The Shell and the Octopus: A Memoir

The Shell and the Octopus: A Memoir

by Rebecca Stirling
The Shell and the Octopus: A Memoir

The Shell and the Octopus: A Memoir

by Rebecca Stirling

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Overview

This is the story of Rebecca Stirling’s childhood: a young girl raised by the sea, by men, and by literature. Circumnavigating the world on a thirty-foot sailboat, the Stirlings spend weeks at a time on the open ocean, surviving storms and visiting uncharted islands and villages. Ushered through her young life by a father who loves adventure, women, and extremes, Rebecca befriends “working girls” in the ports they visit (as they are often the only other females present in the bars that they end up in) and, on the boat, falls in love with her crewmate and learns to live like the men around her. But her driven nature and the role models in the books she reads make her determined to be a lady, continue her education, begin a career, live in a real home, and begin a family of her own. Once she finally gets away from the boat and her dad and sets to work upon making her own dream a reality, however, Rebecca begins to realize life is not what she thought it would be—and when her father dies in a tragic accident, she must return to her old life to sift through the mess and magic he has left behind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781647423230
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 07/26/2022
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Rebecca Stirling lives between Aspen, Colorado, and Kauai, Hawaii, with her two children. She teaches creative art and writing classes to help spread the knowledge and ingenuity of world cultures. She continues to sail and travel, read and write, and has a love for the stories individuals, cultures, and our earth have to tell.

Table of Contents

Part I

1 Accident 15

2 Earth Angels 21

3 Funeral 24

4 Roots 31

5 Wendy 35

6 The Legal System 38

7 Peng Chau 44

8 Queen of the Sulu Sea 50

9 Seychelles 54

10 Europe 59

11 Marsh Harbour 62

12 Colorado Mountains 65

13 Sleepy Cat Motel 67

14 Wild Horses 71

15 Florida 73

16 Cuba 75

17 Hymen 82

18 Cayman Islands 86

19 Jamaica 92

20 Magic Ocean Watch 96

21 Colorado 101

22 School 106

23 Dr. Manship 109

24 Saat Kaur 113

25 Sextant 116

26 Molokai 118

27 Kauai 121

Part II

28 Young Adulthood 125

29 Port Vila, Vanuatu 128

30 Sail from Port Vila 133

31 Solomon Islands 140

32 Espiritu Santo 144

33 Honiara 152

34 Russell Islands 160

35 Deep Dive 172

36 An Island Near Port Gizo 175

37 The Other World 182

38 Sail from Gizo to Thursday Island 185

39 Thursday Island 190

40 New Zealand 203

41 College 208

Part III

42 Big Island 213

43 Grey Beard 216

44 Lee Lee 219

45 Ujung Pandang, Makassar, Indonesia 225

46 Sail to Sumatra 230

47 Jakarta 236

48 Career 254

49 Memory 261

Part IV

50 Motherhood 263

51 Everything 266

52 Sulu Sea 268

53 Wings 270

54 Breaking Free 274

55 Nowhere to Hide 278

56 Impermanence 281

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