Susanna Moore can't remember the first time she saw the ocean--it has been there for as long as she can remember. Moore was born in Hawai'i and raised in a paradise of light and color, five days' ship travel from the U.S. mainland. As a child she spent endless sun-speckled days in the shade of the palm trees with a bundle of books, the sound of the ocean and the calls of her brothers and sister drifting through the grove. In Light Years: A Girlhood in Hawai'i, she weaves reminiscences of her childhood with some of her favorite pieces of literature--excerpts from Robinson Crusoe, Moby Dick, Treasure Island, Kon-Tiki, To the Lighthouse, and many others. Although Moore w lives in New York, the sea remains her constant companion. Light Years marks her return to the island world where she walked to school barefoot and explored love as a young girl.