BAR HARBOR — Famed fisherman, boat captain, and author Linda Greenlaw will be at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, July 18 to discuss her new book “Lifesaving Lessons: Notes From an Accidental Mother,” in an event co-sponsored by Sherman’s and set to begin at 7 p.m. Sherman’s will be on hand with books for purchase and part of the proceeds of all books bought that night go to the library.
In her newest book, Ms. Greenlaw faces her greatest battle with nature yet – a newly adopted teenage daughter. She was living quietly on Maine’s scenic Isle au Haut, one of fewer than 50 year-round residents at the time, when her path to motherhood unfolded.
Fifteen-year-old Mariah arrived to stay with her uncle, an island newcomer and seemingly normal guy. When it comes to light that Mariah has suffered terrible abuse at his hands, the islanders rally to rescue the teenager from further harm. Alone and at risk, Mariah needed a guardian and a place to stay. Alone and happy that way, Ms. Greenlaw had a spare room and was nominated by her neighbors to take in the troubled teen.
In a remarkably candid memoir – funny, frank and honest – Ms. Greenlaw tells the story of how she and Mariah navigated their new life together, learning to trust, and working to create a loving family that neither of them knew they needed.
Ms. Greenlaw is the New York Times bestselling author of several books relating her career on the sea including “The Hungry Ocean,” “Seaworthy” and “The Lobster Chronicles,” plus two mystery novels and two cookbooks that she wrote with her mother, Martha Greenlaw.