Kathryn Lasky, a midwesterner descended from a long line of recently arrived Russian Jews, married Christopher Knight, a sailor descended from a long line of Grand Banks fishermen and Nantucket whaling captains. Neither fully understood what they were getting into.
As a wedding present they were given a thirty-foot ketch, and as they began their honeymoon on Leucothea, Kathryn had a lovely vision of island hopping in Penobscot Bay, Maine. Chris, however, was a voyager, and what began as an idyllic honeymoon extended into an Atlantic crossing, three years of sailing in Europe, and a long voyage home. Ten years and one child later, the voyage was finished, the Atlantic circle completed. And the marriage was still going.
Of all the accounts of blue water sail boat cruising, this stands apart. Kathryn did not become a "salt." She remains baffled about a bowline and a mortal enemy of the gimbaled alcohol stove - Her account is a wonderful breath of fresh air; a welcome sound of laughter, and a frank look at life afloat. It is also the story of a marriage, of self-discovery, and of understanding of what a voyage truly means. She says it is unromantic, and yet it is romantic in its look at sailing and what it meant to two very different people and their marriage.
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About the Author
Kathryn Lasky is the Newbery Honor author of over 100 fiction and nonfiction books for children and adults. Her books range from critically acclaimed nonfiction titles such as Sugaring Time and historical fiction in the Dear America series to the wildly popular Guardians of Ga'hoole fantasy series about owls. She was born and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in early childhood education from Wheelock College. When she was in elementary school, she was labeled a "reluctant reader." The label was only half right, as she explains: "The truth was that I didn't really like the kind of books they had you reading at school — the 'See Dick, see Jane' books. So I made a voluntary withdrawal from reading in school. But I loved the books my mom was reading to me, books like Peter Pan and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." It was stories like these that led her to think up her own stories, although she says, "I never told anyone or showed anyone my stories." Lasky's interests as a writer range far and wide. To do research for her nonfiction books, she's been everywhere from a sheep-shearing farm, to a doll maker’s workshop, to a small sailboat crossing the Atlantic, to a paleontology dig in Montana. She says that whatever she's writing, fiction or nonfiction, "the most important thing is if a story is real. Even in my nonfiction books, telling a story is more important than reciting the facts. I am sure a lot of folks must think I'm rather scattered doing all these different books. But to me, the whole point of being an artist is to get up every morning and reinvent the world." She is married to Christopher Knight, who has photographed 18 of her nonfiction books, and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her New York Times bestselling series “Guardians of Ga’Hoole” is the basis for the Warner Bros. feature film “Legend of the Guardians.” Her awards include: 2011 Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers’ Literature Maine State Library Katahdin Award for lifetime achievment in childrens’ literature The Washington Post / Children's Book Guild Award: for the body of Lasky's non-fiction work Orbis Pictus Honor for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children: The Man Who Made Time Travel & John Muir: America's First Environmentalist Boston Globe Horn Book Award: Weaver's Gift Newbery Honor: Sugaring Time Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year 2011: Ashes Smithsonian Notable Books for Children list for 2009: One Beetle Too Many John Burroughs Association Nature Books for Young Readers: The Most Beautiful Roof in the World & John Muir: America's First Environmentalist 2006 IRA Teachers' Choice: Broken Song ALA Best Book for Young Adults: Beyond the Burning Time National Jewish Book Award: The Night Journey & Marven of the Great North Woods New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book: She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head! American Bookseller's Pick of The List: True North Library of Congress Notable Book and Parents' Choice Honor Book: The Librarian Who Measured the Earth Edgar Allen Poe Nominee, Best Children's Mystery of The Year: Alice Rose and Sam & Double Trouble Squared National Academy of Science, Best Book of The Year: Monarchs
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I hoped this would be a good book about sailing from a woman's POV? But the authors point of view is of a woman who really doesn't like sailing! So it is filled instead with tales of her life which is frankly boring. Not a good book about sailing but okay if you want a story of a woman forced by marriage to tough it out....