Monday, April 15, 2013

The Sinking of the Titanic

On this day 101 years ago, the Titanic sunk. This disaster has captured our imagination ever since.


The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic by Allan Wolf. This verse novel captures the voices of many aboard the ship, as well as other voices, such as the rats and the iceberg.

Fateful by Claudia Gray. Tess is a maid to a wealthy family. Once they get to America, she's quitting. Alec is the first class passenger who captures her heart. But there's more than an iceberg to be afraid of on this voyage-- there's werewolves, too.

The Time-Traveling Fashionista On Board the Titanic by Bianca Turetsky. Louise loves fashion, but an invitation to a vintage sale changes everything. There she discovers that if she slips on the right dress, she'll be transported through time, and the dress she chose lands her on board the Titanic. Check of the sequel, The Time-Traveling Fashionista at the Palace of Marie Antoinette.


Distant Waves: A Novel of the Titanic by Suzanne Weyn. The five Taylor sisters had an unconventional upbringing--their widowed mother is a famed spiritualist in a spiritualist community. They've gone off to lead their own lives, but all find themselves on board the Titanic.

No Moon by Irene N. Watts. Louisa is a nursemaid for a wealthy family. When the family decides to sail on the Titanic, she must join them or lose the job that helps support her large family. But because of a past tragedy, Louisa deeply fears the ocean.

SOS Titanic by Eve Bunting. On his way to join his parents in America, wealthy Irish teenager Barry tries to figure out his feelings for Peegan Flynn. She's in third class, and her brothers hate Barry and keep threatening to throw him overboard. Of course, the Flynn brothers end up being the least of his worries.


Return to Titanic by Robert D. Ballard and Michael Sweeney. I have no idea why National Geographic didn't rerelease this last year, but it's worth tracking down this book of Ballards photographs of the shipwreck. Also see Ballard's (also out-of-print) Titanic: The Last Great Images.

Iceberg, Right Ahead!: The Tragedy of the Titanic by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson. In addition to be an excellent addition to the many nonfiction books about the disaster, this book has a fascinating chapter on the Titanic's role in pop culture and examines why we're still so fascinated by it.

Titanic: Voices From the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson. Filled with historic detail and photographs, Hopkinson's focus on the accounts of the survivors and witnesses keeps this epic tragedy very personal.

What are your Titanic must-reads?

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