Seaworthy is about nature—human and other; about learning what you can control and what you do when fate takes matters out of your control....
After 17 years at sea, Linda Greenlaw figured it was time to take a break from her career as a swordboat captain....
Just before Christmas, Linda meets up with her best friend and fellow fisherman Alden Leeman for lunch and a drink at the Dry Dock, a well-worn watering hole in Portland, Maine....
Green Haven, Maine, is as far from the heat and violence of her past as Jane Bunker could hope for, or so she thought....
Man’s struggle against the sea is a theme that has created some of the world’s most exciting stories....
Greenlaw tells her own riveting story of a thirty-day swordfishing voyage aboard one of the best-outfitted boats on the East Coast, complete with danger, humor, and characters so colorful....
Linda is not a woman who shies away from a challenge - the only female swordfish boat captain in the country and a survivor of the real Perfect Storm, she is also a New York Times best-selling author. Through hard work and determination, she had created the peaceful, independent life she craved, living on a rugged island off the coast of Maine. It was all finally coming together… Then came Mariah.
A troubled 15-year-old, Mariah arrives on Isle au Haut to stay with her uncle, a newcomer himself and seemingly a normal guy. The entire community is rocked to its core, however, when they discover that Mariah is suffering terrible abuse - at his hands. And they do what a small island community does best, coming together to take Mariah in as one of their own, protecting her from further harm. But Mariah needs a stable home and a legal guardian. The island nominates Linda.
While Mariah is a typical teenager in many ways, she has also been uniquely damaged by this horrific experience, and Linda struggles to help her overcome the trauma, to heal, and to begin a new life.
Linda will do battle with the gale-force winds of life with a teenager, help Mariah navigate a tremendously complex legal system to bring her abuser to justice, and learn what it means to be a mother - to a girl for whom it really matters. Both Linda and Mariah will struggle to come to terms with their ferocious and stubborn independence (like mother, like daughter - accidental or not) as they learn to trust each other and forge a new relationship that they both reluctantly realize they need.
Linda Greenlaw’s fans will be delighted by her trademark candor and down-to-earth style of storytelling, and will see a side of Greenlaw that she’s not revealed before. New listeners, and any parent of a teenaged daughter, will find much to empathize with in this brave and heartfelt new memoir.
Must read for anyone with a sister, daughter, friend. Bravery takes many forms... both Linda and her daughter are brave to take on each other, and to share their story.
Would you try another book from Linda Greenlaw and/or Linda Greenlaw?
Would you ever listen to anything by Linda Greenlaw again?
Did Linda Greenlaw do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
What character would you cut from Lifesaving Lessons?
None, there weren't many.
Any additional comments?
I felt the specific details on fishing techniques were unnecessary to the store and just served as a filler.