The first woman to row alone across the Atlantic Ocean and to ski over land to the South Pole. The president of a university. A chaplain, an attorney, a former employee of Muhammad Ali and the author of a book Oprah named in 2009 as one of her top “25 Books You Can’t Put Down.” No, surprisingly, I’m not referring to six different remarkable people. They’re all the accomplishments of one person. Yep, one person. And she will speak at Mystic Seaport this Sunday.
Tori Murden McClure, author of A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean,
the 2010 “One Book, One Region” for eastern Connecticut, will speak at Latitude 41° Restaurant
at Mystic Seaport Sunday, September 19, at 5 p.m. Free and open to the public, McClure will discuss and read excerpts from her riveting memoir that details how, in 1999 at the age of 36, she traveled 2,962 miles in 81 days and became the first woman and first American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
2010 "One Book, One Region" selection for eastern Connecticut
A true-life tale packed with nautical adventure, McClure’s story is indeed the ideal read for any nautical buff (and just in case any of you buffs are reading, some specs: McClure’s vessel, the American Pearl, was 23-feet long, four-feet high, six feet wide and about 1,800 pounds). But A Pearl in the Storm is more than just another autobiographical maritime exploration. Much more. As with all physical adventures, unexpected twists and turns of the heart come along for the ride. Moments of pain, humor, love, failure and success join together to paint a complex portrait of both a physical and personal journey. The memoir’s website summarizes A Pearl in the Storm best saying, “The book is an intricate blend of comedy, history, tragedy, and romance. This is the memoir of an explorer in the truest sense. She sets off in search of intellectual riches, and instead she finds love.”
Tori Murden McClure
Spalding University, the historic Kentucky institution where McClure was recently appointed president, aptly has “What do you want out of life?” scrawled across the top of its website. Join us Sunday evening as McClure shares how she personally answered this question. You just may receive the inspiration you need to then answer it for yourself.
For more information about the event, please visit www.mysticseaport.org. To learn more about eastern Connecticut’s “One Book, One Region,” please visit www.onebookoneregion.org.
Blog posted by Erin Richard.