At forty, Mary South had a beautiful home, good friends, and a successful career in book publishing. But she couldn't help feeling that she was missing something intangible but essential. So she decided to go looking for it . . . at sea. Six months later she had quit her job, sold the house, and was living aboard a forty-foot, thirty-ton steel trawler she rechristened Bossanova. Despite her total lack of experience, South set out on her maiden voyage—a fifteen-hundred-mile odyssey from Florida to Maine—with her one-man, two-dog crew. But what began as the fulfillment of an idle wish became a crash course in navigating the complicated byways of the self.
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About the Author
Mary South was a founding editor of Riverhead Books. In the course of her career, she edited an eclectic list of award-winning and bestselling books, including The South Beach Diet. When she is not aboard the Bossanova, South lives in New York City, where she is now senior editor of Yachting magazine.
What People are Saying About This
“Mary South’s gutsy decision to follow her heart is truly inspiring. I admire her courageous spirit and the fortitude she exhibits in pursuing her own happiness.”
“Mary South’s courage and amazing sense of adventure is proof that if you allow your strength to come out, nothing can stop you. Her book is a must for all women!”
“Mary South had the guts to do what many of us would love to do—throw one life overboard and see what happens next. Her story is brave and inspiring.”
“Engaging and lovable...Find a nice high chair and stand on it, applauding the existence of a writer and person like Mary South.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A mostly biographical account of how the author came to own a steel trawler and how her life changed as a result. An introspective look at how life on a boat is fundamentally alters how one experiences and perceives the world. I thought it would be about the boat, but I was pleased that it was about Mary South.
I wanted this book to knock my socks off. I had such hope for it, and although I admire Mary South for taking the plunge into a whole new world-I felt the writing was lacking. It took odd twists at the end. I would have rather heard more about her love of the Bossonova and more excursions with her then her sudden love affair with a man. It did nothing to enhance the book.
My disappointment stems from the hope that someone has thrown it all to the sea and lives by it/on it, she does not. Her story is about a single trip up the eastern coast and her seemingly unhappy life of a lesbian. Mary portrays a confused life that spends most of the time on the negative side of things, somewhat depressing, your only relief is when she talked about the actual voyage itself. Her attacks on people and even a town that she visited was uncalled for and could have been left out. Save your money and time if you are looking for a book about living on the open sea. At the end of her trip, the boat becomes nothing more than a stored piece of furniture, that to the liking of storing your lawn mower for the winter!!!
If you live with an 'itch' of wanting to take a new direction in your life and/or if you ever dream of taking an adventure out on the water, then this is a great read for you...and it may lead you to get that itch scratched. Mary South actually jumped out and did what many of us dream about. She made a bold move right in the middle of what everyone would describe as a successful life - she had a great job, family and friends. Along the way, she started to question the routine of it all...the rut of it all. She tells her story of her decision to break out of the rut and tells it honestly including all of it's up and downs. Her writing makes you feel as if you know her and she is writing a letter to you about it. If you have ever had the feeling of just wanting to get away from the race for a while, you can do it vicariously through her in this book and it will probably inspire you to make your own leap, whether big or small. It's a good story. I would have given a 5 rating but she didn't go into the thoughts behind the trip as much as I would have liked. I would have loved more of her thinking before, during and after the trip about her life. She does somewhat, but a lot of the book is about the trip itself and what happens on the boat with occasional diversions about past relationships. Even so, at the end, there is a very good 'wrap up' of things. She gives some things to ponder which I enjoyed. Also, there is a surprise towards the end that you will not see coming. I appreciate her openness in this book and for taking me on the get-away with her. It's a good read. It's thought provoking and inspiring.