South From Alaska

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About the author:
Mike Litzow has made first ascents in the Alaska Range, hitchhiked the Alaska highway three times, published a handful of scientific papers, and been fired from a job at a florist's for "having no esthetic sense". He currently lives with his wife and two sons on a 45' sailboat. South From Alaska is his first book.

South From Alaska

Sailing to Australia with a baby for crew

Authored by Mike Litzow
Edition: 2

"As a sailor who raised his daughter aboard, I was touched by this book. Litzow writes from the heart." - Cap'n Fatty Goodlander, sailor and writer

When marine biologists Mike Litzow and Alisa Abookire decide to follow their dream and sail from Alaska to Australia, they agree that they won't leave until their son, Elias, is one year old. But when he is just ten months old, they give up waiting, strap him down, and set sail.

In his deeply personal account of their trip, Mike tells the story of the stress and exhilaration, the closeness of family life on board, and the fierce beauty of the open ocean. Demonstrating a moving affinity with the wildlife, people, and cultures encountered along the way, this is an inspirational tale of a family afloat in the Pacific.

"A book that speaks to both sides of the brain simultaneously and without contradiction...prose so beautiful, and with such a dose of self-deprecating comic relief, that you yearn to be there with them." - Cruising World

"Mike writes well and with utter honesty about the sometimes overwhelming sense of responsibility he feels when he and his partner Alisa take a toddler to sea. He clearly shows the stress this places on their marriage and how it is balanced by the rewards they and their slowly maturing son reap. Essential reading for anyone contemplating voyaging with very young children." - Lin Pardey, author of Storm Tactics Handbook, Self Sufficient Sailor and Bull Canyon

"Litzow is a talented writer...evocative and powerfully visual." - The Age (Melbourne)

"Eminently readable." - The Sydney Sun-Herald

Publication Date:
0692029265 / 9780692029268
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White with Bleed
Related Categories:
Travel / Essays & Travelogues

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