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Beach Chair Diaries Paperback – November 1, 2010

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About the Author

Janet Spurr has been visiting the beach all her life. Between the sand and the waves she has found paradise and much more which she brings to you in the pages of Beach Chair Diaries. When not at the beach she works as a sales rep for women's accessory lines, which she sells to the six New England states. This brings her to the shores of Maine, Lake Champlain, Vermont, the lakes of New Hampshire, Rhode Island's beaches and of course, the North Shore of Boston. Although the waters of New England are home, paradise is in the warm waves of Maui as well as the other Hawaii islands. Someday, she hopes to spread the Aloha Spirit throughout New England. She is a member of the National Writers Union, NEIBA, The New England Independent Booksellers Association, IBPA, the Independent Book Publishers Association, Dolphin Yacht Club, Colby-Sawyer College class correspondent and Trinity Church in Boston. She hopes to write many books including; Stupid Questions Asked, Tales from a Road Rep and Heaven Has No Zip Code, which is a book about her dad.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Island Heritage Publishing (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597009997
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597009997
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,466,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Janet Spurr was born in Cambridge, MA and lives north of Boston. She works full time as a sales rep on the road throughout New England, and gains lots of good stories this way. She loves to write anything about the beach, summer and just plain fun. She's working on her second book and teaches writing workshops on How to Promote Your Book. She's also working on her third book while doing beach research. For more fun in the sun visit www.janetspurr.com.

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Janet E. Spurr is a very talented writer who absolutely adores being at the beach. This book is filled with warm summer memories and winters spent longing for warmer days.

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
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Author Janet Spurr, a self-proclaimed beach lover, has put together a collection of short (some as brief as 2-3 pages) essays which reflect on her love of summer, sun, and sand. Her stories follow her on her vacations to Cape Cod, Maine, and Maui and detail her attempts to surf, her brief foray into boat ownership, and more. At the end of each chapter, Spurr offers what she calls "Low Tide Times" and "Spurr's Tips": these vary from open-ended, thought-provoking self-discovery questions and reading group-type queries to basic advice for self-growth and even various web page resources--more self-help than you might expect from a book classified as "Travel Essays," but some readers may find these add-ons enjoyable.

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.
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In her debut work, "Beach Chair Diaries," author Janet Spurr brings a fresh examination of her fully-disclosed passion for beachs, sun, waves and Summer.

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!
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I got this because I'm interested in self-publishing and after reading it I could see why she did it herself. It wasn't terrible. It wasn't "really good" either ... but kudos to her for getting it done.
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I came across the Beach Chair Diaries, by Janet E. Spurr while browsing on Amazon. As a life long beach lover, I thought this might be the perfect summer book to take along on a summer get a way. The thing is I couldn't wait till summer once I got this book in my grips.

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.
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I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a beach person. I love being near a city, the accessibility to so many opportunities and activities, the busyness of it all...but I will also admit that this book has made me appreciate the beauty and calm of a beautiful, water-edged beach.

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
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