Summer Reads To Keep You In A Nautical State Of Mind.
In this memoir, chef Victoria Allman shares what it’s like in the galley of a megayacht when your husband is the captain. Scattered between tales of flooded engine rooms and unruly crew are recipes of Allman’s more popular dishes. They emphasize foods’ inherent flavors, while her stories highlight the comedy of challenging situations—though the axiom that comedy is tragedy plus time probably best applies to her tales of leaky engine rooms and AWOL crew.
Maritime historian John Maxtone-Graham takes a look at the rise and fall and rise of the iconic 1,035-foot ocean liner, first launched as France in 1963 and then rechristened as Norway for the Norwegian Cruise Lines in 1980. This illustrated coffee-table book features pictures from her original launch, deck plans, and photos from her massive refit. It’s an elegant look at the often messy process of shipbuilding. (www.wwnorton.com; $75)
Ventures in VerseBy Tyrone G. Sawyer
A Bahamian native, Tyrone Sawyer’s love for his country is obvious throughout his often-humorous poetry. Sawyer’s work is based in reality; the news items that inspired some of his verses are displayed next to that poem. He also works at the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, though his poetry could be his most inspiring enticement to visit these tranquil islands. (www.bahamas.com; $19.95)
When C.E. Grundler writes about navigating the New Jersey shoreline, it’s obvious she speaks from experience. She’s cruised those waters her entire life, and this, her first thriller, uses that knowledge to draw in her readers. Her writing creates characters you want to root for no matter what trouble they’re in. Ambitious readers can track the story’s progression using the GPS coordinates she’s provided as chapter headings. (cegrundler.com; $0.99 for Kindle edition)
This article originally appeared in the July 2011 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.