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January 15, 2009

The Annotated Sailing Alone Around the World



No review (yet). Just a shameless plug for my husband!



From Amazon:

Review

A classic book. . . . Slocum's writing is as elegant as his thirty-seven-foot sloop, SPRAY, whose crossing of the Atlantic he describes vividly. --New Yorker

A literate and absorbing yarn published in 1900 and still in print. . . [Slocum's] story is a convincing tale of the intelligence, skill and fortitude that drove a master navigator. --New York Times

As a writer Slocum is given to plain understatement, dry wit, wry humor and Yankee observations about nature that led some to call him a sea-locked Thoreau. . . . He offers descriptive glances at the sea, in storm or calm, that can rival those of Joseph Conrad. --Smithsonian

Product Description

Joshua Slocum's The Annotated Sailing Alone Around the World is a classic, beloved by sailors the world over who have enjoyed this engrossing tale of a man who sails around the world alone in a small wooden sailboat built with his own hands. This edition is thoroughly annotated by teacher/journalist Rod Scher, who provides explanation, commentary, clarification, and "In the News" sidebars for historical context that will make Slocum's masterpiece more accessible to today's readers, sailors and landlubbers alike.

About the Author

Joshua Slocum was the first man to sail alone around the world. It was a feat that made him the patron saint of small boat sailors everywhere. His voyage, retold in Sailing Alone Around the World, took place from 1895 to 1898. It made Slocum and his little boat SPRAY forever famous.

Rod Scher received his M.Ed. from the University of Oregon. A longtime boating enthusiast, writer, and former English teacher, he is currently VP of Technology for Class.com, where he spends much of his time developing educational software while plotting ways to get back out on the water. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.





15 comments:

  1. Very cool. Very, very cool. :)

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  2. Anonymous8:03 PM

    Really, really cool. Yahoo, Rod!

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  3. You'll have to come up with an endcap that features this prominently. Congratulations, Rod!

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  4. Yay! Rod is famous!!! We'll get ours ordered.

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  5. Nancy8:03 AM

    WOW, Les, that's so exciting! Way to go, Rod! I'd love to read it.

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  6. Wow, wow, wow!! I am so excited for him! What a great thing to do. How long has this been in the works? I can see a whole table at 'your' bookstore covered with nothing but this book. :<) Really I am thrilled.

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  7. What an exciting event! I'm so happy for Rod.

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  8. Wow. That is so impressive. Congrats to your hubby!

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  9. Thank you all for your lovely comments. And a big thank you to everyone who has already pre-ordered a copy.

    Nan, to answer your question, it's been in the works for a little over a year now. It took about six months to write.

    I may not be able to have an entire table set with copies, but I'm sure I can put together a nice endcap. :) I'm trying to convince Rod to sign up for the local author event at the store this June. I think he might draw a decent size crowd. Sure would be fun!

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  10. Very cool! Congratulations to Rod! :)

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  11. Congrats to Rod! Wow -- that's fabulous! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful accomplishment with us, Lesley. ~Kim

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  12. Wow, this is wonderful! Congrats to your hubby. And, have you already prominently displayed it everywhere at the store?! :)

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  13. There's no shame in that plug! That's chest-puffing, button-popping pride. So very awesome. Pass my congratulations on to Rod.

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  14. Thanks again for all the great comments. I've passed them on to Rod and he's very flattered.

    No display at work yet, Iliana. The book doesn't come out until March 1st, but you can be sure I'll get something set up as soon as possible. Might even have a give-away here on my blog. Stay tuned!

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