Seaworthy by Linda Greenlaw
A Swordboat Captain Returns to the Sea

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The bestselling author's sequel to The Hungry Ocean--a fast-paced account of her return to swordfishing

Linda Greenlaw hadn't been bluewater fishing for ten years- not since the events chronicled in the books The Perfect Storm and The Hungry Ocean-but when her lobster traps aren't paying off, her truck is on its last gasp, and the bills are piling up, she decides to take a friend up on his offer and captain a boat for a season of swordfishing. A decade older, and with family responsibilities, she's a different person heading out to sea, but any reluctance is quickly tempered by the magnetic lure of adventure. And the adventures begin almost immediately: The ship turns out to be rusty and ancient, and even with a crew of four Greenlaw is faced with technical challenges. There are the expected complexities of longline fishing and the nuances of reading the weather. Her greatest challenge, however, comes when the boat's lines inadvertently drift into Canadian waters and Greenlaw is thrown in jail.

Capturing the moment-by-moment details of her journey, Greenlaw tells a story about human nature and the nature around us, about learning what can be controlled and when to let fate step in. Seaworthy is a compelling narrative about a person setting her own terms and finding her true self between land and water.
 

About Linda Greenlaw

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LINDA GREENLAW is America's only female swordfish boat captain and was featured in the book and film The Perfect Storm and in the Discovery Channel series Swords: Life on the Line. She has written three New York Times bestsellers, including The Lobster Chronicles, two mysteries and has coauthored a cookbook. She currently lives on Isle au Haut, Maine.
 
Published May 26, 2010 by Penguin Books. 259 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Travel, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The dialogue can be wooden at times, and there is a certain ripeness to some of the passages—“the diving night splashed light onto the opposite horizon, which swam like spawning salmon up the riverlike sky”—but Greenlaw speaks with unquestionable authority when fashioning the salty atmosphere of ...

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After a 10-year hiatus from blue-water fishing, Greenlaw (Hungry Ocean ) went cautiously to sea, seeking a payday and perspective on her life. Thanks to

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After a 10-year hiatus from blue-water fishing, Greenlaw (Hungry Ocean ) went cautiously to sea, seeking a payday and perspective on her life.

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Ten years after retiring from long-line offshore fishing for a life of lobster-trapping and writing on Isle au Haut off the coast of Maine, Linda Greenlaw succumbed to "a deep yearning to go out of [her] comfort zone one more time" and find out whether, at 47, she was still seaworthy.

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Examiner

Greenlaw, the author of seven books about the sea (mostly swordfishing and lobstering) and one of the “stars” of the Discovery Channel’s “Swords: Life on the Line,” series, recently published her latest book, “Seaworthy,” which she calls a sequel to “The Hungry Ocean.” After 10 years of retirem...

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Book Reporter

Made the only female captain of a swordfishing boat at age 24, she retains that status and has earned the accolade from Sebastian Junger, author of THE PERFECT STORM, in which she is featured as “one of the best captains, period, on the entire east coast.” She was 29 in 1991 as she and her crew s...

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Oregon Live

Linda Greenlaw didn't really need to return to commercial fishing, a career that consumed her life for 19 years, from college until her last swordfishing trip in 1998.

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Military.com

She does have plenty to tell: her arrest after the fishing gear accidentally drifts into Canadian water, the exploits and personalities of her four crew members, a storm that almost washes one of them overboard, the silly humor that can redeem a bad day at sea.

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Florida Times-Union

Sailors, after spending an extended amount of time on a small boat on the open ocean, tend to remember the good and forget the bad.

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