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Media: Patti Callahan takes a dive into Southern history with new book, 'Surviving Savannah'

Updated: Feb 21, 2021


Donnell Suggs

For Do Savannah Feb 17, 2021

Photo Credit: Bud Johnson Photography

A couple of pages into "Surviving Savannah," an upcoming book by New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan, the grandfather of the narrator, Papa, sets the tone for what is the essence of storytelling at its most grassroots form: the bedtime story.

“He began reciting the words we’d almost memorized, ‘you see, before she took all of those lives, she was a beauty, elegance her specialty.’'

"Surviving Savannah" tells the story of the Pulaski, a steamship that is better known as the “Titanic of the South” because of its having sunken off the coast of North Carolina en route to Savannah in 1838. Callahan, a master storyteller, and author of "Becoming Mrs. Lewis," among other titles, has a love for Savannah and the maritime communities along the coast and that shines through in this book, which is scheduled for a Mar. 9 release.