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The Survivors Club review and giveaway (FIVE winners!)

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Mandie, Catherine, Gaileee, Quadmama, and Patricia!

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.

MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

23 thoughts on “The Survivors Club review and giveaway (FIVE winners!)”

  1. I am interested in this book, because it sounds like a book everyone should read. Please enter me. Thanks!


  2. First I need to comment on the handsome child st the top of your site. I’d love to read this. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

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  3. This book sounds fascinating. Wonderful review. I would definitely be interested in reading it, especially the part with a psychometric test you can take to discover your survival strengths and weaknesses. Thank you for the chance to win!

  4. I know I could get a lot of tips out of this book & it will help me be a better gramma to my 3 under “hairy” circumstances thats why Id love to read this BOOK !!!!!

  5. This sounds like a fascinating book. I am always interested to learn about the common qualities that survivors possess. As an Aussie, I am aware that I am not eligible for your giveaway, but I will definitely be checking this book out and getting a copy. I need a new book and this sounds like something right up my alley. Thank you for sharing this.

    Making drawstring bags for the party guests to decorate is a lovely idea and the bags would make such a special keepsake.
    .-= Elise´s last blog ..Downloadable resources to share and plans that never came to fruition. =-.

  6. This sounds like a very interesting book! Me and my husband love watching ‘survivor’ shows on tv. I find it fascinating to see how people actually overcome and survive such major ordeals in their lives.

  7. Ok, that sounds very interesting! I would especially like to take the psychometric test. (What were your results??) :)
    .-= Elisa | blissfulE´s last blog ..memorizing catechism =-.

  8. That sounds fascinating! I’m always looking for reads to share with my husband, and he survives for a living, so I assume he’d like it (or at least enjoy critiquing it). Okay, “survives for a living” is corny, but you know what I mean.
    .-= Sadia´s last blog ..Processing goodbye =-.

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