The Cure for Anything Is Salt Water
How I Threw My Life Overboard and Found Happiness at Sea
On Sale: May 22, 2007
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At forty, Mary South seemed to have it all: a beautiful
home in Pennsylvania, a group of close friends, the
companionship of two loving Jack Russell terriers and a
successful career in book publishing. But shuttling between
the conference room at work and her couch in front of the TV
at home, South couldn't help feeling that she was missing
something intangible but essential. So she decided to go
looking for it where so many have before: at sea.
Six months later, she had quit her job, sold the house,
graduated seamanship school and was living aboard a 40-foot,
30-ton steel trawler. Despite South's total lack of
experience, the maiden voyage of the rechristened
Bossanova was to be a journey up the eastern
seaboard. Along with her crew (the dogs and her buddy
John—her odd-couple opposite in politics, lifestyle and
pretty much everything except a love of the open ocean), she
set off on a fifteen-hundred mile odyssey from Florida to
Maine. But what began as the fulfillment of an idle wish
became a crash course in navigating the byways of the self.
The Cure for Anything Is Salt Water traces
South's voyage from the charming Americana of Florida's
Intracoastal Waterway out into the often stormy waters of
the Atlantic. As the trip progresses, South grapples not
only with whatever Poseidon throws her way, but also with
the ghosts of family and loves lost. For anyone with a
secret dream that's gone unfulfilled, here is a
reckoning—both funny and poignant—of what's really involved
in casting off an old life and making a new one.
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