Paradise Cay Publications is pleased to announce:
Hardback – 304 pages with illustrations
Available through this website and all retailers.
Regular price – $24.95
Now $22.45 through this site
Ebook – available through Kindle or Ibook store
What the very first reviewers have to say about Lin’s newest book:
” a riveting memoir of the path less taken.”–Midwest Book Review
“significant, highly Romantic, and admirable. With many homespun snapshots included, readers may feel as if they’re following the fantastic adventures of an old friend.”–Publishers Weekly
“It’s great. Very, very funny and insightful. Captures a time and place.” – Herb McCormick, former yachting correspondent, The New York Times; editor at large, Cruising World/Sailing World
“With her newest book, Bull Canyon, a Boatbuilder, a Writer and other Wildlife, Lin Pardey makes it clear why she has such a following among her sailing readers: she’s a great observer of human nature and a natural storyteller. In this case, she writes about the four years she and Larry spent living in the California hills while they were building Taleisin. The focus in this book is primarily on the Pardeys’ developing relationship, the cast of colorful characters living nearby, family politics, the march of civilization into the California countryside, and the evolution of Lin’s career as a writer. Although many years have passed since their time in Bull Canyon, Lin remembers events in excellent detail and recreates each scene with humor and honesty.
Any storyteller must have stories to tell and Lin is able to find them by the bushel wherever she and Larry wander, whether on land or sea. These two have consistently chosen the road less taken, which just happens to be where the best stories occur. They wind up in out-of-the-mainstream places where other strong-minded individualists (characters in every sense of the word) tend to congregate. Bull Canyon in the late 1970s and early 1980s was one such place.The Pardeys’ very special characteristics, emphasized in this book, are their can-do spirit and positive attitude. Their good-natured acceptance of complications and their ability to get things done with their own hands makes anything possible. As a result, these two have accomplished much in life.
They are not confounded when the house they’ll be living in leaks profusely and is overrun by rats. The road washes out and firestorms threaten. They dig in, fix up, make do, and enjoy almost every moment. When the going gets particularly tough, the Pardeys seem to gather people around and celebrate. As a result, Lin and Larry have been having a wonderful life together, one well worth telling about . . . and Lin tells it well.
This book, while of great interest to the Pardeys’ sailing fans, will also be read and enjoyed by non-sailors. With it, Lin the storyteller has bridged the divide between sailors and landsmen and will touch readers of every inclination.” – Karen Larsen, Editor, Good Old Boat magzine
A note from Lin Pardey
This story of what some reviewers call, ”Accidental Homesteading” may have been one of the most difficult writing projects I have ever taken on. Unlike with the books about seamanship and our sailing narratives, I was unsure of my reason for wanting to put this story down on paper. We knew we’d taken on a lot of hard work when we decided to build a new wooden boat, we knew doing it in a place without electricity or telephones or a reliable road would make things harder. But free rent and the beauty of the canyon sure made it all seem logical. It appears that several of our friends and neighbors thought we’d bitten off more then we could chew. When I sent the final manuscript to one of the people who is an important character in this story, he made that clear. He is Jimmy Moore, a man who has been a close friend for almost 44 years and one of the people who urged me to keep working on Bull Canyon just because it might make folks laugh.
“I recall the harshness of the Canyon and the stone house. And the pioneer effort you had to put forth to make it work. Not many, if any, people I knew then, or now, could manage yet alone prosper in that environment. It was my good fortune you accepted my offer to build your boat there; it was your good fortune to make use of your talents to turn fool’s gold into real gold or something close to it.
It was granite, granite everywhere decomposed under foot or still standing as hosts to lizards, snakes, rabbits, a myriad of wildlife, human and otherwise. Well done! Your friend, Jim.”
Special note to my sailing readers:
Many of you have asked, “When are you going to write about your sailing adventures on board Taleisin?” As we worked building this bigger sister to our first offshore cruising boat, we finished writing the four-part series that told of the wondrous times we had sailing on board Seraffyn to explore the far reaches of the world. At the same time we wrote two practical books on voyaging under sail. These lead to a demand from both readers and editors for ever more information on the how-to aspects of cruising. But even as Larry and I worked together on these practical volumes, I always wanted to return to the sailing narratives that spoke of the more personal aspects of our lives. Yet for some reason, every time I tried writing another book describing the adventuresome and romantic aspects of life afloat, I found myself stalled. Then I realized the genesis of the voyages we’ve had on board Taleisin lay in the story you now hold in your hand. This story had to be written before I could talk of going to sea. So, though the action in this book takes place on land, I hope you enjoy Bull Canyon and see it as the prequel to Taleisin’s Tales.