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“Ocean Fishes”

Paintings of saltwater fish

Renowned naturalist, artist and angler James Prosek captures 35 of the most pursued fish, from striped bass to swords, in beautifully detailed watercolor paintings in “Ocean Fishes” (Rizzoli, $27.20 hardcover, Amazon).

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“Rescue of the Bounty”

The loss of the Bounty

The sinking of the tall ship Bounty, the replica used in the 1962 Hollywood film “Mutiny on the Bounty,” is recounted with suspense and drama by Michael J. Tougias and Douglas A. Campbell in “Rescue of the Bounty” (Scribner, $25 hardcover).

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A Thousand Miles From Anywhere

A vicarious adventure

Fans of author-turned-sailor Sandra Clayton love her evocatively descriptive narratives that allow readers to see the world through her eyes.

“A Thousand Miles From Anywhere” (Adlard Coles Nautical, $13.99 paperback, $10.49 Kindle) chronicles the third leg of her and David Clayton’s post-retirement voyage, sailing across the Atlantic and throughout the Caribbean. Following “Dolphins Under My Bed” and “Turtles in Our Wake,” this third travelogue details places they visited, the people they met and the humor that helps them through some tricky situations.

April 2014 issue

   

The Annapolis Book of Seamanship

On sailing and seamanship

“The Annapolis Book of Seamanship” (Fourth Edition, Simon & Schuster, $49.99 hardcover) by John Rousmaniere, with illustrator Mark Smith, is essential reading for both novice and seasoned sailors.

First published in 1983, it remains the definitive guide to sailing, and this latest edition has many updates and new sections, including a discussion of paper charts vs. digital data and developments in techniques and technologies, from anchoring to safety gear. There’s something for everyone in its 403 content-packed pages.

April 2014 issue

   

Salt of the Sea

Ode to the fishing life

“Salt of the Sea, Stories told by the Fishermen of Point Judith” (Fowler Road Press, $16.99; $6.99 Kindle) is Cindy Follett Guldemond’s affectionate tribute to the men who fished out of Point Judith, R.I., from the 1950s through the 1980s.

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