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He's going on about that ship again

People kid me here at the Northshire about my -- shall we say -- fixation on the Titanic. I'm making a conscious effort not to bring it up in conversations. (You might be surprised at how many connections can be drawn between the ship and any number of current events.) A blog is different and no one has to read it if they don't want to. So there.

We had a Titanic event recently at the store in which I got to share the stage with Katherine Howe, whose intriguing and atmospheric new novel, The House of Velvet and Glass, incorporates the sinking of the liner in 1912 into its narrative.

Our store event took place on the 100th anniversary of the disaster and Ms. Howe graciously devoted most of her time -- and her considerable expertise on the subject -- to the great White Star ship. Her book is a minutely detailed exploration of societal manners, morals, and decor at the turn of the century and it contains a neat twist that I kept reminding myself not to refer to. But that afternoon belonged to the Titanic. (READ MORE)

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Published: Hachette Books - January 29th, 2013

Life after a particularly bad night

I would rather die a hundred times than go through such an experience and live. -- Thomas Patrick Dillon, crew member RMS Titanic

There goes your beautiful nightdress. -- Lady Duff Gordon, first class passenger, to her maid.

Among the new books released to coincide with the centennial of the demise of the largest moving object on earth is one by Andrew Wilson called Shadow of the Titanic. Wilson's premise is as elementary as his exposition is persuasive: The survivors of the most momentous shipwreck in history had to go on living with the memory of April 15, 1912 fixed firmly in their minds. It was, to coin a tired phrase, easier said than done for a great many of them. Living with it was difficult, but forgetting it was impossible. (READ MORE)

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Published: Atria Books - March 26th, 2013

Shadow of the Titanic: The Extraordinary Stories of Those Who Survived

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Published: Atria Books - March 26th, 2013

Living with the memory of the night of April 15, 1912 was difficult for most of the survivors of the Titanic, but forgetting it was impossible. This is a collection of histories of some of the prominent players in the epic drama in the North Atlantic: John Jacob Astor's 18-year old widow, J. Bruce Ismay, Chairman of the White Star Line, Edith Russell, who became obsessed with the tragedy, and the Duff Gordons who found themselves embroiled in a vicious scandal after they escaped the liner in a lifeboat that contained only 12 people. Fascinating stories of endurance, triumph, and tragedy. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Olympic, Titanic, Britannic: An Illustrated History of the Olympic Class Ships

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Published: The History Press - September 1st, 2014

This is the perfect book for everyone who thought that there was only one Titanic. There were, in actuality, three almost identical White Star superliners. This beautifully illustrated volume is filled with rare photographs and little known facts about the three sisters, only one of which survived to old age. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Voyagers of the Titanic

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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 26th, 2013

This is one of the most comprehensive overviews of the Titanic disaster, incorporating all of the major players in the liner's planning, construction, sailing, and demise. An excellent book for those who don't want to delve too deeply into minutia and a stirring recreation of the 20th Century's most momentous peacetime disaster at sea. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


A Night to Remember

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Published: Holt Paperbacks - January 7th, 2005

This book revived public interest in the Titanic when it was first published in 1955. Although some of the technical information has been disproven or questioned after the discovery of the wreck in 1985, Lord was in the unique position of being able to correspond directly with participants in the tragedy. It is an invaluable contribution to Titanic lore from that standpoint. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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