The Franklin Public Library is pleased to announce the One Book, One Community town-wide read for 2014, In the Heart of the Sea, the Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick. The 2014 One Book, One Community Franklin Kids Read is Revenge of the Whale: The True Story of the Whaleship Essex, adapted for younger readers from the National Book Award winner In the Heart of the Sea.
In 1819, the 238 ton whaleship 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, traveling over 4,500 miles in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival. An intense and mesmerizing read, In the Heart of the Sea is a monumental work of history forever placing the Essex tragedy in the American historical canon. The story of the Essex inspired Herman Melville, who was born the day the Essex sank, to write the great American novel, Moby Dick.
The goal of the Franklin Libary's One book, One Community program is to help build a better sense of fellowship through a shared reading experience. Visit the library and check out your copy of In the Heart of the Sea, or to reserve a copy online, go to http://library.minlib.net