The title of Ben Sherwood’s book caught my eye: The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life. The book reads almost like a travel journal, as Sherwood journeys to interview some of the world’s most famous survivors and participates in grueling survivorship training. The people interviewed range from safety and trauma experts to holocaust survivors, the Central Park Jogger, and a woman whose heart was pierced by her own knitting needle. The book includes a psychometric test you can take to discover your survival strengths and weaknesses.
I found the book very well written. I was never tempted to skim read, and I enjoyed the variety of survival stories combined with comments from wide-ranging experts. Sherwood managed to realistically depict the gravity of his stories without inducing paranoia – even with Mike out of town while I was reading the book. No small accomplishment, as anyone who knows me in real life will tell you. I think most people would even be fine reading the plane crash chapter while on a plane, although they might stop halfway through to read the safety instruction card! There was plenty of situation-specific advice, but I was most appreciative of the final bit of wisdom: that “the imperative to live fully is the most important and yet elusive lesson of the Survivors Club.”
The Hachette Book Group provided me with a copy of this book to review, and they are offering five more copies to readers of this blog! Winners must have a mailing address in the US or Canada. To enter, simply tell me why you are interested in reading this book. You can get extra entries if you follow this blog or subscribe via email. This giveaway will end at 9am US Eastern Time on Monday, March 1st.