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Rowing for My Life


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Kathleen Saville holds two Guinness world records, as the first woman to row across the North Atlantic and across two oceans. After receiving her teaching degree, she moved with Curt and son Christopher to Pakistan, Kuwait, and Egypt. After Curt's death in a trekking mishap in the Egyptian desert, she earned a degree in creative writing. She teaches at the American University in Cairo, travels widely, publishes articles, and blogs about her adventures. She lives in Cairo, Egypt, and Derby Line, Vermont.


"A powerful, captivating account of a husband and wife who crossed the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans together in a rowboat they built themselves. The writing is beautiful, and Kathleen Saville's perspective is clear-eyed, honest, and poignant. This is a wonderful book." --Reeve Lindbergh, bestselling author of Under a Wing and No More Words "This is a tale of adventure in its purest form--audacious expeditions by rowboat across vast, unforgiving oceans. It is also an unflinchingly honest account of personal sacrifices made for the sake of exploration. Kathleen Saville describes how her extreme experiences defined her life and brought her spiritual peace but also threatened her marriage and eventually led to the ultimate cost--the loss of a partner driven by the need for heroic journeys." --Maria Coffey, author of Where the Mountain Casts Its Shadow and Explorers of the Infinite "In a world that is trying night and day to make us think and behave the way the manufactured media dictates, it is important to wake up to the idea that we are more than that. Our precious lives deserve exploration. Kathleen Saville does just this in her very steady, pragmatic voice. You are more than you know, she tells us. She knows, because she went looking." --Jan Reynolds, extreme athlete and award-winning author of High Altitude Woman and other books "An artist's defining responsibility is to go to the edge of human experience and send back reports. Kathleen Saville is an artist as well as a true adventurer, a word much debased in our time, and Rowing for My Life is her report from the edge. Possibly only those who have crossed oceans in small boats can fully appreciate her and Curt, her late husband's, achievements, and I do. But beyond the rowing is a remarkably frank and compelling portrayal of a marriage between two complex people, and writing that is often sublime." --Webb Chiles, author and world-record-holding solo sailor

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