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American Pearl : the true story of the first woman to row alone across the Atlantic

Author: Tori Murden McClure
Publisher: New York : Collins,, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st ed
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"During June 1998, Tori McClure set out to row across the Atlantic Ocean by herself in a twenty-three-foot plywood boat with no motor or sail. Within days she lost all communication with shore, but nevertheless she decided to keep going. Not only did she lose the sound of a friendly voice, she lost updates on the location of the Gulf Stream and on the weather. Unfortunately for Tori, 1998 is still on record as the
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Tori Murden McClure; Tori Murden McClure
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tori Murden McClure
ISBN: 9780061718861 0061718866
OCLC Number: 422949423
Description: p. cm.
Responsibility: by Tori Murden McClure.

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"During June 1998, Tori McClure set out to row across the Atlantic Ocean by herself in a twenty-three-foot plywood boat with no motor or sail. Within days she lost all communication with shore, but nevertheless she decided to keep going. Not only did she lose the sound of a friendly voice, she lost updates on the location of the Gulf Stream and on the weather. Unfortunately for Tori, 1998 is still on record as the worst hurricane season in the North Atlantic. In deep solitude and perilous conditions, she was nonetheless determined to prove what one person with a mission can do. When she was finally brought to her knees by a series of violent storms that nearly killed her, she had to signal for help and go home in what felt like complete disgrace.".

"Back in Kentucky, however, Tori's life began to change in unexpected ways. She fell in love. At the age of thirty-five, she embarked on a serious relationship for the first time, making her feel even more vulnerable than sitting alone in a tiny boat in the middle of the Atlantic. She went to work for Muhammad Ali, who told her that she did not want to be known as the woman who "almost" rowed across the Atlantic Ocean. And she knew that he was right." "In this thrilling story of high adventure and romantic quest, Tori McClure discovers through her favorite way - the hard way - that the most important thing in life is not to prove you are superhuman but to fully to embrace your own humanity. With a wry sense of humor and a strong voice, she gives us a true memoir of an explorer who maps her world with rare emotional honesty."--BOOK JACKET.

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