At forty, Mary South seemed to have it all a beautiful home in Pennsylvania, a group of close friends, the companionship of two loving Jack Russell terriers and a successful career in book publishing But shuttling between the conference room at work and her couch in front of the TV at home, South couldn t help feeling that she was missing something intangible but essentiAt forty, Mary South seemed to have it all a beautiful home in Pennsylvania, a group of close friends, the companionship of two loving Jack Russell terriers and a successful career in book publishing But shuttling between the conference room at work and her couch in front of the TV at home, South couldn t help feeling that she was missing something intangible but essential So she decided to go looking for it where so many have before at sea.Six months later, she had quit her job, sold the house, graduated seamanship school and was living aboard a 40 foot, 30 ton steel trawler Despite South s total lack of experience, the maiden voyage of the rechristened Bossanova was to be a journey up the eastern seaboard Along with her crew the dogs and her buddy John her odd couple opposite in politics, lifestyle and pretty much everything except a love of the open ocean , she set off on a fifteen hundred mile odyssey from Florida to Maine But what began as the fulfillment of an idle wish became a crash course in navigating the byways of the self.The Cure for Anything Is Salt Water traces South s voyage from the charming Americana of Florida s Intracoastal Waterway out into the often stormy waters of the Atlantic As the trip progresses, South grapples not only with whatever Poseidon throws her way, but also with the ghosts of family and loves lost For anyone with a secret dream that s gone unfulfilled, here is a reck
The Cure for Anything Is Salt Water How I Threw My Life Overboard and Found Happiness at Sea At forty Mary South seemed to have it all a beautiful home in Pennsylvania a group of close friends the companionship of two loving Jack Russell terriers and a successful career in book publishing
Description At forty, Mary South seemed to have it all a beautiful home in Pennsylvania, a group of close friends, the companionship of two loving Jack Russell terriers and a successful career in book publishing But shuttling between the conference room at work and her couch in front of the TV at home, South couldn t help feeling that she was missing something intangible but essential So she decided to go looking for it where so many have before at sea.Six months later, she had quit her job, sol [...]
A good realistic look at what it takes to buy a boat, learn to handle the boat and the first 1000 mile journey I d always had this fantasy that it would be great to just buy a sailboat I m too frugal to pay for gas and take off Mary choose a motored boat as it would be easier to learn What I learned is that my easy life fantasy would probably get me killed Thank you Mary you may have saved my life
I truly wanted to like this book, because it is the epitome of what I ve always been tempted to do with my own life sail away from my stressful life on my boat But maybe it was because of the fact that I m a lifelong sailor that I found this book to be very amateurish From her overly hyped boating course to the other frustrating situations that a newly learned textbook boater might find herself in, I had a hard time wanting to stay on the Bossonova with Mary and her long stories about long lost [...]
I don t know a lot about boats, but I enjoyed the story of South s adventures on her own trawler from Florida to New York I do know something about publishing, so I found her references to her previous career fairly entertaining Her references to her past love life were a little harder to connect with she seems like a fairly rigid person when it comes to her relationships and her views of people Her description of her fling with a man after years of only dating women was equally hard to understa [...]
Excellent the technical parts were well done she makes it sound simple for as tough as it was to get started A quick and enjoyable read I do, however, believe the dogs should not have been put through so much traumatization as they evidently were, during the storms at seapoor things They should have been shipped ahead to a luxury kennel ps I am taking one star away because the only way this book could be improved is if it had PICTURES OF THE BOSSANOVA and of the trip, and a combination map timel [...]
This is non fiction As salt water soothes my soul, I found the title intriguing I love reading about others abandoning their day to day lives and taking off on life changing adventures something I yearn to do, but am either too practical or too chicken to do I d give this book stars if I was interested in boatingme of the technical descriptions caused my mind to wander The author is someone with whom I d love to have a conversationif for no other reason than to ask how did you let go of fear a [...]
This was an enjoyable, quick read I liked her writing style, very accessible I found the title a little misleading, although one could call me anal She didn t really throw her life overboard, in my mind She quit her job, sold her house, bought a boat and set out for 3 weeks I thought the trip would have been longer and remote and adventuresome than that So leaves me thinking Maybe I should throw my life overboard and seek some REAL adventure Then write about it And perhaps that s what Mary Sout [...]
I confess to having a weakness for non fiction books about women who check out of their normal hum drum lives, do interesting things, preferably on their own.I admire this.Mary South is an interesting woman who did an interesting thing, on her own She up and quit her job because it was annoying her, and wasn t working for her, and found a better life.I m always am in favor of this if it s not working for you and you can do it.Plus I did it, so I m biased.She said re her job, I was in a contamina [...]
The brief biography of a woman s approach to becoming a sailor, perhaps to suit her nickname, Mare Having been employed as an editor for many years in several locations she found it time to begin anew with a home on a boat A steel hulled trawler was her choice To overcome a deficit of experience Mare enrolled in an accelerated course in Florida coincidentally co located near the boat she was buying Surviving the traumas of the nine week course she and a fellow graduate sail the newly christened [...]
At forty, South chose to set aside her conventional life and follow her dream which led her to Florida to buy a trawler, into which she moved She had no boating experience, just a nine week course under her belt No real crew, just a friend from that course to help her get the boat to Massachusetts And she had no plan about what to do when she got there.Premise, yes Execution, hmm Most of the book is devoted to that trip north or rather, first to that seamanship course and then to the trip north [...]
This was a quick read, and did make me want to be out on the ocean It is interesting that it wasn t better edited considering she used to be an editor I think that at times the mentions of her past relationships seemed choppy and out of place although they were relevant to the change process she was going through by buying the boat this was a quick fun memoir about an interesting life experience.
This memoir really struck a chord with me the notion of abandoning your reasonably stable but conventional career, as well as conventional wisdom and following your dream, no matter how audacious I also like her writing style, and there are some truly memorable, funny lines, like the font she used to pen her boat s name on it s stern, Retardica Bold ,
This is a nice story about a woman wanting to explore a new lifestyle, and reinvent herself It is very admirable that Ms South was able to accomplish so much at sea I enjoyed learning about the mechanics of ships, nautical exploration, and navigation Surprisingly, I was not bored with all the technical marine details It reads like fiction.
Change is good
loved the book, and wish they could make it into a movie
interesting tale woman buys boat and captains DL to Maine
I read this memoir on the plane back from a Fort Myers Beach vacation, so I was in that beachy headspace that perceived returning home as some sort of trauma The driving force behind South s imperative to reject her successfully privileged life and embark on one less conventional is becoming ubiquitous in women s memoirs, indicating commonality amongst women as outsiders It is no surprise that she escapes via the Bossanova into a likewise marginal lifestyle, albeit self chosen and happily quirky [...]
This book I brought along with me on a cruise as I thought it would be great sea reading It was less about Mary s adventures and about her love life She recounts tales of former lesbian lovers However, I did enjoy the information contained about ships at sea, Coast Guard communications, charting, and porting I feel like I could talk intelligently about boating now I enjoyed the few times she delved into friendships, but thought some of her other relationships added a choppy, disjointed aspect t [...]
Mary South was unhappy, very unhappy, with her life as a successful book editor She quits her job, sells her house, buys a boat, grabs her two Jack Russell terriers and heads to Florida for seamanship school Her trip back up the Atlantic in her boat was one of the least interesting parts of the book for me I did enjoy the latter portion of the book when she delves fully into self exploration and her discovery of how she wants her life to progress forward If I had to base my rating on the back h [...]
About a middle aged single tomboy, who had enough of life in the publishing houses of New York and all that goes with it Buys a boat, a big one at that, and takes it for a spin up the East of USA, and finds a new person in herself.A well written, short and interesting book, with a flavour of naivity Not a book for information, but of what drives someone She loves her boat despite it being little on the ugly ducking side of things, it is after all a Bolger design, very pratical, roomy, 40ft long [...]
Mary South must have been a great editor, because there are no wasted words or irrelevant side trips in her true life maritime adventure You don t have to be a boat lover to enjoy this witty, upbeat, life affirming book I admire Ms South for her courage and self deprecating humor If I d read this two years ago, I might have gotten up the courage to learn to drive our RV instead of leaving all the driving to my husband.
Interesting because of the boat, but the writer was pretty catty, and much of the subject matter didn t really pertain her lovelife , since it wasn t associated with the boat Seemed like filler, to keep the readers interests, because she didn t have enough to say about her boating experiences For all that, though, I enjoyed reading what little she wrote about the ICW, and going offshore.
1.5 stars, rounding up to 2 too much memoir, not enough salt water some useful and interesting nautical bits so that earns the round up about a third of the way in i found myself not caring about the author s past relationships, etc and ended up heavily skimming to the end wouldn t have bothered if it wasn t so short 211 pages still, someone else might like it, so off to the library s donations table instead of the recycling.
I really enjoyed the first few chapters of this book and highly recommend starting it, but not finishing it The momentum ebbs and flows and while enjoyable is not really something that needs to be prioritized It is very interesting however in the first few chapters to see someone making such life altering decisions And yes, the romantic notion of throwing it all overboard and sailing around the world cannot be overrated.
A lot like Eat Pray Love in that this is an autobiography about a woman s escape from a bad relationship job situation whatever by running off on an adventure I wasn t a fan of Eat Pray Love and South isn t even close to being in that league of writing Not enough boating and a strange non ending.
The title promised a lot and I was eager to get the taste of a great sea adventure But sadly, when I finished reading it, I thought where is the book the author promised Its a book about a sea adventure, but I dont remember reading any description of any wave and I think that summarises it The Author described all the places she stopped, but she didnt tell us anything all the water she crossed.Very sad, it could have been a wonderful book.
Love the idea of giving up everything and going sailing for a few months However, I found much of the premise to be unbelievable with quitting your job and giving up your retirement fund, all for a boat that is barely staying afloat I found her comments about her sexuality out of place and not connected with the rest of the book The last fifty pages seem out of place.
Life gets a reboot Not a riveting tale for me but I sure see why it is for others Mary South writes well, though some of the writing is clearly intended to be cathartic for her than enlightening to her readers Still, her situation in life is easy to identify with and it s also easy to understand her choice of method for rebooting her life A good read.
Not bad, but not much either Kinda fluffy I liked the boating parts but felt bad for the 2 jack russells I d say, if you re looking in this genre, try Eat Pray Love instead it s miles better.
A quick read and although her writing is a little awkward at times she seems to give an honest account of this adventure of her life I was interested in her experiences with seamanship school, acquiring the boat and the journey itself than her background and what led her to embark on such a jump from the norm in the first place.