Woman in The Wheelhouse

Woman in The Wheelhouse

by Nancy Taylor Robson


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Nancy Taylor Robson is one of the first women in the country to earn a US Coast Guard license. She grew up sailing and building boats with her father and worked as a housepainter, desk clerk and yacht maintenance person while in college. After earning a degree in history, she married and went to work alongside her husband as cook/deckhand on an old 85-foot tugboat. The fear of being maimed or lost overboard, the male opposition, and the drudgery during seagoing tours that ranged from Maine to Florida, Bermuda, New Orleans and Mexico was coupled with romantic sunsets, a ringside seat on nature and an appreciation for hard won accomplishment. Robson, one of a handful of women who paved the way for every intrepid woman who has followed, brings that world alive. Author of numerous articles and essays, Nancy Taylor Robson is also the author of two novels: Course of the Waterman and A Love Like No Other: Abigail and John Adams, A Modern Love Story.

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ISBN-13: 9781939632005
Publisher: Head to Wind
Publication date: 04/04/2013
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Nancy Taylor Robson grew up sailing and building boats with her father, married a tugboat captain, (who she's still happily married to) and embarked on a life of adventure, challenge and fun. Her first book, Woman in the Wheelhouse, told the sometimes harrowing story of working on an old coastal tugboat as cook/deckhand. She earned a tug operator's license and worked in Mexico in the Campeche oil fields on a supply boat.

Her second, Course of the Waterman, the coming of age novel of a young Eastern Shore waterman, won the Fred Bonnie award in 2004. Her third book, second novel, A Love Like No Other: Abigail and John Adams, A Modern Love Story, takes readers into the lives of the new nation's strong-willed second First Lady and her stubborn, often-absent and adored husband, John, our second US President. Robson wrote the book because she had spent big chunks of time raising children alone while her husband was at sea.

A freelance writer for many years, Robson has published personal essays, features, maritime reporting and analysis, travel, garden and more for such places as The Washington Post, Yachting, House Beautiful, The Baltimore Sun, the Christian Science Monitor, Southern Living, Sailing, and more. She is also a University of Maryland Master Gardener who grows and cans the family's fruits and vegetables. She writes, sails, races sailboats (occasionally), walks the German Shepherd dogs, and cooks for friends and family.

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