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Time and Tide: A Walk Through Nantucket (Crown Journeys) [Kindle Edition]

Frank Conroy
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Book Description

Frank Conroy first visited Nantucket with a gang of college friends in 1955. They came on a whim, and for Conroy it was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with this "small, relaxed oasis in the ocean." This book, part travel diary, part memoir, is a hauntingly evocative and personal journey through Nantucket: its sweeping dunes, rugged moors, remote beaches, secret fishing spots, and hidden forests and cranberry bogs. Admirers of Conroy’s classic and acclaimed memoir Stop-Time will again delight in what James Atlas, writing in the New York Times, called his "genius for close observation."

In Time and Tide, Conroy recounts the island’s history from the glory days of the whaling boom to the present, when tourism dominates. He vividly evokes the clash of cultures between the working class and the super-rich, with the fragile ecology of the island always in the balance. But most fascinating of all, he tells his own story--of playing jazz piano in the island’s bars; of raising a barn in the early '60s with the help of a bunch of hippie carpenters; of leasing an old, failed bar with two island pals and turning it into the Roadhouse, a club "that was to be ours, the year-rounders, and to hell with the summer people." There’s a marvelous story of his first golf game, played on an ancient nine-hole course with two friends, a part-time sommelier and a builder from the South who invented the one-handed pepper mill.

This is a book that revels in friendship, music, history, and the gorgeous landscape of a unique American place, and is a wonderful work by one of our greatest contemporary writers.


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Take a walk on the literary side with this ambling travelogue by acclaimed memoirist and longtime director of the Iowa Writer's Workshop. The latest in the Crown Journeys series that features well-known writers exploring a particular landscape, Conroy's prose excursion invites armchair travelers to savor the history and charm of this "small, relaxed oasis in the ocean." Blending memory and fact, the author's nuanced account traces the island's past, from its whaling days in the nineteenth century to its modern-day niche as a destination of the wealthy. Conroy, who first visited the Massachusetts island at the age of three, wanders among windswept moors, salt marshes, and cranberry bogs, reminiscing about the house he built on a tiny oceanfront plot; the jazz he played at the local bar bought with his friends; and time spent at Skinner's, a venerable golf course that cost a dollar a hole. Eloquent and bittersweet, Time & Tide is a celebration of Nantucket's enduring beauty and a nostalgic nod to the simple pleasures of its past. Allison Block
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Frank Conroy first visited Nantucket with a gang of college friends in 1955. They came on a whim, and for Conroy it was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with this "small, relaxed oasis in the ocean." This book, part travel diary, part memoir, is a hauntingly evocative and personal journey through Nantucket: its sweeping dunes, rugged moors, remote beaches, secret fishing spots, and hidden forests and cranberry bogs. Admirers of Conroy?s classic and acclaimed memoir Stop-Time will again delight in what James Atlas, writing in the New York Times, called his "genius for close observation."

In Time and Tide, Conroy recounts the island?s history from the glory days of the whaling boom to the present, when tourism dominates. He vividly evokes the clash of cultures between the working class and the super-rich, with the fragile ecology of the island always in the balance. But most fascinating of all, he tells his own story--of playing jazz piano in the island?s bars; of raising a barn in the early '60s with the help of a bunch of hippie carpenters; of leasing an old, failed bar with two island pals and turning it into the Roadhouse, a club "that was to be ours, the year-rounders, and to hell with the summer people." There?s a marvelous story of his first golf game, played on an ancient nine-hole course with two friends, a part-time sommelier and a builder from the South who invented the one-handed pepper mill.

This is a book that revels in friendship, music, history, and the gorgeous landscape of a unique American place, and is a wonderful work by one of our greatest contemporary writers.

Product Details

  • File Size: 642 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (December 18, 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000XUDFW2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,316 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Island Memories April 16, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I just started this book this morning and am almost done. It made me nostalgic for my old home, the way it used to be, yes, but for those of us who have had to leave Nantucket for one reason or another, it will always be a wonderful place. Reading it I feel like I am on a wonderful visit home. It's one of those books you don't want to end but at the same time can't put down!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read April 11, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Frank Conroy speaks from the heart. Nantucket Island has gone through some dramatic changes in
the last 30 years, most not for the better. For some of us that still live here, it`s wonderful to be able to read and remember those times when the Island felt like a place of sanctuary from all else. The stories give the reader the felling that the Grey Lady`s Skirt has been torn but her sole has not been touched.
Thank you Mr. Conroy
A Chef from the Rock
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long live the Roadhouse! April 7, 2004
Format:Hardcover
I'm one of the author's three sons, so I won't pretend to be unbiased. But listen, this book is great, empirically speaking. Dad light-heartedly provides a fun and fascinating window into the small island so many of us love.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic ramble October 18, 2011
Format:Hardcover
I'm a sucker for anything about Nantucket. Even tho I was there only once, I loved it & I always wanted to return. But listening to this book (audio version), I realized it has already changed too much for me. However those who remember Nantucket with a yearning will enjoy this walk thru the island, hearing the author's experiences with fishing and boats, children and beaches, the towns...and parking places. There are other aspects I will not reveal for it is a short tale and you should read it for yourself.

Do you love islands and water? If so, I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By JLW
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would give it 5 stars if it had been longer and covered more topics. What is there is great.
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