Books, Informational


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The Stars (A New Way to See Them)
H.A. Rey
A cool book!
Rey gives us a practical, graphic way to recognize the constellations, and also much information about them. Rey’s method of identifying constellations helps a lot. We’re all familiar with drawings of classical, allegorical constellations, and we’re all confused with how 5 points of light represent, say, a Greek god driving a chariot pulled by three horses, their manes tossing in the wind. Ya, riiiiight! A little better are the geometrical illustrations, but they also bear little resemblance to the constellation name. Rey uses graphic “matchstick” drawings, allowing you to associate the figures, the names, and the stars.
This is a useful, cool book!


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Heavy Weather
K. Adlard Coles
A well–known book of heavy–weather sailing techniques, with near–Biblical status. Coles does much more than just describe theory: he tells stories, and stories (again with the Bible reference — think parables) tend to make more of an impression than theories. You may never encounter such sailing conditions (you’re a natural–born fool if you intentionally seek them out), but even in lesser storms, the lessons in this book will be useful.


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Twenty Small Sailboats to Take You Anywhere
John Vigor
A popular book of reviews of twenty solid sailboats, most of which can be bought for the price of used car and a little elbow grease. I like this book — you shouldn’t take any boat review as Gospel truth, but these reviews will certainly give you a good idea of what each boat is like. If you’re in the market for a good cruising boat, especially a fixer–upper, you’ll find a lot of useful information and ideas here.