Claire Gebben, Jordan Hanssen, and Margot Page take you across oceans.
A young German immigrant crosses the Atlantic in Gebben's historic fiction Last of the Blacksmiths -- Jordan Hanssen recounts his unforgettable adventure, rowing across the Atlantic in a small frail craft -- and Margot Page shares the adventure that began when she and husband, two techo-working soccer-parents, said: "What if we took the kids and moved to Costa Rica?"
Claire Gebben's The Last of the Blacksmiths is a tale of the promise and loss of immigration, and the efforts of each generation to shape its destiny. Dreaming of America, a farmer’s son toils in the family vinyards in 1800s Bavaria. Then a letter from America seems to offer that dream… to an older brother. Begging for the chance, it is adventurous Michael who finds himself alone, age fifteen, arriving in an America he can barely comprehend. As his new country teeters on the brink of civil war, Michael must confront riots, bigotry, and a cruel indenture. But his greatest challenge may be the accelerating machine age, threatening to wipe out his livelihood forever.
Based on actual family letters written from both sides of the Atlantic across the generations, The Last of the Blacksmiths "is music and history and motion, love and heartbreak and honest hard work… Claire Gebben delivers an unforgettable narrator, an intimate glimpse of the immigrant experience, and an ultimately uplifting story,” says Ana Maria Spagna, award-winning author of Potluck, Test Ride On the Sunnyland Bus, and other works.
Jordan Hanssen's Rowing Into the Son is the true account of an unforgettable adventure. Four college friends stepped into a 29-foot rowboat as the only American competitors in the first North Atlantic Rowing Race, pulling across the northern ocean. Rowing Into the Son takes the reader along: through hurricane-level winds, giant eddies, passing freighters, flying fish, sharks and more. The race comes to a tense head on day 17—with another 55 days to go—as the crew realizes their food supplies are running out and they must drastically restrict their eating.
Lead rower Jordan Hanssen recounts how the crew copes with the confines of their tiny boat. Their determination to push their limits will keep readers enthralled in this remarkable true tale of coming-of-age and adventure. “Jordan Hanssen has proven he can write true adventure as well as live it, by rowing across the ominous Atlantic Ocean. Truly an epic of adventure and perseverance, this is great inspiration for anyone who thinks of someday tackling the impossible,” says Clive Cussler.
Paradise Imperfect: “Should we take the kids and move to Costa Rica?” Seven weeks later, Margot, her husband and two kids are there: jobless on top of a mountain, hours from the nearest paved road.
Paradise Imperfect is Margot Page’s witty, insightful memoir of a family’s struggle to right itself in a leafy new world. Reflecting on parenting and privilege, loneliness and connection, Margot and Anthony discover what happens when typical soccer-parent-technology-professionals escape to the mountaintop: even when everything changes, some things remain the same.
“morally complex and poignantly hilarious,” says Bob Shacochis, National Book Award Winning author of The Woman Who Lost her Soul. “a love letter to the tangled and beautiful mess that comes from taking big chances,” says Pam Mandel, award-winning travel writer
Margot Page’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Huffington Post, ParentMap and Brain, Child. She is a regular contributor to the Brain, Mother blog. An excerpt of Paradise Imperfect was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.