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The Motion of the Ocean: 1 Small Boat, 2 Average Lovers, and a Woman's Search for the Meaning of Wife Paperback – June 2, 2009
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This highly entertaining debut memoir follows Esarey and her new husband on a 17,000-mile journey around the Pacific Ocean.... A well-written, rollicking high-seas adventure, this will appeal to anyone who enjoys a good love story.
"Equipped with nothing but an old boat and a new marriage, Janna Cawrse Esarey recounts her two and a half years at sea with wry humor, keen observations, and descriptions vivid enough to satisfy even the most seasoned traveler. As Janna and her husband cross the globe, they learn that sometimes relationships are the trickiest waters...yet all storms can be weathered with enough courage and determination. The Motion of the Ocean is the quintessential summer read for anyone seeking an adventure in life, love, or self-discovery."-- Jen Lancaster, author of Bitter is the New Black
"Most of us would love to quit our jobs and sail across the globe, but very few of us have the guts -- or the sea legs. Fortunately for us armchair adventurers, Janna Cawrse Esarey not only took this journey, she took great notes. The result is a funny, honest tale of how one woman found her comfort zone -- with the sea, with herself, and with the notion of happily ever after."-- Michelle Goodman, author of My So-Called Freelance Life and The Anti 9-to-5 Guide
"I didn't think it was possible to write a 'new' cruising yarn. However, Janna Cawrse Esarey has done it -- from a female sailor's perspective. This isn't a story of a cruise; it is an insightfully-written story of a maturing relationship. Best of all, her pen is as sharp as her wit. She pulls no punches. I laughed and cried -- and saw myself on every page."-- Cap'n Fatty Goodlander, Editor-at-Large of Cruising World magazine
"An edgy, unique style and badass sense of humor."-- Tania Aebi, author of Maiden Voyage and the First American Woman and Youngest Person to Sail Around the World Alone
"On her honeymoon Janna Cawrse Esarey and her fisherman husband set sail in pursuit of her childhood dream....Motion of the Ocean is a fresh and honest story on many levels. It's an entertaining read for those who enjoy a voyaging story or are contemplating an adventure, though in the end it's not about achieving the sailing dream -- it's a love story in which Janna discovers how to live and enjoy life."-- Amanda Swan Neal and John Neal, authors of The Offshore Crusising Companion
"Love at sea was the idea when Esarey and her newly minted husband decided to honeymoon in a beat-up old sailboat on a trip across the Pacific. Eight hundred and thirteen hilarious, treacherous and, yes, romantic days later, she comes to some serious conclusions. Let's just say you'll be wildly entertained and glad to be on solid ground." -- Publisher's Weekly, “Favorite Reads for the Summer” (2009)
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- This is not an old mariner's sea story that ends with us in a life raft, bending earrings for fishhooks and contemplating eating each other's limbs. Rather, this is an adventure love story that happens to take place on a very small sailboat. If that's not your cup of tea, please, for your sake, go fish.
- My husband will tell you I have a very shrewd memory...particularly when it comes to his past missteps. But, in reality, my memory is just as good or bad as anyone else's. And so, while all of the following events really did happen, I have taken liberty with some details, always with the goal of revealing what sailing into the sunset is really like. Where the narrative required, I have consolidated conversations, events, and time. Most boat names, people names, and incriminating details are real except for a few cases, where they've been changed to respect people's privacy.
- Despite appearances, my name is actually very easy to pronounce: Janna Cawrse Esarey "banana" "of course" "yesiree." Graeme's name is easy, too--like "graham cracker."
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I'm not a cruiser (yet!), but I feel that I learned a lot about cruising from this. I don't expect the author's experiences and hopes and fears to be like mine or my partners, but it certainly helped me to think about things from a wider perspective and to work on ensuring that the soft side of voyage planning has as much attention as the technical side.
It's a fun, easy and enjoyable read. The last few chapters seem a bit rushed, which they probably were for understandable reasons when your read the book. There's a lot here and most people should be able to find some aspects they will identify with. Read it! Discuss it with your partner! It's a great icebreaker to help make sure that you plan a happy voyage.
This book is part travelogue and part the story of the beginnings of a marriage. I thought that the author had a tendency to nit pick her relationship with her husband to where I would have understood if he had thrown her overboard once or twice. But then I thought about it and gosh, living for 18 months on a 35 foot sail boat with no once else around for most of it, I mean what else was there to do other than over analyze things. I think she finally saved her life and her sanity by using her computer and journaling her thoughts and experiences.
But annoying spots aside, this is the story of a very gutsy couple who had a dream and just went out there and DID IT! On a shoe string budget, storms, break downs, pirates and lack of open ocean sailing experience - they always sucked it up and came through. If she got a tad bit whiny during the slow times, well IMO she earned the right.
But I gotta say this one last thing and that is that had I been her I would have demanded a better stove. Trying to cook on a pitching boat with the one she had is the stuff nightmares are made of.
For the armchair sailor there's an engaging adventure here that the Cawrse Esareys make tantalizingly achievable. For the incurable romantic there's a love story that survives both the elements and the odds. For the relationship psychologist there's enough brutal honesty to make your own diagnosis. There's no shortage of practical advice on all fronts which is delivered with great humor. This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in exploring all of life's ups and downs on land or especially on the sea.