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"Margot Datz is a mythical wisp herself, a wood nymph who walks this earth and paints by the mile. She lives by the sea, surviving on detail, the exotic, and on beauty. Her antennae are always high. She listens, she digests, and she pontificates with care and humor. If anyone in this dimension has heard messages from the merfolk, Margot would be the one." -- Patience Brewster, author, artist, and creator of the Krinkles™

"Margot Datz's ability to communicate a fragile and funny reality is unique to her. I've never seen anything like it." -- Carly Simon, author and musician

"Margot Datz's A Survival Guide for Landlocked Mermaids succeeds beyond my wildest dreams, with a unique blend of whimsical woman-wisdom that is elevating to the spirit and affirming to the soul. It leaves us feeling good about our woman-selves and gives us a roadmap to that place where we can embrace all that we are, unapologetically, with confidence and joy, and, of course, the whimsy we all need--not only to survive but to prosper." -- Charlayne Hunter-Gault, part-time vineyarder, Johannesburg-based journalist, and author of No News Out of Africa

"For years now I've been blessed with the wit and wisdom of Margot Datz, and now it's your turn. She has put her heart and paintbrush into this book...you'll love it!" -- Susan Branch, author of the Heart of the Home series

"Margot Datz is the sexiest genius alive. Her breathtakingly magical art is the perfect complement for this unique survival guide who are themselves landlocked mermaids. Smart, soothing, funny, warm, and elegant, the book engages the spirit of any reader." -- Linda Fairstein, international bestselling author of Bad Blood and Death Dance

About the Author

Margot Datz is an in-demand painter, illustrator, and mural artist based in Martha's Vineyard. Her work has appeared in House and Gardens, Home Magazine, InStyle, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Publishers Weekly, The Boston Globe, Newsweek, and many regional publications, as well as CNN and NPR's "All Things Considered." Dustin Hoffman bought her first piece of art. Other clients include Diane Sawyer, Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, and Carly Simon. Datz has maintained a close creative affiliation with Carly Simon, designing and moralizing her nightclub Hot Tin Roof and her homes, and illustrating four of her children's books, with Jacqueline Onnassis as editor.

Datz began her career as a sculptress and exhibited regularly in one-woman and group shows in Manhattan, New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, and Martha's Vineyard. In 1978 she established Margot Datz Designs, specializing in murals and architectural trompe l'oeil, decorative painting, and interior design. She has created murals for a number of children's hospitals, dozens of prominent businesses, hundreds of homes, and the Martha's Vineyard Steamship Authority Ferry Terminal, which receives over one million tourists and travelers annually. Datz also creates original paintings, exhibits annually, and is a well-established island painter.

Enamored and bemused by the New England region, Datz developed her own indigenous iconography based on lighthouses, sailors, fishermen, mermaids, and their interplay with the great blue sea. Her archetypal approach to her surroundings addresses humorously and compassionately contemporary living and loving dilemmas as modern folk.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words; Atria Books/Beyond Words 1st Hardcover Ed edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582701601
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582701608
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wow! I'm blown away by this book. "A Survival Guide for Landlocked Mermaids" is a beautifully illustrated, beautifully produced little gem that should sit on every woman's nightstand. The author uses the archetype of the mermaid to share her journey of self-discovery with the reader. The book is as whimsical and entertaining, as it is wise and thought provoking.

Every page depicts a different mermaid and eloquently describes a correlating life lesson with poignancy and humor. The lessons offer the modern woman sound advice in dealing with her various struggles. Often feeling like fish out of water (or Mermaids out of water), we strive to fit-in - to be all things to all people - to strike a balance in our hectic lives where we're expected to wear many hats simultaneously and wear them all fabulously.

I immediately recognized myself in several of Margot Datz's mermaids and saw my girlfriends in many of the others. I am ordering a copy for every wonderful woman in my life!
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WOW! For a book that I thought was going to be cutesy and flippant, it turned out to be very insightful. It seems this book was written for me. I've always wondered why I seem different than everyone else, I'm a mermaid. Wonderfully written and witty. Brought tears to my eyes. I do not belong in a fishbowl.
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Step into the world of luscious femininity floating in rich tones and wisdom as deep as the ocean. This is not only a survival guide but a guide to owning all our myriad facets as women and mermaids. A guide to a return to our power as women owning our sensuality. Revel in Margot's sage wisdom and insight and absolutely plunge into the fabulous paintings and experience the world of deep waters and frilly lace, shells and sea creatures, awash in humor and delicacy. An utter delight from beginning to end. A must have for every self respecting landlocked mermaid.
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This superb book is filled with tidbits of wisdom and many laughs. What a wonderful present! Each time I read this book a notice a new picture or line that I feel I didnt take in the last time. The dozens of illustrations are beautiful and take the reader to a new playful and surreal land.
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OH MY GOSH! FOR EVERY WOMAN WHO LOVES BEING A WOMAN, WHO DREAMS ABOUT THE SEA AND WHO TRIES TO BE A GOOD FRIEND. FOR EVERY WOMAN WHO WANTS TO FIND HER INNER MERMAID! THIS BOOK IS PERFECT! THE ARTWORK, THE WORDS AND MOST OF ALL, THE VISION! MY FAVORITE - AND IS A FAVORITE TO ALL OF MY MERMAID FRIENDS! IT TICKLES MY FINS!
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This is an absolutely delightful book for mermaid lore lovers! The art work is amazing.....vibrant and fun. The writing is wonderful. This makes a great gift book and is a must for all mermaid lovers!
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The author has provided sensibility and great humor to the stages of a woman's life and her pursuit of finding herself and relationships that work. The artwork is great and overall a very delightful book. Everyone I've given this to has sat down and read it straight through and reported it being a "page turner" of sorts.
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I wished it had more pages.

The profound wisdom inside was thought provoking and worth the time but short and sweet .Beautiful art work.
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