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Take a Literary Voyage This Summer


No need to acquire a nautical wardrobe, get sea sick, master the bow line, or risk life and limb on the ocean blue.  These authors write so captivatingly your mental travels will suffice.  So grab a bottle of Bed Head Sea Mist hair spray (for that just-got-out-of-the-surf look) and tuck one of these books into your beach bag this summer for your own literary voyage.


May 31, 2005
An Embarrassment of Mangos, Ann Vanderhoof (Broadway 2005) Have you ever imagined quitting your job, buying a sailboat and sailing around the Carrabean for a year or two?  That is exactly what magazine editor Ann Vanderhoof did with her graphic artist husband, and they lived—and their marrage survived to write about it. Recipes included!


Passage to Juneau: The Sea and Its Meanings, Jonathan Raban (Pantheon 1999). The quintessential travel writer is also an avid sailor, and this is the story of his solo voyage from Seattle to Juneau via the Inside Passage. As usual, JR deftly weaves local history and culture from early settlers and native lore to Captain Vancouver. His comparison and contrast of  Canadian ideosyncracies versus the US is worth the read in itself, let alone his beautiful evocative prose.

Sailing Around the World, Joshua Slocum (Penguin 1999)Is an historic autobiographical account of his solo trip around the world which is still one of the most remarkable – and entertaining – travel narratives of all time. Setting off alone from Boston aboard the thirty-six-foot wooden sloop Spray in April 1895, Captain Slocum went on to join the ranks of the world’s great circumnavigators – Magellan, Drake, and Cook. But by circling the globe without crew or consorts, Slocum would outdo them all: his three-year solo voyage of more than 46,000 miles remains unmatched in maritime history for its courage, skill, and determination. (amazon)

The Complete Aubrey/Maturin Novel Series, Patrick O'Brian (W.W. Norton & Co 2004) The recent release of the film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World has focused even more attention on the publishing phenomenon of the late Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels about the Royal Navy in the age of Nelson. My husband read one and became hooked so you will want to start with book one or better yet - purchase the whole 20 novels in this attractive 5-volume set for months of reading pleasure. Aside from the naval battles and intrigue, it is formost a story of enduring friendship between Captain Aubry and his ships doctor Maturin.



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