Thursday, March 22, 2012

Win a copy of Lifeboat No. 8 An Untold Tale of Love, Loss, and Surviving the Titanic

UPDATE: Steph won and should be contacted soon.



New from Byliner: Lifeboat No. 8: An Untold Tale of Love, Loss, and Surviving the Titanic by Elizabeth Kaye:

When the Titanic started sinking, who would make it off alive? The two cousins who had been so eager to see their first iceberg? The maid who desperately tried to escape with the baby in her care? The young newlyweds who’d booked passage despite warnings not to?

One hundred years after that disastrous and emblematic voyage, Elizabeth Kaye reveals the extraordinary, little-known story behind one of the first lifeboats to leave the doomed ship.

Told in real time and in the actual voices of survivors, Kaye’s poignant, pulse-pounding narrative includes the story of the Countess of Rothes, the wealthiest woman on the ship, bound for California, where she and her husband planned to start an orange farm. It was the Countess, dressed in ermine and pearls, who took command of Lifeboat No. 8, rowing for hours through the black and icy water. In the words of one of the Titanic’s crew, she was “more of a man than any we have on board.”

At the heart of Kaye’s tale is a budding romance between the Countess’s maid, Roberta Maioni, and the Titanic’s valiant wireless operator, Jack Phillips. While Roberta made it safely onto Lifeboat No. 8, holding nothing but a photo of Jack she had run back to her cabin to retrieve, he remained on the ship, where he would send out the world’s first SOS signal. But would it be received in time to save his life?

Surviving that fateful night in the North Atlantic was not the end of the saga for those aboard Lifeboat No 8. Kaye reveals what happened to each passenger and crew member and how the legendary maritime disaster haunted them forever.
A century later, we’re still captivated by the Titanic and its passengers. With its skillful use of survivors’ letters, diaries, and testimonies, “Lifeboat No. 8” adds a dramatic new chapter to the ongoing story.

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A longtime contributor to “Esquire,” “Rolling Stone,” and “The New York Times,” Elizabeth Kaye is the author of “Mid-Life: Notes from the Halfway Mark” and “Ain’t No Tomorrow: Kobe, Shaq, and the Making of a Lakers Dynasty,” as well as the bestselling Byliner Original “Sleeping with Famous Men.”
You can read an excerpt here, and buy it at Amazon.

I also have one digital copy to give away. For a chance to win, simply comment on this post and include your email so I can contact you if you win. One comment per person, and this contest is open worldwide. I'll pick a winner Sunday night.

15 comments:

  1. The story of the Titanic has fascinated me since I first heard of it, as a young girl. I was in awe and on the verge of tears when I went through the exhibit at Opryland Hotel several years ago. This book, that synopsis... I got chillbumps. So haunting.

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  2. Sounds fascinating! I think it would be a really good read. (sj.romm@gmail.com)

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  3. Screw finals. I want to read this! (amt5187@gmail.com)

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  4. Whoa, cool. Annaremedial@gmail.com

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  5. This looks pretty cool. Thanks for sharing! (sleep goblin at g mail dot com)

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  6. commenting for a digital book. livengoodlife at g mail.com

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  7. I was actually planning on reading Morgan Robertson's "Wreck of the Titan" in memory of the Titanic, but this sounds fascinating, too. ("Wreck of the Titan" was published in 1898, and shares a lot of similarities with the Titanic.) stormtrooperprincess @ gmail.

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  8. I never tire of hearing Titanic Stories. Imagine what is was like back then, at the start of the information age.

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  9. I find it strange that Wikipedia has an entry for Lifeboat No. 6 (Molly Brown's boat) but not No. 8.... how curious! Makes me want to read it all the more! - [mr__yun@hotmail.com]

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  10. OOO sounds like a good read. kutekat@comcast.net

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  11. this sounds amazing. andrea.kistler@gmail.com

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  12. I'd love to read this. nyrid@hotmail.com

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  13. This would be a great read. gahndalph@gmail.com

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  14. Oh my, that sounds like a gym rest new perspective on an oft visited story! Sign me up! Benrum@gmail.com

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  15. I like to read it so badly. tribak.zero@gmail.com

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