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A grim reality

November 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

“The Outlaw Ocean” by Ian Urbana; Alfred A. Knopf, 2019; 544 pp.; $16.53. Book review by Sandy Marsters A decade ago, on a voyage from the Chesapeake to St. Thomas, on a very dark night, the watch spotted the lights of a ship. It was not a crossing situation, butRead More

The essence of Doug

November 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

“BoatSense: Lessons and Yarns from a Marine Writer’s Life Afloat” by Doug Logan; Seapoint Books, 2019; 120 pp.; $19.95. Book review by Charlie Doane What a charming book this is! A slim volume, but with a surprising variety of material in it. There’s a good deal of standard-issue practical adviceRead More

The Pacific riddle: How did they get there?“ Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia”

September 23, 2019 at 12:00 am

by Christina Thompson; HarperCollins, 2019; 324 pp., $12.80 Book review by Sandy Marsters For Points East Ask any third-grade class how humans arrived on the far-flung islands of Polynesia and you’ll probably get some of the same answers that grown-ups offered until fairly recently: God put them there; they walkedRead More

Not your run-of-the-mill Hollywood saga

August 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

“Maiden” directed by Alex Holmes. Perf. Tracy Edwards, Jeni Mundy, and Mikaela Von Koskull. New Black Films 2019. In theaters now. Movie review by Molly Mulhern For Points East You may have heard that the movie “Maiden” is recently out in wide release in the U.S. Not your usual HollywoodRead More

In search of the (rare) great ocean-sailing flick

July 29, 2019 at 12:00 am

Review by Charlie Doane For Points East “The Mercy” directed by James Marsh. Perf. Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, and Ken Stott. StudioCanal 2017. YouTube, Google Play, Vudu and Amazon Prime. Decent films about ocean sailing are, alas, few and far between, so it’s worth noting there are atRead More

A window into Maine’s conservation movement“Sailor for the Wild: On Maine, Conservation and Boats”

June 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm

By Ben Emory; Seapoint Books, 2018; 224 pp.; $19.95. Reviewed by Fiona Gordon Natural Resources Council of Maine Ben Emory provides a detailed account of how his formative years spent summering on the coast of Maine framed his personal and professional lifelong commitment to conserving land and, through that, wildlifeRead More

A harrowing adventure (and eventually a love story)

March 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

“Second Chances” By Greg Coppa; Stillwater River Publications, 2018; 246 pp. Last summer, longtime Points East contributor and Wickford, R.I., resident Greg Coppa published, after many years of false starts, his novel “Second Chances.” The book follows a young man named Skip Thornton, a former Rhode Island resident who nowRead More

Two irresistible coffee table books

March 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

Reviews by Bob Muggleston For Points East “Chris-Craft: An American Classic” by Nick Voulgaris III; Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 2018; 223 pp. Chris-Craft is surely one of the most iconic boat brands in the world, and for good reason. Regardless of what kind of boating you do – be itRead More

Sailing as a conduit to renewal

January 28, 2019 at 12:00 am

“Second Wind: A Sunfish Sailor, an Island, and the Voyage That Brought a Family Together” by Nathaniel Philbrick; Penguin Books, 2018; 240 pp. Reviewed by Sandy Marsters For Points East The Sunfish. What a weird boat, though not as weird as the flush-deck Sailfish. We had one of those atRead More

Sailing as a conduit to renewal

January 28, 2019 at 12:00 am

“Second Wind: A Sunfish Sailor, an Island, and the Voyage That Brought a Family Together” by Nathaniel Philbrick; Penguin Books, 2018; 240 pp. Reviewed by Sandy Marsters For Points East The Sunfish. What a weird boat, though not as weird as the flush-deck Sailfish. We had one of those atRead More