Voyages, stories, and adventures at sea.



Sailing Alone Around the World

By Joshua Slocum


In April 1895, the author left Boston in his 36-foot sloop, Spray. His book is a vivid chronicle of the three-year, 46,000-mile voyage that made him the first person to circumnavigate the globe single-handedly. His adventures and thoughts in route made his book a bestseller in his day, and an enduring classic of the sea.



The Greatest Sailing Stories Ever Told

Edited by Christopher Caswell


From Ernest Shackleton’s matter-of-fact account of a harrowing small-boat journey in the Antarctic to William F. Buckley’s cultivated essay of pleasure cruising, this rich anthology presents a feast of engaging sailing stories. With contributions from Tristan Jones, Samuel Eliot Morrison, Ann Davison, E. B. White, and more.



Godforsaken Sea

By Derek Lundy


The Vendée Globe is as treacherous a race as any sailor—to say nothing of a landlubber—could imagine, demanding its participants circumnavigate the globe alone, in a single boat, without stopping. The four-month 1996-97 contest was thrilling, dangerous, and dramatic, and Lundy conveys every bit of its excitement.



Restoring My Family’s Wooden Sailboat

By Daniel Robb


Detailing the sublime joys (and occasional aggravations) of his education in boatbuilding, Daniel Robb’s detailed report on his restoration of a family sailboat—a classic wooden Herreshoff built to navigate the coastal waters of New England—is a marvelous meditation on craft, materials, place, and memory.



Maiden Voyage 

By Tania Aebi


An 18-year-old bicycle messenger is rescued from her aimlessness by her father's challenge, presented as a choice: a funded college education or a 26-foot sloop in which she has to sail around the world. Aebi chose the latter course, and her account of her two-year voyage is a sprightly narrative of coming-of-age on board.

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.