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To the Citizens of Greater Nashua:


On behalf of the City of Nashua, I invite you to participate in this year’s One City, One Book program. For 2006, I am pleased to announce that the book is In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick. This book is the true story of the whaleship Essex, which left Nantucket in 1819 with 21 men on board and was wrecked at sea, leaving the crew to a three-month struggle after which only nine survived. Herman Melville read accounts of the Essex before writing Moby Dick, and the true story is thought to be the basis of his novel.


In the Heart of the Sea, the winner of the National Book Award in 2000, was chosen for the One City, One Book program by a committee with representatives from the Nashua Public Library and other community groups. 

You can check out copies of the book at your library or purchase it at Borders, Annie’s Bookstop, or Barnes & Noble, all in Nashua. Please talk about it with your friends, coworkers, and neighbors, and then attend the book discussions and other programs planned for March of 2006. Look for more information on these programs from the library and local newspapers over the next few months.


We hope that sharing our impressions on a common book will once again help to strengthen our community. I hope that you will participate by reading the book and attending the programs this spring.




Bernard Streeter