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Nathaniel Stone grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts. He taught tenth grade history in Pasadena, California, and Zuni, New Mexico, where he founded the local newspaper and currently resides.


Stone, a former teacher and newspaper publisher, followed his childhood dream of traveling on water a dream he took to a higher level after reading about the efforts of Howard Blackburn, a fisherman from Gloucester, MA, to sail around the eastern United States in the 19th century. (That epic journey of hardship at sea is recounted in Joseph E. Garland's Lone Voyager.) Stone decided to trace Blackburn's route but does it entirely by rowing. He began in Brooklyn, traveled up the Hudson, passed through the Erie Canal, portaged his craft to the Allegheny, and then headed on to the Ohio and down the Mississippi. At New Orleans, he took a break, got a larger boat, and continued rowing around Key West, up the Eastern seaboard, and on past Brooklyn, stopping at the Canadian border. Along the way, he encountered many fine and kindly folk (and a few odd ones) and the world's largest statue of Superman in Metropolis, IL, traveled with a stray cat along the Florida coast, and discovered that completion of the journey was not so much the goal as actually doing it. But complete it he does. A delightful account of a remarkable solitary voyage; recommended for all public and large academic libraries. Lee Arnold, Historical Soc. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

A brilliant conceit...Like Stone, readers will come away with an appreciation for the simplicity of a waterborne existence, for pulling the oars and defining a life, he writes, through rowing.
Praise for On The Water: "An impeccable piece of travel writing...Stone rows his boat into a work of art."

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