2010.4.24 NEW ARRIVALSNot Without Hope
AUTHOR: Nick Schuyler
On Feb. 28, 2009, Nick Schuyler, a 24-year-old personal trainer, left for a deep-sea fishing trip with three friends: NFL players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith, and Will Bleakley, his best friend, who once played football for the University of South Florida.
It was supposed to be a day of fun and relaxation aboard Cooper’s 21-foot boat, which anchored 70 miles west of Tampa, Florida,
in the Gulf of Mexico. The friends were out to catch some amberjack and grouper and maybe a few sharks. They planned to drink a few beers, have some laughs, and get home before an approaching cold front hit.
As the seas began to swell and the winds picked up in the late afternoon, they packed their gear and decided to head to shore.
But the anchor was stuck.
Inexperienced boaters, they made a fatal mistake, tying the anchor rope to the stern of the boat and hitting the throttle. The anchor did not yank free. Instead, the stern sank, and the boat capsized.
And so the nightmare began. The men had to forage for life jackets beneath the boat. They had no emergency beacon to alert authorities, and their cell phones didn’t work so far out in the Gulf.
With no food or water, the men clung to the overturned hull through the night as the seas roughened and the cloudy sky became inky black. They were continuously tossed from the boat by brutal waves, and sometimes found each other only by swimming toward their friends’ voices.
During the rare lull, they would pray and talk about the ones they loved, what they would’ve done differently with their lives, and what they would do once they returned home.
As the hours passed, the four friends, who had grown up as athletes, worked as a team in their desperate bid to survive. They battled hypothermia, hallucinations, hunger, dehydration, and huge waves.
A witness to incredible heroism and tragedy, Nick remained at sea for more than 40 hours, clinging to the thought that he couldn’t bear to have his mother attend his funeral.
Not Without Hope is much more than a story of survival. It is an inspiring story of friendship, resolve and courage.
America’s Prophet: Moses and the American Story
AUTHOR: Bruce Feiler
A best-selling author for his popular explorations of the lands of the Bible, Feiler turns his attention to the biblical figure of Moses in U.S. history. He argues that the story of the life of Moses as told in the book of Exodus has been the dominant metanarrative employed by political and social leaders in shaping America’s identity, from the Pilgrims escaping religious persecution to the civil rights movement with its vision of a Promised Land. A journalist rather than a historian, Feiler approaches his subject using the same formula he has employed in previous books: physical walks through historic sites and interviews with experts.
Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang
AUTHOR: Chelsea Handler
Comedienne, talk show host and daring author Handler indulges her fans with a new compilation of shockingly direct essays, from which she emerges as a scheming farceur with an expansive range of practical jokes and winning sarcasm, pulled off beautifully against (and with help from) her closest friends and family (including her ex-boyfriend, the CEO of the E! television network that employs her).
Handler spins a deliriously sticky web of running jokes while suckering the gullible, again and again, with made-up stories of her transgendered friend, a ludicrous movie deal, and her infamous personal pilot. Never shy, Handler finds room for even more irreverent honesty regarding sex - including her earliest encounters with male genitalia and with “the feeling” - and also lets readers in on her family life, including a family dinner that ends with her missing brother found intoxicated, naked and celebrating on a dock in the early morning hours. Whether Handler is plotting to get her father committed or convincing her dog never to “shadoobie” in her presence, her essays are packed with enough laugh-out-loud moments to rival a first-rate stand-up act.