t have a way to #SOS so this group of sailors on the Essex were adrift at sea for 3 months. It‘s a harrowing tale of survival, bad decisions, and cannibalism.
#abbainaugust

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Awesome book. This was a gateway drug for me to read every tale of shipwreck and mutiny I could get my hands on! 1y
DGRachel I loved this book! 1y
emilyhaldi Cannibalism always fascinates me... it‘s hard to imagine the horror of things getting to that point 😱 1y
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LeahBergen I loved this book! And I‘m strangely intrigued by cannibalism, too @emilyhaldi 😆😆 1y
Reviewsbylola So horrible. 🐋 1y
Cinfhen Been wanting to read this book for ages!!! Ever since I read 1y
Mdargusch In the Kingdom of Ice was my gateway to ship wreck books @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled 1y
Mdargusch I just can‘t imagine having to make that choice @emilyhaldi @LeahBergen 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled In my TBR! 👍 1y
readordierachel Loved this one! Been meaning to watch the movie adaptation. 1y
Mdargusch I forgot there was a movie! @ReadOrDieRachel 1y
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Mdargusch
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I was not familiar with the heartbreaking tragedy of the whaleship Essex. The author does an amazing job of telling the story in a concise way without getting bogged down in too many details. What I loved was the way he interjected psychology of disasters as each new tragedy unfolded. There are so many moral and ethical questions to ponder while reading this while the perseverance and bravery of these men was so inspiring.

Emilymdxn Sounds so good! And I love the cover 1y
ericarobynreads Love that book!! 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Loved this book - it was a gateway drug to reading many books about shipwrecks and mutiny! 1y
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Cinfhen Still on my TBR 1y
Mdargusch It‘s a fast read @Cinfhen if that helps. 1y
quirkyreader I read this when I was reading “Moby Dick” so that I could have more backstory for the Melville work. 1y
Cinfhen Good to know! 1y
Mdargusch I can see how that would happen @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled - I want to read about the Bounty now. 1y
Mdargusch Yes that was a fascinating piece about this book that I forgot to mention @quirkyreader 1y
emilyhaldi Sounds interesting. Love that little mermaid 🧜🏻‍♀️ 1y
Mdargusch That sounds good too @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled - stacking 1y
LeahBergen This was a great read. 👍🏻 1y
readordierachel I really enjoyed this one too! 1y
Daisey I agree; this was so good. 1y
rubyslippersreads Lovely photo! 1y
Reviewsbylola Glad you liked this one! 1y
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Reviewsbylola
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It must be the year of cannibalism for me, as this is the third book involving cannibalism that I‘ve read in as many months. This is the horrific story of the whaling ship Essex from Nantucket that was attacked and destroyed by a sperm whale in 1820. Members of the crew survived for around 90 days at sea and were forced to eat one another to survive. A truly disturbing story of survival. I used this for #pop18.

Libby1 I love a review that starts with the words, “It must be a year of cannibalism for me”. 🤭 1y
LeahBergen I went on kick where I read a ton of cannibalism-themed books a few years ago. 😆😆 1y
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Mdargusch I hope it‘s not heavy on details for the cannibalism 1y
Cinfhen Great review ~ it‘s been on my TBR for ages...I Loved 1y
Reviewsbylola No it‘s not at all. @Mdargusch 1y
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Reviewsbylola
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Family vacation calls for the family bedroom. 😂😂 we just spent three hours at the pool so now we‘re having rest period. I plan on reading my book but let‘s be honest, I‘ll probably be the one of us that naps. 😆

BarbaraBB Looks so perfect 😍 1y
emilyhaldi I‘m just hoping those two nap 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 1y
Kalalalatja It looks so cozy, it almost makes me want to take a nap 😄 1y
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LeahBergen We should all have rest periods like this in our day! 1y
Tamra I‘d take a nap whenever I can get it! Good for you! ☺️ 1y
Frecks-Booklover4life I know that‘s right! Nap away! 1y
digidiva Sounds like the ideal vaca! 1y
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Reviewsbylola
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This mortal life decays apace
How soon the bubble‘s broke
Adam and all his numerous race
Are vanity and smoke

This is the inscription to the headstone for Rebecca Nickerson, mother of cabin boy to the whale ship Essex, Thomas Nickerson. They don‘t do inscriptions like they used to! ⚰️ 💀

ETA: his father‘s reads:

Crush‘d as the moth beneath thy hand
We moulder to the dust
Our feeble powers can ne‘er withstand
And all our beauty‘s lost

Laura317 You have much better eyes than I do. It looks like a blank headstone to me. 1y
Reviewsbylola 😂😂 It totally is. Your eyes do not deceive you. This is the back of the headstone. The blurb says the brush is to overgrown to access the front at this point. @laura317 1y
LeahBergen This is such a good read. 👍🏻 1y
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Mdargusch Great inscriptions! 1y
emilyhaldi Sick. I need to start working on mine 1y
minkyb oh my god @emilyhaldi I just snorted! 😂 1y
SleepyDragon It's like Spoon River. 1y
Crazeedi I've always pondered my epitaph, not sure what I want it to say 1y
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CrowCAH
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#GetMovin #WayDownWeGo https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0-7IHOXkiV8

Way down we go to the heart of the sea 🌊
Beware the white whale 🐋

Cinfhen I tried to get my bookclub to read this book, but they shot me down ☹️it looks good 2y
CrowCAH @Cinfhen I agree! I want to read it, then watch the movie! 2y
Cinfhen I didn‘t know it was a film!! 2y
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CrowCAH @Cinfhen yes, 2015, with Chris Hemsworth! 2y
LeahBergen @Cinfhen It‘s a great read! 2y
Cinfhen It‘s on the TBR @LeahBergen 😘 2y
Christy2318 @Cinfhen @crowcah Both are good. The movie takes quite a bit of creative license with the story & makes it less gruesome. It‘s still cool though. Plus you can never go wrong with anything that involves looking at Chris Hemsworth. 2y
PirateJenny @CrowCAH And don't forget a young Tom Holland! (Who plays a super distant relative of my husband's--they share the same ancestors.) 2y
Melissa_J @Cinfhen it‘s on my TBR too! Maybe we can do another buddy read 😊 2y
CrowCAH @PirateJenny oh, yes, I did forget! Yay for famous relatives! 👏🏻 2y
CrowCAH @Melissa_J that would be fun motivation! 😊 2y
Cinfhen But I need to pick up my copy first @Melissa_J but another buddy read would be awesome!!!! 2y
Cinfhen @Christy2318 You‘re right on the Hemsworth front!!!! 😍❣️ 2y
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If you are looking for a straightforward adventure story about survival at sea, this is not it. Instead, this is a tragic narrative that meanders into subjects like environmental degradation, the psychology of starvation, and the relationship between Quackers and capitalism. And Moby Dick. Fascinating.

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Tamra
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Mehso-so

I seem to be on a harrowing tales streak these days. Whaling was an inhumane endeavor. 😑

callielafleur I enjoyed this one. I found it slow at points, but what helped was that in the print version, there was a map with the chronology of the expedition. I liked being able to follow along with it. 2y
Tamra @callielafleur yes, that would have been intriguing to reference! For me it sprawled too far outside the lines of the shipwreck journey, but I know many people enjoy a lot of background detail in narrative histories. 🙂 (edited) 2y
2BR02B Ugh, I know. I enjoyed Moby-Dick, but hated reading about the whale hunts. 2y
Tamra @2BR02B I haven‘t tried that one, but the author talks about how this captain & wreck inspired Melville. (edited) 2y
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jkSep10
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Never did I think I would enjoy a book about whaling! Excellent read! I highly recommend it! The movie isn‘t bad either.

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shortsarahrose
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We‘re getting 3-5” if snow here. It‘s so pretty!

Tagged book is the next audio my mom and I are going to listen to.

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diovival
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TrishB 👍👍 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Well played. (edited) 2y
RealLifeReading Good one!! 2y
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BooksMcD
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I thought Nathaniel Philbrick wasn't allowing photos because no one was taking any pictures with him so I just asked my friend to take one of me while he was signing. But then he jumped up and said 'Let's take a good one!' What an awesome thing to do and what a cool guy!
#NationalBookFestival
#NatBookFest

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CrowCAH
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#LiveToTell https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IzAO9A9GjgI #AugustGrrrl @Cinfhen

They had to live to tell this epic tale of the whale ship Essex!!! 🐳

Cathythoughts Great title 👍 2y
CrowCAH @Cathythoughts it is iconic! Can't wait to read it then watch the new movie and compare/contrast! 2y
Cinfhen Heard this book is fantastic 💕 2y
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CrowCAH @Cinfhen I hope so; looks epic!!! 2y
PirateJenny It is excellent. All his books are. The movie changes some things but the author was ok with it. Also Chris Hemsworth. 😊 2y
CrowCAH @PirateJenny I wouldn't doubt the movie changed some things, but yes Chris Hemsworth...aaarrrr 2y
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Macnjen
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Audiobook for #litsyAtoZchallenge. Interesting telling of the Essex- I had no idea. Lots of history about whaling and Nantucket.

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jdtchicago

The whaleman‘s rule of thumb was that, before diving, a whale blew once for each minute it would spend underwater. Whalemen also knew that while underwater the whale continued at the same speed and in the same direction as it had been traveling before the dive. Thus, an experienced whaleman could calculate with remarkable precision where a submerged whale was likely to reappear.

tpixie Cool 😎 2y
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LifeInPages

Does anyone know how to keep rats away from books????

RaimeyGallant No! Tough problem. Yikes. 2y
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LifeInPages

"But, as the survivors of the Essex came to know, once the end has been reached and all hope, passion, and force of will have been expended, the bones may be all that are left."

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"In their dedication to killing sperm whales the Nantucketers had developed a system of social relationships that mimicked those of their prey."

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"Later it would be said that when Captain Russell had left the Essex to assume command of the Aurora, he had taken his old ship's luck with him."

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He then dismissed the men with the words "Set the watch, Mr. Chase."

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LifeInPages

"Then it was that I, for the first time, realized that I was alone upon a wide and an unfeeling world. . .without one relative or friend to bestow one kind word upon me."

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Christinak
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Some books based on #truestories #riotgrams

readordierachel In the Heart of the Sea was really good. 2y
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LifeInPages

"A "keppin" had his own "kebbin" and was more often than not a "merrid" man, while a "met" kept the ship's log for the entire "viege"."

Some more words to try to understand...these are harder to get thro my head :/

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Ile = oil
Keeping clothes in an area = Chist
Sharp = shurp
Attacking a large whale = atteking a lirge whale
Some words to know in this book....

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LifeInPages

Death to the living,
Long life to the killers,
Success to sailors wives,
And greasy luck to whalers.

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CrowCAH
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#SummerSantaGoesPostal #SummerSolsticeBookExchange @BookishMarginalia

A huge thank you goes out to my secret santa: @leslieseidel , she couldn't have picked more perfect books!!! I see the themes: Jane Austen ❤️ and nautical ?!

The Ships Through the Ages book looks super interesting! Thanks for parting with one of your collection "old books"; can't wait to add him to the ship reference section on the nautical shelf!

(Cont in comments!)

CrowCAH (Thanks cont @leslieseidel ) I have yet to read or watch the movie In the Heart of the Sea, but I'd love to, especially, since I listened to Moby Dick last year!
The Friendly Austen seems to be packed of trivia and fun facts. And the Letters to Alice sounds like a touching read, written in letters, just like JA's Lady Susan!
Lastly, the sea shell bookmarks are adorable! And thanks for The Strand pencil pouch and bookmark!!!
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elkeo_TheBookDragon The Fay Weldon book is SO good! 2y
CrowCAH @elkeo good to know, thanks! It will be well worth a read! 2y
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leslieseidel You are so very welcome! I had a great time picking and putting this goodie box together! You had a fun profile to work with!! 🤗 2y
DGRachel The Philbrick book was really good. 2y
CrowCAH @leslieseidel thanks! Litsy is a fun place and it lets me share my love of books, pirates, and Jane Austen!!! 2y
CrowCAH @DGRachel well, I feel a book read and a movie watch in the future! 🐳 2y
beccaeve Yay!! 🎁📚🎉 2y
CrowCAH @beccaeve super exciting, I know! ☺️ 2y
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Daisey
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I read the young reader's edition of this several years ago and have been meaning to listen to the original ever since I watched the movie. It's an interesting story of survival and I'm appreciating revisiting it in audio. I think the descriptions of the effects of dehydration and starvation are the hardest part of listening.

Tonight was a beautiful evening for an #audiowalk.

#nonfiction #audiobook

Reviewsbylola I've been wanting to read this! 3y
Daisey @Reviewsbylola Both versions are fantastic! 3y
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Melissa_J
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This one features an enormous #undertheseacreatures 🐋#pirateslife #whatawaytolive

LeahBergen Such a good read! 3y
DGRachel ❤️❤️ 3y
Andrew65 This looks very Interesting. 3y
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CrowCAH A leviathan!!! 🐳 3y
Melissa_J @LeahBergen I haven't read it yet. Sounds like I need to get to it soon @DGRachel 3y
DGRachel @Melissa_J Yes, you should. 😊 I hated Moby Dick, but this nonfiction account was so well written and I do not read a lot of nonfiction. 3y
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JessClark78
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#BodyOfWater Most of this book takes place on the sea. A detailed account of the tragic whaling voyage that inspired the novel Moby Dick. #MayBookFlowers @RealLifeReading

Reviewsbylola I've got this on my TBR! 3y
SusanInTiburon I'm gonna read this right after I finish Moby Dick! (No lie; more than halfway through!) 3y
JessClark78 @Reviewsbylola @SusanInTiburon I read this a few years ago and thought it was really good. 3y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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For my #5555giveaway favorite nonfiction, had to choose In the Heart of the Sea. This book was the inspiration for my years-long whaling and survival tale obsession. Still can't read enough about whaling and mutiny! It never loses my fascination.

Lacythebookworm Loved this one! 📚🙌😍 3y
DGRachel Great choice! 3y
Megabooks So cool!! Great choice! 3y
LeahBergen Loved this one. 3y
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PirateJenny
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Keeping it nautical. Here is a #map of the travels of the Essex before she was stove by a whale. (I still think the tie-in cover should have had more Hemsworth.) #PiratesLife #WhatAWayToLive

CrowCAH Sweet! Haven't seen the movie, but it looked good! And I added the book to the TBR, looks even better! 😊 3y
PirateJenny @CrowCAH it's excellent! I enjoyed the movie too. I want to get to Nantucket one of these days. More genealogy there too. That husband should be more interested in his nautical ancestry 3y
CrowCAH @PirateJenny I was close to Nantucket, this past vacation to the New England states. And yes, he should be more interested in his ancestry, especially if it involves a trip! 😉 3y
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Susanita
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I wonder if #LimerickDay is much of a thing in Nantucket? #MayBookFlowers @RealLifeReading

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AMVP
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#maybookflowers day 8 - #bodyofwater

Did anybody see the movie based on this book? The promotion for that film probably sold more books than tickets.

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Leelee08
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I have a thing for 18th and 19th century whaling and sailing stories, memoirs, etc. 💙⚓️ #17booklove #subjectilove

LeahBergen Me, too! 3y
Leelee08 @LeahBergen ❤❤❤ 3y
LeahBergen Have you read 3y
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LeahBergen It's fiction (and really violent and full of profanities, if you're okay with that) but so good. 3y
Leelee08 @LeahBergen I have that on my iPad right now but I haven't started it yet! I need to bump it up!😀 3y
cewilf Love! What's the light grey book? 3y
Leelee08 @cewilf It's a novelization of Herman Melville's life called The Handsome Sailor.💙⚓️ 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk You and my brother love the exact same weirdly specific subject. I'm going to use this picture for gift ideas. 3y
Leelee08 @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Ha! That's awesome! He should be on Litsy😊😊 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk I'll suggest it! He's halfway through the Aubrey & Maturin books right now. 3y
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SusanInTiburon
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Gathering a few hearts together, setting the mood for my favorite holiday, when I get to shower the people I love with valentines and chocolate. 💚💚💚💚

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JessClark78
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#fictionnonfictionpairings In the Heart of the Sea is the grim true story about the sinking of the whaleship Essex, a tragedy that inspired its fictional counterpart Moby Dick.
#seasonsreadings2016 @RealLifeReading

Daisey I have only read the young reader's edition of In the Heart of the Sea, but it is the only thing that has ever really made me want to read Moby Dick. 3y
Reviewsbylola I own the Philbrick and am really looking forward to it. 3y
Hobbinol Oh this is a really good pairing! 3y
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