Beach Chair Diaries

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For Beach Lovers from Maine to Maui. From learning to surf in Maui to walking the beach in Nantucket, eating lobster in Maine and riding the perfect wave in Martha's Vineyard, this collection of short, humorous essays will give you summertime anytime, even while reading it in the midst of winter. And at the end of each essay, Low Tide Times, provides a list of questions to help the reader remember their summer time memories and relax.
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Overview

For Beach Lovers from Maine to Maui. From learning to surf in Maui to walking the beach in Nantucket, eating lobster in Maine and riding the perfect wave in Martha's Vineyard, this collection of short, humorous essays will give you summertime anytime, even while reading it in the midst of winter. And at the end of each essay, Low Tide Times, provides a list of questions to help the reader remember their summer time memories and relax.
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    Beach Chair Diaries: Summer Tales from Maine to Maui  

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979985041
  • Publisher: Falmouth Heights Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 1,453,012
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Spurr has been visiting the beach all her life. Between the sand and the waves she has found paradise and much more which she brings to you in the pages of Beach Chair Diaries. When not at the beach she works as a sales rep for women's accessory lines, which she sells to the six New England states. This brings her to the shores of Maine, Lake Champlain, Vermont, the lakes of New Hampshire, Rhode Island's beaches and of course, the North Shore of Boston. Although the waters of New England are home, paradise is in the warm waves of Maui as well as the other Hawaii islands. Someday, she hopes to spread the Aloha Spirit throughout New England. She is a member of the National Writers Union, NEIBA, The New England Independent Booksellers Association, IBPA, the Independent Book Publishers Association, Dolphin Yacht Club, Colby-Sawyer College class correspondent and Trinity Church in Boston. She is currently working on her next two books Champagne Diaires, Savy Tales from Wicked Good Places and Heaven Has A Zip Code.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2008

    Janet Spurr redefines 'fun in the summertime!'

    What a wonderful book! Janet Spurr lures the reader into a state of euphoria and relaxation with 'Beach Chair Diaries.' With the turn of every page, she will take you on a journey to her best kept summer-time secrets. Buy a copy for yourself and then buy one for a friend who loves the beach as much, if not more, than you do. Then sit back, relax, and be delighted with a great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    A trip to the beach without the travel

    Get away for a few hours and delve between the virtual sandy pages for a seacoast vacation.

    Beach Chair Diaries: Summer Tales from Maine to Maui brings you to the seashore, the waves, and the sunshine. From Wells Beach, Maine to the surf in Hawaii

    The cover attracted me to this book first: an image of beach chair on a sandy beach in front of the surf. It reminded me of my summers at a beach house in Maine. The title caught my attention next. Beach. Chair. Diaries. All one needs to totally get away (in my opinion) is a soft-sanded beach, a comfortable chair (or blanket), and a book. And the icing on the cake is the book itself. The writing is conversational and runs the gamut on emotions. I laughed out loud in places and got lost in my own thoughts after reading passages that brought me back to my favorite beach.

    There's a bit of an ache now, for knowing how many summers I haven't been to the beach. But there's a renewed sense of awe and appreciation for how rejuvenating and memorable a day at the beach can be. The author had fun writing this book, it's apparent in how she shares her passion for the beach. She wants to bring the beach to the reader, and I think she has done just that.

    Janet Spurr is the quintessential Beach Queen and has surfed, boogie boarded, snorkeled, kayaked, sailboat raced against the Kennedys, motor boated, white water rafted the Kennebec River, and swum in seven of the top ten beaches in the U.S. She has lived on Nantucket Island and currently lives in a seashore community.

    Beach Chair Diaries is a great, fun read any time of year. If you've loved being on the beach and haven't been in a while, this will bring you back to the surf. If you've never been to a beach, you'll want to plan a trip after reading this book.

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  • Posted May 1, 2009

    Jane E. Spur shares her humor and her love for the beach with readers.

    Jane E. Spur shares her humor and her love for the beach with readers. She writes in a conversational style. I could picture myself sitting across a patio table from her, sipping a drink with a tiny umbrella, while we discussed her latest beach escapade. I was laughing aloud at her story of the blow up boat. I could see her blowing up that boat. The story about the surfing lesson is a classic. Spur must be a hoot to be around. She is the kind of friend we all need, one that will make us laugh even if it takes black shoe polish. Beach Chair Diaries is a must-read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2008

    Reflections on the warmth and slower pace of summertime

    I normally do not review a book after reading just fifty pages, but life events got in the way. Thus, I have had to set aside Beach Chair Diaries, though the infectious humor contained in the first essay stays with me. ¿Surfer Girl¿ is an account of author Janet Spurr¿s strenuous and wonderful midlife achievement¿and I found myself applauding her pursuit of a long-held dream. The essays I read are warm and entertaining, and Janet captures a variety of summer beach experiences. The accounts are followed by thoughtful ¿Low Tide Times,¿ which encourage readers to think about and act on their own dreams 'while Janet cheers them on!'. Reviewed by Marie Mead, author 'with collaborator Nancy LaRoche' of Rabbits: Gentle Hearts, Valiant Spirits ¿ Inspirational Stories of Rescue, Triumph, and Joy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2008

    Memories

    The book made me realize how important memories are and the need to capture them in writing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2008

    Beach Chair Bliss

    This book made me head straight for the waves, the fresh salty air, and beach chair bliss...Janet Spurr will get me to Maui and beyond some day... My recommendation is to pack a lime rickey and plan your travel schedule.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2008

    Who needs to get sandy?

    I may live half an hour from the beach, but Ms Spurr's book means that I can enjoy all the fun of the beach and the scenery 'including the surfing hunks' without wasting gas and getting sand in my swimsuit. Great debut collection, can't wait for more stories from this break out author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2008

    A reviewer

    If you are looking for some easy reading to lift your spirits, pick up a copy of the Beach Chair Diaries. It's an uplifting book with crazy, fun escapades, which are simple to get lost in time and time again. This is a terrific gift book - especially for anyone who enjoys living on the coast/water and spending their summers at the beach!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2008

    fun!

    Enjoyable, a pleasure to read ! Reminded me to lighten up and have fun!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2008

    A reviewer

    You've got to love a book about the beach, boating, and eating lobstah! This is a fun read and I found myself laughing out loud at times - beach chair therapy indeed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2008

    A reviewer

    This book is wonderfully refreshing! Spurr is witty, charming, and capable of inspiring laughter from any one who picks up the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2008

    A Little Bit of Summer in a Lively Little BooK

    Reading Janet E. Spurr's 'Beach Chair Diaries:Summer Tales from Maine to Maui' is like taking a mini vacation. On a recent hectic afternoon I picked up this book and almost immediately heard the call of the sea. Spurr's warm travel anecdotes and funny stories about life near the ocean had me laughing and imagining cool waves lapping at my toes while my blood pressure dropped. Questions for personal reflection and some practical tips at the end of each chapter brought the carefree joy of Summer a little bit closer. This is a fun book to dip into and also share with friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2008

    Cool waves, Hot sun, summertime fun

    I enjoyed immensely reading Ms. Spurr's wonderful essays on the joys and passions of sun worshipping and enjoyins life while sitting in a beach chair. This book is guaranteed to put a smile on your face as you recall the wonderful memories of your own beachgoing experience. Right on Spurr and pass the sunscreen!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2009

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