Bunny likes to travel, so if you come to Paulina Springs Books in Sisters on the weekend (her days to work), you’ll often be told “she’s gone again!” Now, more so than ever since she has two new grandbabies. Bunny sailed for six years on the high seas before settling into the Sisters scene. She likes to read non-fiction and an occasional really gripping novel. She’s a freelance writer and if you want to confuse her, call her by her given name: Brenda. I’ll bet she won’t know who you’re talking to.
Jim Lynch's books, Highest Tide, Border Songs and Truth Like The Sun, have been featured at Paulina Springs Books and they've been well received. All have received awards and have been adapted to the stage. A friend recommended his latest novel,Before The Wind, knowing my sailing background and love of boats. The prose in his latest novel has been likened to Ken Kesey's Sometimes a Great Notion with a "Melville-like attention to detail". Pretty good company I'd say. Before The Wind is a family saga about the Johannssen family who build and races (I mean, seriously races) sailboats on Puget Sound. The father and grandfather are the patriarchs of the family while their mother is the brain of the family as a high school physics teacher and Einstein-obsessed scholar. Did you know Einstein was an avid, albeit terrible, sailor? The two sons always seem to be butting heads with their father, but it's the younger sister who is the gifted and enigmatic sailor of the family. As in most sagas, the kids grow up and venture off to the wilds of the world. Of course, this has to end up with the entire family meeting up for that last big race. It is obvious Lynch knows his stuff. The accounts of racing, marinas, the people who hang out and around marinas-it's all spot-on. Give this book a chance and you'll soon find yourself captivated by this family and their intense dynamics.
Yep-it's a catchy title that's sure to grab your attention, but don't underestimate the scientific value and pass by this book. It's fascinating and will keep you thinking "oh my gosh, I had no idea!". If you think it's difficult to find a mate or significant other here on dry land, just imagine what it must be like when you have thousands of miles of ocean and mind-boggling depths of water to search. There are almost as many elaborate mating rituals and schemes as there are fish in the sea. From full moon sex parties of groupers who gather in an area akin that looks like a crowded singles bar, to sex changes that accommodate current male/female population numbers, Sex in the Sea is a journey into the fascinating ways nature has evolved to keep species successful. Dr. Marah Hardt is a coral reef ecologist and Co-Director of Research at the non-profit organization Future of Fish. She is passionate about the revitalization of an ocean that is healthy and thriving and delves not only into the sex lives of ocean critters but into the devastating changes they have to cope with in a tenuous environment. Overfishing, pollution, climate change, warming waters, acidification are just a few of these human-made situations that are imposed on the animals that inhabit the sea. Hardt's work has been published in Scientific American and was chosen as the "Best Book for National Reading Month" by Oprah Magazine. It's still in hardcover but it's worth it. You'll find that this is a book you'll pass on to all of your friends as one of the best books you've read in a long time.