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Shepherds of the Sea

Captains tested by the war years

Naval buffs should consider "Shepherds of the Sea," by Robert F. Cross (Naval Institute Press, 2010, $34.95), a non-fiction account of life aboard the destroyer escorts during World War II.

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Gentleman Captain

Anglophiles and fans of Patrick O'Brian's Capt. Jack Aubrey novels might consider "Gentleman Captain," by J.D. Davies (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010, $25) as a comforting winter read.

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Beating the Blowfish

Seize the day - and days ahead

"Beating the Blowfish" (Sheridan House, 2010, $19.95) is an autobiography by Emma Pontin, a young Londoner who rides the subways each day to a career in banking and seeks to quench a thirst for bluewater sailing.

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Into my father's wake

A sailor's heartfelt autobiography

A New England sailor whose passion for sailing came from the father he both loved and hated has penned and self-published a reflective autobiography that chronicles his battles with his dad, his own addiction and the ultimate resolution he found on the water.

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The many lives of Aphrodite

An enduring classic commuter yacht

Alan Dinn, the grandson of Purdy Boat Company founder Ned Purdy has written a detailed history of the commuter yacht Aphrodite built when his great-uncle Gil Purdy presided over the boatbuilder.

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