I also went to Barnes and Noble and picked up the story of the Essex. It's called "In the Heart of the Sea." It's the true story of the whaleship that was sunk by a whale. "Moby Dick" was based on this story. I'm looking forward to readng this one.
I also picked up "The Secret Life of Bees" and "Vanity Fair." I have a TBR list but I keep on getting new books and just ignore the stack I've got piled up on an endtable. If this keeps up, I'll never get to read "The Other Boleyn Girl."