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Lifesaving Lessons: Notes from an Accidental Mother Hardcover – March 21, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult (March 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670025178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670025176
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #894,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Greenlaw (Seaworthy, 2010) veers from her more traditional fishing tales in this intimate memoir that proves without a doubt that it takes a village to raise a child. Set on her beloved home of Isle au Haut, off the coast of Maine, Greenlaw’s chronicle is about discovering a child in trouble and doing the necessary but difficult work to save her. Writing in the same bracing manner as in her high-seas adventures, Greenlaw relates how a new island resident misrepresented himself and his “adopted” daughter and the chaos that ensued as the truth was slowly revealed. In the midst of her own low-key midlife crisis, and at odds about her romantic relationship and professional future, both on the sea and off, she considers herself an unlikely candidate for parental stand-in. But as the island does its own collective soul searching, she finds herself pondering a future she never envisioned. With newfound poignancy, Greenlaw addresses family and kinship in a clear-eyed manner that defies expectations and should easily bring her new fans. Book clubs will want to take note. --Colleen Mondor

About the Author

Linda Greenlaw, America’s only female swordfish boat captain, was featured in the book and film The Perfect Storm. She has written three New York Times bestselling nonfiction books about life as a commercial fisherman as well as a cookbook and two mysteries. She lives on Isle au Haut, off the coast of Maine.

 

 

 

 


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Linda Greenlaw, America's only female swordfish boat captain, was featured in the book and film The Perfect Storm. She has written three New York Times bestselling nonfiction books about life as a commercial fisherman as well as a cookbook and two mysteries.

Customer Reviews

Linda Greenlaw knows this love.
Bill Baker
Great description of the life of a logster-woman, and inspiring story of helping a "lost" young woman.
Donna
She has a degree in English so she writes very well.
John

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bill Baker on March 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is Linda Greenlaw's best book since her first hand account of the `perfect storm', The Hungry Ocean - the true account of that freak hurricane that Sebastian Junger got second hand from those on the shore.

Fans of Linda Greenlaw will recognize many of the same themes from her many other books - including her fabulous cook books she did with her mom - the tug of the sea, her incredible self sufficiency, her need for others - many of us share these needs.

This book is as fraught with danger and possible loss of life as her Hungry Ocean - she has chronicled in her heart felt and truly universal
experiences what many - most? - parents endure raising a child through the turbulent teenage years.

But Linda Greenlaw, taking a neighbor's `niece' under her care, and then when the girl's situation was dire, becoming her guardian, and so a real sense, saving a life and in a sense fulfilling her own is one of courage, sacrifice, and a love perhaps only a parent, whether birth parent or not, can know.

Linda Greenlaw knows this love. It saves lives. And this book may be helpful to others and thus the rich title, Lifesaving Lessons. We can all use `lessons' such as these in how to love one another.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on April 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Linda Greenlaw's newest autobiographical sketch of life on an island digs deeply into her own solitary life choices in LIFESAVING LESSONS. We have met the diminutive young Linda, fishing for big-game swordfish in the North Banks of the Atlantic, fighting the frigid seas, dealing with poachers, fellow competitors and the law in her prior bestselling books. We have seen her softer side through her memories of growing up on Isle au Haut, a windblown, sparsely populated island off the coast of Maine.

Now we meet the mid-life crisis Linda, 40-something, confronting the reality that neither marriage nor children are in her future. Her companionable longtime relationship with Simon is flagging. She owns up to being a self-absorbed, adventure-seeking, fiercely independent game fisherman and author, all of which are lonely pursuits. When a new business venture, a partnership in a bait-seining operation ends up quite literally on the rocks, Linda faces reality. The backbreaking lobstering business is petering out, swordfishing is once again legal but so seasonal that it no longer pays the bills, and writing is at once her greatest love and her nemesis. She is at a crossroads and worse, suffering from writer's block.

As a favor to a newcomer to the island whose 14-year old niece is home from boarding school for the summer, she hires the troubled young girl, Mariah. Mariah is a good worker, but clearly dislikes the fishing business. They don't connect, and Linda is relieved when Mariah returns to the mainland in the fall. Meanwhile, Linda's long relationship with the man in her life is at a dead end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Rochester on June 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Linda who is a fearless and strong woman is almost defeated by a teen age girl. Makes sense, teen girls are a formidable foe. Greenlaw struggles with Mariah, but also with this book. She was in her comfort zone writing about Isle au Haut, fishing and her family. The small island comes through as real, as do the 50 people on the island. She is competent and able when the ocean is involved. But the moods and the attitudes of a disturbed teen are a whole new experience. Of course, this is what the book is about. Mariah, an abused child, comes to live with Linda. I felt Linda's distress and helplessness. The book lacked warmth and compassion as LInda told the story of their relationship. I saw a spark in the narrative toward the end. I had the feeling that the story was not easy for her to tell. Also, felt the struggle was not completely over.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ali on April 24, 2013
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I've read every Llinda Greenlaw book and this one is captivating. So proud of how this small town takes care of their own and protects each other.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 17, 2013
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Thoughtful and thoroughly engaging. One more reason to respect Linda. This is a special and generous gift to the reader.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Varney on April 13, 2013
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The storming is well-presented and engaging. It provides a great deal of insight into the relationship between a teenager and her adoptive mother.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jbarr5 (julie Barrett) on March 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Lifesaving Lessons Notes from an Accidental Mother by Linda Greelaw
Isle au Haut is 7 miles off the coast of Maine and Linda lives there, living off the land and sea and is also an author, making money at it.
I have a connection to a similar island and love getting over there as often as I can. Fitting in takes time. The book starts out when Linda meets Mariah and takes her on til school starts in the one room schoolhouse on the island.
Linda has her own boat and traps and hires Mariah to paint the buoys and after watching Linda do a chore she mimics it.
After the island sends her off island to school they go about their normal days of preparing for the winter. With other schemes up their sleeves they pursue them and when it fails due to unforeseen circumstances there is still some time to lobster.
Love hearing about all the plans and things done in timely fashion to get ready for the different seasons and how the island goes about its business.
With the return of summer and the people that come there are town meetings and the talk is of the parcel that is for sale. There is so much of it one could buy it and build condos.
Linda has made new friends during the winter that run their own cafe during the summer months and take orders for chocolates. Also the place to be for gossip and hot coffee and donuts freshly made.
In August things change and the islanders band together to help... Unimaginable things occur that leave Linda to even lock her door for the first time ever and to load her shotgun while Mariah is in her care til the authorities can do something.
Things heat up as the time gets closer but everything and then some all go wrong...
Now the tough part of being her guardian and all they endured...
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