Linda Greenlaw is the author of the bestsellers The Hungry Ocean, All Fishermen Are Liars, and The Lobster Chronicles. She is the world's only female swordfish captain and was a primary source for the book, The Perfect Storm. She has been listed in Vanity Fair's "Hall of Fame," and is currently featured in the Discovery Channel's Swords: Life on the Line. Linda Greenlaw is the author of the bestsellers The Hungry Ocean, All Fishermen Are Liars, and The Lobster Chronicles. She is the world's only female swordfish captain and was a primary source for the book, The Perfect Storm. She has been listed in Vanity Fair's "Hall of Fame," and is currently featured in the Discovery Channel's Swords: Life on the Line.
Greenlaw, captain of a commercial swordfishing boat, tells a new brand of salty tale. She is a woman who has succeeded in a codified and clannish man's vocation, and her take on life at sea is clear-eyed and fresh as she relates the day-to-day facts of a single voyage. Reading her diarylike entries, she sounds straightforward and realÄwithout suffering the flatness of tone that often afflicts nonprofessional performers. She starts on sailing day, telling how her boat is prepared, then introduces her five-man crew as they arrive shipsideÄwith telltale pounding hangovers. Then she gets into the dynamic of the job, what it means to spend 30 days in a 100-ft. space, working long hours. With the crew, naturally, come "crew problems": sickness, conflicts, insubordination. Here, Greenlaw shines, giving a wonderful sense of what she calls "the etiquette" of her work. Greenlaw proves that it doesn't take life-and-death conflict to make sea adventure compelling; what sets her world apart is spelled out in the details, as she succinctly depicts her singular way of life. Thanks to the intimacy afforded by the spoken-word medium, listeners will feel as if they're right alongside the captain on her journey. Based on the 1999 Little, Brown hardcover. (July) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
In The Perfect Storm, Sebastian Junger described Greenlaw as "one of the best sea captains, period, on the East Coast." As captain of the Hannah Boden, sister ship to the Andrea Gail, Greenlaw's experiences suddenly seemed interesting to the public who devoured Junger's book. The Hungry Ocean is her account of a month-long swordfishing trip to the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. She chose this trip mainly because of the crew: five very hardworking yet individual men who typify offshore fishermen. Greenlaw defines being a successful captain as the management of the crew, the boat, and the fish. The crew must be kept focused; the boat must remain operational; and you need to catch enough fish to make the trip worthwhile. She intersperses the daily grind with interesting stories from other trips to provide technical details, to reveal her philosophies, and to give her audience a clearer idea of what it's like to be probably the world's only female swordship captain. Greenlaw's voice takes some getting used to, both from its lack of timbre to match her deeds and from the unsettling fact that a woman is recounting what seems like a man's story. An absolutely riveting book, this is highly recommended for all public libraries and any academic or special library that collects tales of the sea.--Gloria Maxwell, Penn Valley Community Coll., Kansas City, MO Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.