The 2021 NEA Big Read program highlights a true tale of resilience and survival, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick. This National Book Award winning tale tells the story of the famous whaleship which  was rammed by the biggest whale anyone had ever seen. Accounts of the disaster inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick.

Pick up a copy of the book, then join us for a month of free online events to learn about whales and the history of whaling in America. See a full schedule of events and resources at Read along with us! Purchase your copy at The Bookloft or at your local bookstore, or visit your local library.

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