The Cure for Anything Is Salt Water: How I Threw My Life Overboard and Found Happiness at Sea

The Cure for Anything Is Salt Water: How I Threw My Life Overboard and Found Happiness at Sea

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.

Title:The Cure for Anything Is Salt Water: How I Threw My Life Overboard and Found Happiness at Sea
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780060747022
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  • Bettie

    Description: 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 bo...

  • Kevin

    A good realistic look at what it takes to buy a boat, learn to handle the boat and the first 1000 mile journey. I'd always had this fantasy that it would be great to just buy a sailboat (I'm too fruga...

  • Cindy Knoke

    I confess to having a weakness for non-fiction books about women who check out of their “normal” hum- drum lives, do interesting things, preferably on their own.I admire this.Mary South is an int...

  • Shannon

    I truly wanted to like this book, because it is the epitome of what I've always been tempted to do with my own life: sail away from my stressful life on my boat. But maybe it was because of the fact t...

  • Beth

    I don't know a lot about boats, but I enjoyed the story of South's adventures on her own trawler from Florida to New York. I do know something about publishing, so I found her references to her previo...

  • Rhonda

    Excellent... the technical parts were well-done; she makes it sound simple for as tough as it was to get started. A quick and enjoyable read. I do, however, believe the dogs should not have been put t...

  • Laurie

    This is non-fiction. As salt water soothes my soul, I found the title intriguing! I love reading about others abandoning their day-to-day lives and taking off on life-changing adventures; something I ...

  • Annie

    This was an enjoyable, quick read. I liked her writing style, very accessible. I found the title a little misleading, although one could call me anal. She didn't really throw her life overboard, in my...

  • Nicole

    The brief biography of a woman's approach to becoming a sailor, perhaps to suit her nickname, Mare. Having been employed as an editor for many years in several locations she found it time to begin ane...

  • Liralen

    At forty, South chose to set aside her conventional life and follow her dream—which led her to Florida to buy a trawler, into which she moved. She had no boating experience, just a nine-week course ...