With Summer fading into the half-light of Fall and madras giving way to viyella, it's time to get the reading lists together. Here are a few "shout-outs" to sailing-themed, non-fiction books I've enjoyed reading over the past few months. Hit me with an email or comment if you have recommendations! Please note, I try to read only non-fiction or "classics"... oh, and the articles in Playboy.
My Old Man and the Sea: A Father and Son Sail Around Cape
Horn, by David Hays and Daniel Hays
A New England father and son sail around Cape Horn.
The Bounty : The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty, by Caroline Alexander
A true(r) account of Captain Bligh and the allure of Tahitian women.
The Motion of the Ocean: 1 Small Boat, 2 Average Lovers,
and a Woman's Search for the Meaning of Wife, by Janna Cawrse Esarey
Cascadian author(ess) and hubby sail around the Pacific (a fun read).
Sailing with Vancouver: A modern sea dog, antique charts
and a voyage through time, by Sam McKinney
Late Cascadian author retraces the footsteps (wakes) of Vancouver's circumnavigation of Puget Sound.
Unsinkable: A Young Woman's Courageous Battle on the High
Seas, by Abby Sunderland and Lynn Vincent
About that 16-yr old girl who attempts a single-handed trip around the world.
1) People who are intolerant of other people's cultures, and
2) The Dutch.
(OK, I jest, but I do love this line from Austin Power's Goldmember (2002))
What was suppose to be a 10-month long cultural exchange experience, turned out to be a 3 1/2 week American vacation for our Dutch Foreign Exchange student. It seems that homesickness got the best of her. My family is grateful for the experience, albeit short, because it brought us closer together. This was a trying experience for us all. The student was on an emotional roller coaster half the time - going from being amazed at American high school football to being depressed about our food, our time spent in cars, and our amount of choices for anything.
Walking into any American supermarket and seeing entire aisles dedicated to breakfast cereals or salad dressings was a little overwhelming for her. Telling her that "Yes, it's true. You can buy food, shoes, motor oil and guns in the same place" was a reflective moment for me. "Thank you, Walmart."
The Disease of More - see "The Paradox of Choice" has a basic premise that if we had to choose between three of four similar items, we would be much more happy than having to choose between five and fifteen items. Perhaps. But I think 'mericans are quite good at choice management. Sometimes I feel like a nut, sometimes I don't. Sometimes I like watching "Inside the Actors Studio", sometimes I prefer "Inside Edition".
And then there's the discussion we had about 'merican teens' (18 yrs +) ability to vote, smoke, go to war, but not drink alcohol. Wow! I'm not really sure what to do with that one. Lucky for me I have a 7-yr old daughter, so I have a few years to get my spiel together. It had better be water-tight or she will see through it just like the other 20 million teenagers in America do.