Boat: A Memoir of Friendship, Faith, Death, and Life Everlasting

Boat: A Memoir of Friendship, Faith, Death, and Life Everlasting

by Michael Baughman


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Boat: A Memoir of Friendship, Faith, Death, and Life Everlasting by Michael Baughman

When ten-year-old Michael Baughman moves to Hawaii with his parents, he is troubled and confused. His father doesn’t provide the guidance Baughman needs and the boy doesn’t know who to turn to. When a larger-than-life Hawaiian “beachboy” named Boat takes Baughman under his wing, the boy finds a teacher and mentor. Boat is 285 pounds of solid muscle but gentle spirituality, and he introduces the boy to the ways of Hawaiian mysticism, offering simple, profound wisdom that helps Baughman thrive in an otherwise lonely childhood. Even after Baughman leaves the islands seven years later, the unlikely friendship endures for the rest of Boat’s life, influencing and inspiring the author to this day. 

Baughman’s narrative begins with a distressed boy at a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game and ends more than six decades later with himself as a content old man experiencing a miracle in Mexico. With a photographic memory, Baughman recalls virtually verbatim every significant conversation he had with Boat. Boat spoke Hawaiian Pidgin English, and its unique lilt and rhythm grace this touching memoir. A testament to friendship and the revelations provoked by wisdom in unexpected places.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611454932
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Publication date: 06/05/2012
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Born in Buffalo and raised in western Pennsylvania, Michael Baughman moved to Hawaii at age ten. After college he served in the US Army in Germany, after which he returned to teach and write. He lives in Ashland, Oregon, with his wife of fifty years, children, and grandchildren.

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William Wiegand

This book is a treasure: vivid, humble, smart. There's nothing fashionably enigmatic about "Boat," the adult Hawaiian who works on Waikiki beach and befriends the athletic young haole schoolboy, Mike, who is equally straightforward. What Boat has to offer helps Mike, even as he leaves the Islands, to seek his own "place" in any often lethally angry world, and to find the near mystical moments of pure joy.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This chronicle of a young man's friendship with an amazing Hawaiian man named Boat had the potential to be a great memoir. Instead, the author's preoccupation with himself leaves the reader feeling shortchanged. The characters seem flat and lifeless as if the author is afraid to let them speak in their own voices. Even Boat isn't portrayed with the depth of feeling that he deserves. I enjoyed the book, but I wish that the author had waited to write it until he has matured as a writer. As it is, he doesn't quite do justice to a person as strong and loving as Boat must have been.