For fifteen years, Elizabeth Kaye was a Contributing Editor to Esquire. Her work has appeared in countless publications ranging from Playboy to Vogue and the New York Times. She is the author of five books, including Mid-Life: Notes from the Halfway Mark and Ain’t No Tomorrow: Kobe, Shaq, and the Making of a Lakers Dynasty. Kaye is also a ballet historian who has written extensively about the art, and lectured frequently at The Metropolitan Opera House, The Music Center in Los Angeles, The Kennedy Center, and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
LIFEBOAT NO. 8
An Untold Tale of Love, Loss, and Surviving the Titanic
When the Titanic started sinking, who would make it off alive? The two cousins who had been so eager to see their first iceberg? The maid who desperately tried to escape with the baby in her care? The young newlyweds who’d booked passage despite warnings not to?
One hundred years after that disastrous and emblematic voyage, Elizabeth Kaye reveals the extraordinary, little-known story behind one of the first lifeboats to leave the doomed ship.
Told in real time and in the actual voices of survivors, Kaye’s poignant, pulse-pounding narrative includes the story of the Countess of Rothes, the wealthiest woman on the ship, bound for California, where she and her husband planned to start an orange farm. It was the Countess, dressed in ermine and pearls, who took command of Lifeboat No. 8, rowing for hours through the black and icy water. In the words of one of the Titanic’s crew, she was “more of a man than any we have on board.”
At the heart of Kaye’s tale is a budding romance between the Countess’s maid, Roberta Maioni, and the Titanic’s valiant wireless operator, Jack Phillips. While Roberta made it safely onto Lifeboat No. 8, holding nothing but a photo of Jack she had run back to her cabin to retrieve, he remained on the ship, where he would send out the world’s first SOS signal. But would it be received in time to save his life?
Surviving that fateful night in the North Atlantic was not the end of the saga for those aboard Lifeboat No 8. Kaye reveals what happened to each passenger and crew member and how the legendary maritime disaster haunted them forever.
A century later, we’re still captivated by the Titanic and its passengers. With its skillful use of survivors’ letters, diaries, and testimonies, Lifeboat No. 8”adds a dramatic new chapter to the ongoing story.
Memories of an Unconventional Love Life
Elizabeth Kaye spent decades as a lauded profile writer, interviewing the 20th century’s most interesting people for publications such as Esquire, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times. In Seven Men, she turns the microscope on herself, and examines both life and love through the prism of seven seminal relationships, all set against the most potent intoxicant: fame.
There was The Anchorman, who used his newscasts to send her secret messages; The Astronaut who had gone to the moon and been lost and adrift ever since. The Actor, who was hailed for his brilliance, but gave his greatest performance off-stage, where he posed as a faithful husband. There was The Dancer, The Writer, The Movie Star, The Critic, and The Musician who quizzed her to see if she could be his intellectual equal while hoping she couldn’t. Each of these love affairs is examined with deep insight into human nature, and the role of sex and romance in our modern existence.
Written with great lyricism and poignancy, Seven Men is a frank observation of one woman’s romantic history, and a narrative that tells of searching for love and meaning. The exquisite pain of intimacy —its joys, pleasures and heartaches—is rendered with warmth, humor, and honesty.
This bold and deeply moving book attests to the fact that, while it can often be impossible to love wisely, it may be more important to love passionately and with daring.
Seven Men was previously published as Sleeping with Famous Men.
What They Do, What They Think, and Why...
A career-spanning anthology from the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Lifeboat No. 8.
Robert De Niro. Kobe Bryant. Sylvester Stallone. Ted Kennedy. Mike Tyson. Anthony Hopkins. Over the past quarter century, no woman has profiled a wider variety of contemporary male celebrities than Elizabeth Kaye, one of the foremost non-fiction writers of our time.
Packed with more than twenty classic profiles, Men: What They Do, What They Think, and Why… reveals Kaye’s remarkable ability to establish rapport with her subjects, to enter their hearts and minds, and to write about them with a vividness, lyricism and economy second to none.
This career retrospective also contains riveting commentary and insights from the author that take you behind the scenes, exposing the intense yet delicate reporting process and the way many of her famous (and infamous) subjects reacted to her work.
Praise for Elizabeth Kaye:
“What makes her special is that, as a reporter, she is at once sympathetic and tough-minded. She works tirelessly to bring to light the humanity of whomever she writes about. Elizabeth Kaye is fair. Sentence by sentence she forms a portrait that rises well above the fleeting impressions we get from other celebrity watchers these days.”—Lee Eisenberg, former Editor-in-Chief of Esquire
“Elizabeth Kaye is a wonderful writer—as a reporter she’s like a bulldog—she grabs onto you and doesn’t let go until she figures out everything about you.”—Sylvester Stallone