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Boat: A Memoir of Friendship, Faith, Death, and Life Everlasing (Hardback)
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Boat: A Memoir of Friendship, Faith, Death, and Life Everlasing (Hardback)

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Hardback 144 Pages / Published: 21/06/2012
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This narrative begins with a confused and troubled boy at a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game and ends more than six decades later with a content old man experiencing a miracle in Mexico. A Hawaiian beach boy named Boat holds everything together. Boat was a 285-pound Hawaiian man-solid muscle, yet gentle and spiritual. Boat accepted a lost and dejected Baughman as a friend soon after Baughman moved to Hawaii at age ten. Boat saved him, taught him, and nurtured him in a way Baughman's own father was unable to. After Baughman left the islands seven years later, their friendship endured. Baughman's photographic memory has allowed him to recall, virtually verbatim, every significant conversation he had with Boat, and this book is a testament to the profundity of this man with a seemingly simple life. Boat spoke Hawaiian Pidgin English - its unique inflections, lilting cadences, and its wisdom, grace this memoir.

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
ISBN: 9781611454932
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 205 g
Dimensions: 178 x 127 x 135 mm


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Growing up in an age starkly defined by war, violence, greed, alienation, depression and loneliness, Baughman deftly lays out the terms of his own salvation, as he learned them from an unassuming native Hawaiian surfer, spear-fisher, and beach keeper named Boat. Listen to heart, soul and body as well as mind. Find your place, care deeply for and know intimately the land and water there. Grow deep roots amongst family and friends. Fight like hell when you have to. Have faith in love. Believe that miracles are possible. Other people write about these things. But no one writes about them like Mike Baughman. His prose reads like a rich stretch of secluded ocean beach: quiet, clean and clear, a salty sparseness on initial encounter that belies an embarrassment of riches just below the surface of things. Boat pays high tribute to the miraculous good luck of a simple good life. --Steven Hawley, author of Recovering a Lost River
This book is a treasure: vivid, humble, smart. There's nothing fashionably enigmatic about "Boat," the adult Hawaiian who works on Waikiki beach and befriends the athletic young haole schoolboy, Mike, who is equally straightforward. What Boat has to offer helps Mike, even as he leaves the Islands, to seek his own "place" in any often lethally angry world, and to find the near mystical moments of pure joy. --William Wiegand
The memoir is as brawny, lyrical, and clean as the waves and the vision it celebrates. Baughman's journey to manhood leads through breakers and blood, friendship and love, to an ending that compels respect. --Robin B. Carey, author of Upstream and North Bank
Those of us who were raised there understand that Hawaii was a place like no other in the decade following World War II, a remote island territory soon to become our most unique state. Michael Baughman captures that time, the place and its people just as they were. His kinship with the native beachboy known as Boat develops in unexpected ways and also covers unique territory, ranging from street-fights to spirituality and revealing life as a gaudy anuenue (rainbow) of fellowship and high adventure. --Ron Jacobs, author of Obamaland: Who Is Barack Obama?
This memoir provides access to what lies beyond assumption and illusion. Every setting has heart, life. --Lawson Fusao Inada, Oregon Poet Laureate
A gem of a book. It makes you want to be there with Mike, sharing his gutsy journey to manhood; and Boat's guiding wisdom speaks to all of us. Bravo, bruddah! --Harvey Meyerson, author of Nature's Army

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