A Pirate Looks at Fifty

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Random House Publishing Group, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 448 pages
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For the millions of fans of Jimmy Buffett's music as well as his bestselling books, Tales From Margaritaville and Where Is Joe Merchant?, here is the ultimate Jimmy Buffett philosophy on life and how to live it.††As hard as it is to believe, the irrepressible Jimmy Buffett has hit the half-century mark and, in A PIRATE LOOKS AT 50, he brings us along on the remarkable journey which he took through the Southern hemisphere to celebrate this landmark birthday.
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Jimmy takes us from the legendary pirate coves of the Florida Keys to the ruins of ancient Cartegena.††Along the way, we hear a tale or two of how he got his start in New Orleans, how he discovered his passion for flying planes, and how he almost died in a watery crash in Nantucket harbor.††We follow Jimmy to jungle outposts in Costa Rica and on a meandering trip down the Amazon, through hair-raising negotiations with gun-toting customs††officials and a 3-year-old aspiring co-pilot.††And he is the inimitable Jimmy Buffett through it all.
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For Parrotheads, for armchair adventurers, and for anyone who appreciates a good yarn and a hearty laugh, here is the ultimate backstage pass -- you'll read the kind of stories Jimmy usually reserves for his closest friends and you'll see a wonderful, wacky life through eyes of the man who's lived it.†† A PIRATE LOOKS AT 50 is a breath of fresh air and a ingenious manual for getting to 50 . . . and beyond.


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Mellow singer-songwriter Buffett's previous best-selling books--the essay-and-story collection Tales from Margaritaville (LJ 10/1/89) and the novel Where Is Joe Merchant? (Harcourt, 1992)--were ... Read full review

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If you are a Parrott Head and/or have found a kindred spirit in the lyrics of Jimmy's songs reading this book will amplify the connection. Jimmy gives us a window into the life that has formed his outlook and is the foundation for his lifestyle and lyrics. For me this is a truly enchanting read. I feel like he is talking to me and is hoping that I will understand him at a more personal level than is possible if you just view him through the “Rock Star” lens. I expect to reread it frequently. 

Contents

Trouble on the Horizon l
2
O0IUI
8
Questions and Answers
15
Wheels in the Well
22
A Hangar Full of Memories
29
SECTION III
36
Folly Chasing Death nJI OOOOLaJ
68
Blame It on Lord BadenPowell o EE38S3d
108
Back to the Beach
233
The BlueMarlin Tango
240
Island in My Dream
265
Blame It on Norman Papeiman
271
No Plane on Sunday
277
The Worst Club Sandwich in the World
289
The Hour of Mysterious Flourishing
307
Another Snouy Day in Paradise
314

At the Wheel of My Spaceship
128
Island Girls
134
Do You Know the Way to San J osť?
141
and Me
153
Five Miles Higher and Moving Fast
163
Where the Pavement Ends and the Dust Begins
169
Study Your Language Tapes
172
A Shy ExAltar Boy from Alabama
189
A Hippie in Mississippi
199
Mirror Mirror on the Wall
211
A Caribbean Soul
217
Fun Tickets in My Pocket
325
Doing the Amazon
329
Day Two
346
Back to the Islands
355
New Territory
372
Bequia Sketches
378
Island Hopping
393
Retum to the Quiet Little Fishing Village
405
Epilogue
418
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About the author (2000)

Singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett has recorded more than thirty albums, which included the two hit singles "Margaritaville" and "Come Monday."††He is also the author of two bestselling books: Tales from Margaritaville, a collection of short stories which was on the bestseller list for seven months, and the #1 bestseller Where Is Joe Merchant? He has his own record company and chain of restaurants and stores.

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