Dreamseeker's Daughter: A Nautical Memoir about an Eccentric Family Living Aboard an Old Schooner Boat on the Mississippi River and Gulf Coast in the 1950s by Carole Ann Borges (Paperback / softback, 2013)
This is a tale of dreamers and dreams. Ed Goodlander, the father of this freewheeling family believes there are only two people in this world --- Dreamseekers and Dreamcrushers. Obviously one of the former, he is obsessed with the idea of buying a boat, so he can sail away to Paradise, namely the South Sea Islands, a place where babies never cry and you can live off the fruit of the land. The mother an Italian beauty looking for a ticket out of the ordinary marries him because he is the handsomest, most worldly man she has ever kwn. After serving a stint aboard a ship in WWII, Goodlander buys a sunken sailboat, raises it and moves his family aboard. Struggling, but dazzled by the man's charisma, the family goes through many hilarious adjustments. Whether they are living in a boatyard in Chicago, on the Mississippi River or sailing the Gulf Coast, the characters the Goodlander family meets rivals Mark Twain's. This salty tale offers a slice of Americana viewed from misty riverbanks, yacht clubs and coal docks. Written from the perspective of the daughter, it will have you laughing one minute and crying the next. Anyone who has ever lived on a boat, who loves boats, or dreams of a life of full of adventure will be delighted by this book.
Carole Ann Borges, author of Dreamseeker's Daughter, was raised aboard a schooner on the Mississippi River in the 1950's. Her first book, Disciplining the Devil's Country was published by Alice James Books, Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Bardsong, Soundings East, Kalliope, Motif, and many other literary magazines and anthologies. Ms. Borges' essays and newspaper articles were published in a variety of periodicals. Nationally, her work has appeared in The Change Agent, Pacific Yachting and Rudder Magazine. Traveling through the heartland of America via the Mississippi River with her family aboard the schooner Elizabeth, Borges' coming of age story provides an interesting view of the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast in the 1950s. She currently lives in North Knoxville, Tennessee, with Karma and Krishna, her two dogs, and a handsome cat named Mr. Dunwoody. She spends most of her time writing or playing in her garden.