Women-Adventure-Travel Book Buzz!

07/11/2015 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

From Wendy Hinman: a suspenseful and  hilarious memoir of seven years on the ocean—from EC Murray, personal transformation on a remote goat farm in the snowy mountains of southern France—and from LOCAL Kathryn DeMeritt, Wildflowers of Leavenworth, complete with photos, maps and trails.


Tightwads on the Loose: a Seven Year Pacific Odyssey

“There comes a time in life when we must not only dream, but follow it wherever it might lead,” says Wendy Hinman. She still adores her husband after spending seven years circumnavigating 34,000 miles of the Pacific Ocean with him aboard Velella, a 31-foot cutter without refrigeration, generator, water heater or radar.

“Wendy Hinman offered genuine enthusiams, practical, noteworthy advice and some hilarious tales… her memoir will captivate you.” – Cruising World

Tightwads on the Loose tells the story of Wendy and Garth, who set sail for an open-ended voyage, never imagining they’d be gone seven years, or cover 34,000 miles at the pace of a fast walk. Living without most “necessities,” they visit 19 countries and endure typhoons, close calls with freighters, pirates, phantom night vessels, and snake- and crocodile- infested waters.  Ultimately teamwork and a sense of humor matter most as they survive and thrive through “character-building opportunities.”

“Vividly details the highs and lows of life at sea and at port…sail away with the intrepid Wendy Hinman and her humorous and ingenious insights about life at sea.”— Chanticleer Book Reviews

“A compelling read, Tightwads on the Loose: a Seven Year Pacific Odyssey flows as an adventure narrative with a “you are there” flavor.” – Magnolia News

“Alternately hilarious, exciting and thought provoking, Tightwads on the Loose tells what happens when two people with very disparate personalities set out in a too small boat with a too small budget. Tightwads on the Loose will take you on a glorious romp around the Pacific.”-- Elsie Hulsizer, author of Glaciers, Bears and Totems 

Wendy Hinman is a freelance writer with an insatiable curiosity and a natural inclination to share her discoveries.  A traveler since childhood and a sailor since age six, Hinman has a degree in economics and a successful international business which has taken her to dozens of countries. She has years of experience in journalism, public relations, and marketing internationally. She’s a sought-after speaker, particularly on living your dreams, nautical matters, adventuring and living simply. For speaking engagements, consulting or writing projects, visit wendyhinman.com.


A Long Way From Paris by EC Murray

A Long Way From Paris, a Kirkus Best Book of 2014, is a story of personal transformation in the snowy mountains of the South of France.

“Riveting,” say reviewers. In this searing, authentic memoir, Elizabeth is hired to herd goats on a remote mountain farm in the South of France. Without heat, running water, or even a good grasp of French, she carves out a new life for herself. Jumping into farm life cheerfully, Murray quickly learned to make cheese, birth calves and survive on one bath a week. With compassion and candor, she vividly paints the strong personalities she encounters.

The realities of farm life may bring tears to readers’ eyes, but readers will also laugh at the comical portrayals of truffle hunting, and relish the descriptions of simple Christmas festivities. This rich, lucid memoir traces Elizabeth’s metamorphosis from a privileged preppie to a hardworking farmhand who protects her goats through raging blizzards.

“Murray writes with grace and humor…A welcome memoir of France that offers a complex mosaic of memories.” – Kirkus Reviews

“She beautifully explores her deep awareness of the land, an unfolding appreciation of hard work and the importance of family. The result is a fascinating journey filled with wisdom, grace and compassion.” -- Carlene Cross, author of The Undying West

E.C. Murray (Elizabeth Corcoran Murray) is the author of A Long Way From Paris, a Kirkus Best Book of 2014, and of Life Kind of Sucks, a tiny book of ideas for rough patches in life. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her work has been published in Hybrid Mom, Strokes and Spokes, ABILITY, Peninsula Gateway, Tacoma Weekly, and Seattle Child. Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Elizabeth now lives on an island in Washington with photographer Paul Murray, their daughter, and a frisky cat. She is the founder of The Writers Connection and teaches writing at Tacoma Community College and Seattle Central Community.


Wildflowers of Leavenworth

More than five years in the making, Wildflowers of Leavenworth, Washington is a collection of over 250 wildflower photos by photographer Kathryn DeMeritt. Meticulously researched, each wildflower includes a detailed description and illustration of its leaf.  Learn more about the wildflowers we see daily. In addition, DeMeritt provides detailed maps of hikes and  photo locations.

 A beautiful display piece, locally printed, showcasing the stunning flowers of our region.  Also a wonderful resource for fun and easy botanizing— and for planning your next hike!












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ISBN: 9780984835003
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Published: Wendy E. Hinman - March 31st, 2012

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ISBN: 9780990310211
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Published: Writers Connection - November 17th, 2014