Jamie vagabonded for a while before settling in Seattle to enjoy the outdoor pursuits of the PNW. He met his wife at the bookstore and now chases around their two young sons. Needless to say, he drinks considerably more coffee than he used to.

Reviews & Recommendations

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The Voyage of the Cormorant: A Memoir of the Changeable Sea Cover Image
By Christian Beamish, Ken Perkins (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781938340666
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Published: Patagonia - May 16th, 2017

An open, flat bottomed vessel that can be trailered and beached has long seemed ideal for cruising not only our Puget Sound and San Juan’s waters, but for bombing around any coastal locales. So it was with pure delight that I first opened this gem of an adventure. Beamish builds a Ness yawl in his California garage and then takes off down the coast to Baja surfing every break he can find. Using only primitive means, his experience is rich and varied. This is what life is all about.

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The Saga of Cimba: A Journey from Nova Scotia to the South Seas Cover Image
ISBN: 9781589760868
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Published: Stackpole Books - June 2001

This is the most inspired, knowing and literary nautical writing I have ever encountered. It is a work that captures a man's dream, yet achieves this with hardly a glimpse of that adventurer. For this is a book of the sea... and of salt and canvas and wind and sun. it is a book that makes the heart leap at the promise held by the horizon. The Saga of Cimba is simply, yet magnificently, the saga of life.

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The Son Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062120403
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Published: Ecco Press - January 28th, 2014

With vivid violence and depravity, The Son recounts the history of the Republic of Texas from the Comanche raids of the 19th century to the oil bonanza of the 20th. This sprawling epic follows three generations of the powerful McCullough clan driven relentlessly by its centenarian patriarch. Colonel Eli McCullough, rancher and oil man, is the indomitable force who casts a debilitating shadow over his humane and moral son Peter, yet inspires his great-granddaughter Jeannie to succeed in a ruthless male dominated world. Meyer has followed up his formidable American Rust with what may well become the great American novel of this young century.

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Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061859373
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Published: Ecco Press - February 28th, 2012

Between April and August for the past eight years, Philip Connors has been a fire-watcher in the remote New Mexican wilderness of Gila National Forest. Like Kerouac, Snyder and Abbey before him, Connors experiences and observes a vast array of raw nature from his perch high above the forest floor. As Fire Season tracks the changing Gila life cycle, the reader is educated about the evolution of wilderness management and the constant challenge of being responsible stewards of this forest tinder box. These field notes will leave you yearning for the solitude required to live and reflect in such a lucid fashion.

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Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419717987
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Published: Abrams Image - October 6th, 2015

This ain’t no Beatles song. Nor is it a novel set in Tokyo. Nope. This is about swinging an axe, splitting some wood, stacking that wood and then burning it! Oh, and then emptying a glass in front of the fire, should it be pleasing. If that sounds good to you, you’ll probably find this book extremely engrossing. Open it and explore the possibilities you never imagined.