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.

April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.