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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: tereski publishing; First Edition edition (2005)
  • ISBN-10: 0976432293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976432296
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,497,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Valinski on October 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
I received this book from two dear friends who are from the region. They gave me a signed copy (by the author not the man himself mind you) and it's one of my most prized possessions. They said I sort of reminded them of Craig and I am quite positive they exaggerate greatly, but I glowingly accepted the comparison as the greatest of compliments!

As for the book itself, I can not recommend it more highly. It's a magical twisting of stories from days gone by and tall tales that at times makes it difficult to tell the two apart. This is just as all great reminiscing should be told and so rarely is. It's not a single chronological telling of the man but rather a collection of stories, jokes and assorted remembrances. I started into it and could not put it down. I've also read it many times since and it still never fails to put a smile on my face and I often find myself laughing out loud. The stories remind me sometimes of those my own grandfather used to tell me when I was just a boy, the difference is my grandfather wasn't nearly the scoundrel as old Craig was! But I'm also pretty certain there was never a scoundrel the world more sorely misses. The world could use more like him though it might not be able to handle it!

I hope more people get to experience this book and I hope it is released as an e-book as well (I'd get that so I could have it with me at all times!) Order it. Read it. Laugh at the tales of a wonderful, colorful man whom I wish I could have met in person.
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Format: Paperback
I'm prejudiced here--Craig was one of my favorite people, and there are some stories in this book which involve me. This is a book of stories and wisdom, tales and opinions which go back to his childhood in a middle-class New Jersey family. Craig had a varied life,from runnning off to sea at a young age to riding the blinds to working on fishing boats off Newfoundland to political work to farming and to being a town selectman. He never graduated from high school, but had a lifelong appetite for learning and obtained an aquatic biologist certificate (written and oral exams on chemistry and biology, etc--usually requiring a PhD and extensive post-doctoral work). You can read about most of these in this wonderful book.

His daughter has gathered stories from numerous sources, and there are many photographs and even drawings by Craig. Droll tales and helpful advice on gardening problems abound. Craig was the model for Quint in the movie Jaws--salty, sharp, and very much at home in his element. Craig loved mischief, and there are great stories such as about how he stole a pig and got the priest to lie for him to the police (Craig was always the chief suspect in such things)--Craig would relate how when the policeman came by to ask about Craig's alibi, the priest was enjoying his roast pork dinner and swore that Craig had been with him the whole time. The policeman left, muttering "Stealin' pigs is bad, but gettin' a holy priest to lie for you is a real sin!"

Craig would happily entertain people of all ages from children to the elderly (as you'll find in this book). I remember when my grandmother (aged 70 or so) and some of her friends were on the Vineyard.
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This is probably about one of the funniest books I've ever read. It was loaned to me by a friend. One of my regrets in life, now, is that I'd never met Craig Kingsbury. I'd met some like him where I lived who just couldn't get their feet adjusted to the 20th nor the 21st Century. Their individuality and total, unconscious dedication to their non-conformist life-style, is a breath of fresh air to those of us who would like to kick over the traces at every opportunity, like Craig. They are a rare and disappearing breed, and I just hope that someone in their lives has the foresight that Kiristen Kingsbury Henshaw had in recording their adventures, misadventures and quaint, salty expressions for others to appreciate. Thank you, Ms. Henshaw for sharing your Dad with us. I wish only that the book was 3" thick!
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