The Other Side of the Ice:

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Strong will required

An 8,500-mile voyage by an adventurous bluewater sailor evolves into a test of the skipper’s mettle and his family’s resolve in “The Other Side of the Ice: One Family’s Treacherous Journey Negotiating the Northwest Passage,” by Sprague Theobald (Smith Publicity, $18.93 hardcover on Amazon, $7.99 Kindle).

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From his home port of Newport, R.I., Theobald sets off with a crew of five, including his son and stepchildren, to take a 57-foot Nordhavn around Alaska to Seattle. There are mechanical issues, conflicting family dynamics, an obstinate crewmember and the constant threat of danger from Mother Nature. More than a travelogue, the book is an endearing look at a captain and father attempting to live life in full.

June 2014 issue