19 March 2010

Featuring . . . Ten Degrees of Reckoning by Hester Romberg

This Friday and every Friday for the next couple of months, I will be featuring a book that was published under the Amy Einhorn Books imprint. I am starting with the 2009 books and will spotlight them in alphabetical order.

Hester Rumberg's Ten Degrees of Reckoning is a true story of shipwreck, survival, and healing. Here's the publisher's summary:

In 1993, Judith and Michael Sleavin and their two children set out to live their dream: to sail around the world. But one night, a freighter off the coast of New Zealand altered its course by a mere ten degrees. And changed everything. After surviving forty-four hours in the water, with a back broken in several places and paralyzed below the waist, Judith miraculously survived. Doctors would later say she suffered one of the worst cases of post-traumatic stress syndrome ever documented. News of the collision made headlines around the world, but, distraught, Judith never talked to the press. Her body was broken, and so was her soul.

Twelve years later, Judith turned to her best friend, Hester Rumberg, and asked her to write what was too painful for her to write. The result is a gripping, unbelievable yet true story of one family’s love, of profound loss, and of a remarkable woman who decided to live when others might have decided otherwise. But always it is a stunning account of survival, a meditation on the strength of friendship and community. It is a universal tale of how any of our lives might be unexpectedly altered, how we might have to change what we hope for, and how we can move forward in times of tragedy.
This is one Amy Einhorn Book that I can't wait to read because it touches on many areas that interest me. I grew up in a sailing family, and although we never set out to circumnavigate the globe, we took short cruises in the Great Lakes. I have always been fascinated by survivor tales and the strength of the human spirit to keep going when it would be so much easier to simply give up. I can't imagine the terror, pain, and sorrow that Judith carried with her as she made her way to New Zealand.

Ten Degrees of Reckoning was an Indie Next pick and consistently gets 4.5- to 5-star ratings at commercial book sites, social book sites, and online reviews.

For more information about the book, Hester Romberg, and Judith Sleavin, visit the Ten Degrees of Reckoning website.

This book was featured as part of the Amy Einhorn Books Reading Challenge (click to join the fun). For information about the imprint, please read Amy Einhorn's open letter posted here on January 25, 2010.

Ten Degrees of Reckoning at Powell's
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Published by Putnam/Amy Einhorn, 2009
ISBN-13: 9780399155352


bermudaonion 3/19/10, 10:53 AM  

Ooh, this one sounds good to me because it's a true story.

Darlene 3/19/10, 8:11 PM  

I think this sounds so good. Like Kathy, it being a true story makes it even more intriguing.

Veens 3/19/10, 10:40 PM  

Wow..sailing sounds so cool. I am sure this will be an interesting read!

Christy (A Good Stopping Point) 3/20/10, 12:50 AM  

I heard about this tragic story in another writer's essay about sailing across the Atlantic. He mentioned Judith's story to underscore how those freighters are not going to look out for sailboats. The writer and his wife had a close call themselves.

I didn't realize there was a book about Judith's story though, so thanks for highlighting it.

Jenners 3/21/10, 7:37 PM  

This sounds really gripping. I'm adding it to the ever-growing list.

Tribute Books 3/23/10, 12:50 PM  

also love true stories,will definitely read.

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