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Into the Blue

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  21 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Award-winning journalist Andrea Curtis explores the shadows cast over her family by a century-old shipwreck and uncovers the tragedy, disaster and promise of early life on the Great Lakes.

Every family has a story, passed down through generations. For Andrea Curtis that story is the wreck of the SS J.H. Jones. In 1906, the late-November swells of Georgian Bay erupt into a b
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 22nd 2003 by RANDOM HOUSE CANADA (first published 2003)
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A very interesting radio interview with the author served as a successful enticement for me to read this book about the effect on the life of her maternal grandmother of the sinking (in 1906) of the steamboat J.H. Jones (captained by her father, Jim Crawford).

The early chapters feature well-researched historical facts intertwined with family oral history and believable speculative stories ("creative non-fiction") about life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the community of Wiarton,
May 19, 2013 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Andrea Curtis does a wonderful job of sharing the story of her great-grandfather and the tragic story of his family.
Aug 20, 2013 Marc rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoire, biography
I enjoyed this book a lot. I am writing this review some time after I finished it. Curtis simultaneously writes a personal story and family history; a history that involved the perilous life of working on the inland seas of Canada-The Great Lakes.

Having spent time myself piloting a working boat on Lake St. Clair-the puddle, I still have a great deal of respect for those early captains.

Curtis' prose captures the people, the lakes and Georgian Bay with realism. Great story. I own an author signed
Jul 27, 2015 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you live on Georgian Bay this is a must read. If you like adventure, mysteries and family history than this book is for you too. Well written and entertaining.
Nov 05, 2013 Peter rated it really liked it
Having been born in Wiarton and now living in Montreal I really enjoyed all aspects of Andrea's book. The description of the lives, attitudes and relationships of the people at this point in time are especially fascinating as is the details of the hard and many times tragic lives of the sailors on the Great Lakes.
Aug 16, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Great history of Georgian Bay and shipping and boat travel. Well written and engaging.
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Andrea Curtis is an award-winning writer in Toronto.

Her new book, written with Nick Saul, is the National Bestseller, The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement. It is published by Random House Canada and Melville House Press in the US and UK.

Andrea's first children's book, What's for Lunch? How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World (check out the web site
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