West of the Equator: In Search of Paradise

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Frederick Fell Publishers, 2005 - Fiction - 315 pages
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West Of The Equator is a satirical account of one man's spiritual journey, as told by his spirit guide, Ian - a well seasoned West Indian merchant sailor who narrates the story of a Chicago stock trader who goes to the West Indies and buys a 75' catamaran to set out in search of Paradise. Instead, he finds a female captain who turns out to be the love of his life, chaos, mayhem, and, eventually, true happiness but only after he faces unbelievable trials and is stripped of everything he owns along the journey. In this humbled state, he discovers that he is, in fact, the island, his life the vessel, and that everything he'd every truly needed had been aboard all along. It is a very funny satirical look at life in Paradise and the Zen of sailing.
 

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Contents

Discontentment
1
Guardian Angel
9
Paradise Lost
15
Hook Line Sinker
27
Survival
39
Dead to Weather
51
Celestial Navigation
59
Approval
67
Fear
167
ACDC
175
BlackOut
181
Dinghy Fever
189
Lost at Sea
197
Paradise Peak
205
Mistaken Identity
211
Heart and Sole
217

Excess Baggage
79
10 Some Otters Dont Swim
93
Guilt
105
Innocence
113
Freedom
119
Flotsam and Jetsam
127
Ego or Eating Crow
135
Lambchop or Mutton
141
Bankrupt
149
Dirty Laundry
153
Wisdom
159
Tropical Depression
223
Changes in Latitude
231
Hurricane Hole
239
Weathering the Storm
249
Overboard
259
Eye of the Storm
269
Dead Reckoning
279
Life Death
289
The Payoff
295
Paradise Found
309
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About the author (2005)

Cheryl Bartlam DuBois grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and spent many years boating on the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia's many rivers and tributaries. DuBois studied painting, printmaking, photography, and world religion at VCU in Richmond and moved to Florida to start a sailing charter company, where she was one of the first women in the United States to receive her captain's license. She moved her charter business to St. Maarten, Netherland Antilles, and St. Barth, French West Indies, in the Caribbean, where she owned and ran a 50-foot Spronk catamaran for many years. There, she received an education in life in the Banana Republic and in that eternal search for Paradise. Today, DuBois lives and works in Los Angeles, California, as a writer, producer, and director for film and television.

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