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About the Author

Raised and educated in the Midwest, Mary moved to New York City to build a career. Fifteen years later, with two house, two cars and more frequent flier miles than she could ever use, she and her husband Tom found themselves increasingly dissatisfied with conventional measures of success. Since leaving New York on a sailboat in 1985, she has lived and/or worked as a financial consultant in Panama, New Zealand, Australia, Europe and Mexico. Along the way, she backpacked through Asia and the Middle East. She now makes her home in Des Moines, Iowa where she works as a financial consultant and increasingly focuses her professional energies on assisting nonprofit agencies that serve the homeless and the mentally ill. Her first novel is well underway.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Rising Sun Press; first edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979799724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979799723
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,871,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have just finished reading Gottschalk's memoir. Her powers of observation and commitment to tell the truth made me greatly admire her honesty. I've written much fiction, but in fiction, you base what you write on what you know, what's happened to you, etc., but always with the cloak of fiction, which keeps people wondering what's true. Gottschalk revealed her painful truths, and it was exciting to read them and satisfying to learn how she handled the unexpected miseries sent her way and how she powerfully and successfully processed the disintegration of what she then held dear. I have been through this agony twice (in much less exotic circumstances), and it's the most painful thing I can imagine, short of the death of a child. Yet I never came through the other side with the strength and learned life lessons that Gottschalk showed. Kudos to Mary Gottschalk.
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Thank you Mary for writing such a fantastic book! I have read 30+ sailing books and yours is now in my top 5, which for me, is saying a lot!

Perhaps one of the most important messages of Mary's adventure, is that she discovers a more intimate and healthy relationship with herself and as a result, makes new and significant decisions about the direction and course of her life. For me Mary's book demonstrates that we attempt to escape ourselves because we have yet to stand on our own as whole person. By becoming intimate with ourselves and confronting both our strengths and weaknesses and thus begin to develop a loving relationship coupled by a willingness to heal those conditions preventing our happiness, this, ultimately, is what our journey in life is all about. Finding peace and happiness within ourselves. Mary's book describes her intimate journey
to find these things ( something we're all looking for ).

Mary makes it clear that when we fail to heal our internal conflicts, those very unresolved issues become magnified in our relationships. What we witness in Mary's journey is the result of entering into an intimate relationship before becoming intimate with our self. Almost everyone does this which is why so many relationships fail to provide the kind of love we hope for( the children really suffer for their parents unresolved conflicts which Mary's book also demonstrates). We are unwilling to be intimate with ourselves because we have so many internal conflicts and instead of resolving them, we long to be in a relationship with another so we can feel loved and appreciated by someone else because we wouldn't do that for ourselves.
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Probably the best book I've read this year, and one that will stay with me for a very long time. A wonderful memoir that's both an exterior journey to the South Seas, and an interior view of a marriage, complete with the decisions that create it. The author's empathy and capacity for insight into her own thinking (and feeling) sets it apart.

Breezily written - perhaps an unexamined life isn't worth writing about, but this memoir is of a well-lived and well-examined life.

I'm no sailor, but you don't need to be to enjoy this book. If Hollywood wants to make a movie for grownups, it should snap up the rights to this book.

Well written, with only a few minor initial formatting issues that don't persist (and one repeated paragraph).
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My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed Sailing Down the Moonbeam, and he finished it first--a great recommendation. It's a smoothly written, exciting narrative, rich in visual images,with plenty of adventure and anxiety-producing situations. Events that made the author's pulse race made mine race too. The memoir is also the story of an up-and-down marriage that kept us guessing till the end.
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Mary Gottschalk's book is a lesson for all mid-life adults who believe they know themselves and their spouses well until they choose to leave the context of lives they've carefully arranged to pursue a dream - when they leave a life out of the comfort zone.

This book isn't about the technical preparations to prepare a boat for a sail around the world. No. It's a lesson about how your closest relationships change in unforseen circumstances (circumstances beyond your control) such as sailing around the world or navigating other bumpy waters life presents (job loss, crippling illness, death of a parent or spouse, moving to a new city). Part soap opera, part adventure travel book, part self-help guide, this book is a quick read and a cautionary tale for every couple that dreams about packing it all in to sail the world.

The book doesn't ask if you're ready to sail the world. It asks if you're ready to really find out how well you know yourself and your spouse.
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I'm not a sailor, don't know anything about sailboats, but that didn't stop me from enjoying Mary Gottschalk's memoir about sailing the Pacific with her husband, Tom. Early on in the story, you learn that Mary and Tom are more than ready to leave corporate America behind, take the plunge and do what they have always dreamed of doing - "cruising" the Pacific. Even the name of their yacht - Salieri - harkens to a shared belief that like the composer who always stood in the shadow of Mozart's brilliance, neither would ever be "a mover or shaker" in the world of finance and that each in "our own way, was limited by personality as much as by brains or ability." These limitations of personality come to haunt the couple as they begin their five-year voyage, ultimately setting the mood and tenor of the book which chronicles crises, near-disasters and personal power plays.

As a reader, I was instantly impressed and amazed that anyone could even consider something like this. Five years is a long time and the Pacific Ocean a pretty huge place. Yet, as the story unfolds you are drawn into the world of people like Mary and Tom who set sail, anchor at ports of call and form their own social alliances, based in a shared philosophy of living a life outside the box; on a quest for beauty and magic on near-deserted islands and in moonbeams across the water.

We learn early on that Mary is smart, educated and is prone to depression. She has a no-holds barred honesty in admitting her naivete, as well as her denial, that her marriage is seriously in trouble and that she depends too much on her outgoing husband.
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