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Beach Chair Diaries Paperback – November 1, 2010
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Janet E. Spurr's first eight summers were spent on a Cape Cod beach and as an adult she has enjoyed spending time in Maui. Her stories range from tales about being a first-time boat owner to finding the best chair on the beach. I dare you to read this book and to not long for a beach vacation.
This book reminded me of days I spent at the beach during college in Florida, my honeymoon in the Caribbean, rocky beaches in England, cold beaches in Washington state, and summers I spent swimming at gorgeous beaches in Africa.
While reading this book I was overcome with nostalgia. This would be a perfect book to take with you on vacation or to read in the depth of winter. Janet E. Spurr's writing is so calming and inviting. Now all I can think about is how badly I want to go to Hawaii for a much-needed vacation!
~The Rebecca Review
As the title would suggest, this book is appropriate for beach reading, and I would recommend it if you are looking for something quick (I read it in just a few hours), light, humorous, and nostalgic.
These are not hard sells, but the author has crafted an exceptional tribute to good times with friends and family. From the book's beginning dedication to her family, who loved and taught her to love the beach (and to God for creating it), the essays and observations stay true to its theme: sun, beach, waves, beach accessories, and more beach.
Beyond the sand and waves, however, "Beach Chair Diaries" is a tale of an artist's path and reminiscences of dreams fulfilled, with an irrepressible message to believe in one's dreams and trust your passions.
The book is a very quick read. The chapters are mostly stand-alone essays, and Spurr is at her best when making general first person narration, explaining the ins and outs of beach chair selection and positioning, lobster and ice-cream eating, and a wonderfully recounted story of her personal quest for true Surfer Girldom.
Some of the narration falters, perhaps becoming too personal-life driven, and errors in pacing intrude, but love carries this work a long way, and author Spurr truly does have a writer's eye for detail. There is charm shining though the pages in the author's wry observations and savvy thoughts: about Maine lobster so cheap it's like `making money when I buy it' ... that `Finding Paradise makes life easier' ... her `beach bag filled with everything except surfing ability.'
All in all, Spurr's debut title is a ray of sunshine on the shelf, good for either flipping through or settling down ... and driven by eager wishes to share the love of good times ... on the beach, of course!
A fun collection of (20) short summer fun stories on beaches from Maine to Maui. Each story just several pages long is followed by summary questions titled: Low Tide Times, to help the reader reflect about their own beach memories. The author also provides various websites for the reader to check out to bring the beach feeling home to you in case you don't get a chance to hit the beach very often.
A few of my favorite stories and titles I found cleaver were:
* Beach Chair Therapy
* Do Tourists Leave Their Brains at Home?
* Goodbye Lilly
* Swimming at Wedding Receptions
* A New England Dock
* That Summer Day
If you are looking for a relaxing escape from daily routines or just a calming fun read try Beach Chair Diaries, it's fewer than 200 pages but left me with a warm happy yearning for the sunny warm summer days ahead.
In each short recollection, Spurr takes the reader to a world of no worries or cares, telling tales of humor, sorrow and relaxation. A quick read, Spurr's "Diaries" will allow you to bookmark after each memory and explore the beach yourself. Short questionnaries and tips at the end of each chapter will further aid you in your adventures as you make memories of your own along the shores of your own nearby beach...or just in your mind. While the book is centralized on the topic of beaches, even those nowhere near a beach can enjoy it (myself included) and take advantage of its tips and suggestions (ice cream and online shopping, anyone?).
An excellent, calming read.
- T.C. Robson
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked it. I felt her passion for wind, water and celebration with each chapter.Published 4 months ago by scott dudley
I love this book and have read it several times now. Spurr creates vivid images that bring this book to life. Read morePublished on February 11, 2013 by Susan Parker
This is not the same book that is sold in bookstores. It is very small in size and poor quality paper. I purchased it as a gift and was very dissatisfied.Published on December 16, 2012 by KBB
A collection of short unrelated stories about the authors times at the beach. She has a good way of laughing at herself that makes you chuckle right along with her. Read morePublished on August 16, 2012 by Sam98
This footloose and fancy free read will have you wisked off your beach chair and frolicking in the spirit of summer in no time. I have given it many times as a hostess gift. Read morePublished on May 2, 2012 by bcl
by Emily Placido, author of Julita's Sands: A Memoir
This is a quick, fun and refreshing book to read. Spurr inserts tips and questions after each chapter's story. Read more
A great book that I strongly recommend. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book from Janet E Spurr.Published on September 28, 2009 by Pär hellström