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Linda Greenlaw on new memoir ‘Lifesaving Lessons’ at Blue Hill

BLUE HILL, Maine — Isle au Haut resident Linda Greenlaw will read from her new memoir Lifesaving Lessons at the Blue Hill Public Library on Friday July 12th at 7:00 PM. The book starts with a troubled fifteen-year-old, Mariah arriving on the island to stay with her uncle, an island newcomer. The entire community is rocked when it is revealed that Mariah has suffered terrible abuse at his hands, and the island comes together to rescue the teenager from further harm. Alone and at risk, Mariah needs a guardian and the island residents nominate Linda, who is not exactly the picture of maternal warmth. A remarkably candid and tenderly funny memoir, “Lifesaving Lessons” follows this unexpected mother-daughter pair as they navigate their new life together, learning to trust themselves and each other and forge the loving family that neither of them knew they needed. Linda Greenlaw, America’s only female swordfishing captain, is author of three New York Times bestselling books about life as a commercial fisherman: The Hungry Ocean (1999), The Lobster Chronicles (2002) and All Fishermen Are Liars (2004). She is the winner of the U.S. Maritime Literature Award in 2003, and the New England Book Award for nonfiction in 2004. Time Magazine called her 2005 Recipes From A Very Small Island, co-authored with her mother Martha Greenlaw, a “must-have cookbook”. Additionally, she’s written two mysteries: Slipknot (2007) and Fisherman’s Bend (2008). Greenlaw’s latest book Seaworthy: A Swordfish Boat Captain Returns To The Sea is a chronicle of her return to swordfishing after ten years as a lobsterman and marks her return to non-fiction and high-seas adventure. Books will be available for sale and signing. This event is sponsored by the Library and Blue Hill Books. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the Library at 374-551


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