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Stories of Maritime Adventure

When we were looking around the store the other day, Scott pointed out that there seemed to be a lot of books about sea stories and shipwrecks on the shelves. We’re not sure why that is, and we really don’t want to be lost at sea, but for those of you who love a tale of maritime adventure, these six books are worthy of your attention. 

From New York Times bestselling author Hampton Sides, an epic account of the most momentous voyage of the Age of Exploration, which culminated in Captain James Cook's death in Hawaii, and left a complex and controversial legacy still debated to this day.

Mark Helprin, the New York Times bestselling author of Winter's Tale and A Soldier of the Great War, presents a fast-paced, beautifully written novel about the majesty of the sea; a life dedicated to duty, honor, and country; and the gift of falling in love.

by David Grann

A page-turning story of shipwreck, survival, and savagery, culminating in a court martial that reveals a shocking truth. The powerful narrative reveals the deeper meaning of the events on The Wager, showing that it was not only the captain and crew who ended up on trial, but the very idea of empire.

In Left for Dead, Eric Jay Dolin--"one of today's finest writers about ships and the sea" (American Heritage)--tells the true story of a wild and fateful encounter between an American sealing vessel, a shipwrecked British brig, and a British warship in the Falkland archipelago during the War of 1812.

The Titanic Survivors Book Club by Timothy Schaffert

A remarkable tale about the life-changing power of books and second chances, following the Titanic librarian who opens a bookshop in Paris where he meets a secret society of survivors.

by Eric Jay Dolin

The heroic story of the founding of the U.S. Navy during the Revolution has been told many times, yet largely missing from maritime histories of America's first war is the ragtag fleet of private vessels that truly revealed the new nation's character--above all, its ambition and entrepreneurial ethos.

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