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A year by the sea : thoughts of an unfinished woman
Anderson, Joan.
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[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Thorndike, Me. : G.K. Hall, 2000.

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235 pages ; 25 cm
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Here is the entrancing story of how one woman emerged from a stagnant period, finding the energy to renew her marriage and the courage to persevere in the living of an unfettered life. Joan Anderson shocked both herself and her husband when she refused to follow him to an out-of-state job. Instinctively knowing that accompanying him at that point would be senseless, she chose instead to seek refuge in a cottage on Cape Cod. So began a seaside saga in which Anderson learned many lessons. She has since started a Weekend By the Sea program for women seeking a time of reflection.

Author Notes

Joan Anderson is a seasoned journalist and the author of many children's books. She lives on Cape Cod, where she has started a "Weekend by the Sea" program for women seeking to experience a time of reflection.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

"I'm beginning to think that real growing only begins after we've done the adult things we're supposed to do," confides Anderson, a journalist and author of children's books (Twins on Toes, etc.). She came to this conclusion after a year living alone in a cottage on Cape Cod. Feeling that her marriage had stagnated by the time her two sons were grown, Anderson surprised and distressed her husband by refusing to move out-of-state with him when he accepted a new job. In this accessible memoir, she shares the joy and self-knowledge she found during her time of semi-isolation. In order to supplement the income from her royalty checks, she found a job in the local fish market and began making new friends who sustained her. After her hot water heater broke down and her husband refused to help, she earned the additional money for the repair by digging and selling clams. Through vivid and meticulous observations about the natural world, Anderson makes clear her strong affinity for the ocean, with its changing tides, subtle colors and burgeoning life. A Memorial Day reunion brought Anderson and her husband closer; shortly thereafter she embraced his plan to retire and live with her in the cottage. Anderson has recently begun a "Weekend by the Sea" program for women who need time to reflect. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Curling up with this autobiography will refresh readers' souls and adjust their attitudes. With their two sons grown and married, Anderson and her husband decided to take a "vacation" from their long marriage. Her husband moved on to a new job hundreds of miles away, while Anderson cocooned herself in her rusting Volvo and drove to her family's cottage on Cape Cod. During the year-long separation, Anderson reestablished her connection to nature and was able to discover new hope. She swam with seals, ran a marathon, worked in a fish market, and earned extra income clammingÄactivities that gave her the opportunity to shed her image as family nurturer and allowed her to grow as an independent woman. After a Memorial Day reunion, her husband retired from his job to live with Anderson on Cape Cod. Anderson's story reminds readers not to overlook their personal needs when providing for family members. This is a good choice for discussion and a companion piece to Anne Morrow Lindbergh's classic Gift from the Sea.ÄJoyce Sparrow, St. Petersburg P.L., FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1. Ebb Tide: Septemberp. 1
2. The Call of the Seal: Early Octoberp. 17
3. Seal Sense: Same Dayp. 29
4. Riptide: Novemberp. 45
5. Water Therapy: Late Novemberp. 55
6. Waves of Truth: Late Decemberp. 63
7. Silent Seas, Silent Nights: Christmasp. 73
8. Getting My Feet Wet: New Year's Evep. 87
9. Fogged In: Februaryp. 97
10. Seal Woman: Marchp. 109
11. Ebb and Flow: Aprilp. 121
12. Low Tide: Mayp. 133
13. Treading Water: Memorial Dayp. 143
14. Safe Harbor: End of Junep. 159
15. Wild and Salty: Augustp. 171
16. Port of Call: Septemberp. 187