Buttonwood Books and Toys and the Paul Pratt Memorial Library present Nathaniel Philbrick, author of Mayflower and In the Heart of the Sea will discuss his new book Second Wind: A Sunfish Sailor, An Island, and the Voyage That Brought a Family Together at the library. The book is a charming early memoir of midlife who recounts his attempt to recapture a national sailing championship he'd won at twenty-two.
Due to the limited space, attendees must pre-register for the event either by calling Buttonwood Books and Toys at 781-383-2665 or visiting their website at buttonwoodbooksandtoys.com. This event is free. Space is limited.
Tickets: Nathaniel is happy to sign as many books as time allows. On the day of the event, tickets will be handed for the signing line, first come, first served. To receive a ticket, you must have purchased a copy of Second Wind either that day or previously from Buttonwood Books and Toys.
David Mehegan author of Bright Deep Water: A Boston Life
A graduate of the Massachusetts Nautical School and Northeastern University Law School who served with the U.S. Navy during World War II, Alfred Mehegan forged a career and family life, notwithstanding the disadvantages of strife and neglect in childhood, and lifelong struggles with depression and alcohol. The gracefully written, deeply reflective story is told against the background of Boston in the early and mid-20th century, the American carnival, the U.S. Merchant Marine and U.S. Navy, Boston Irish immigration and Catholic cultural life, the Great Depression, World War II, the Greatest Generation; and the age of the Postwar Baby Boom. More than a simple chronicle, the story explores high hopes and bad luck, differences of values and dreams between parents and sons, and ponders why "one person can escape the barbed hooks of family pathology, while another cannot."
A book signing will follow the event.