Saturday, March 13, 2010

Jimmy Buffett Books: Fins up, Parrotheads! Spring break reading ahead...

Fins up Parrotheads! I'm cleaning off my bookshelf and although I enjoyed Jimmy's books, I'm feeling less and less the need to "keep" everything these days. This small lot would make a nice gift for a friend (if you already own them) or a nice giveaway prize at your monthly Parrothead Phlocking. As I type this I'm realizing some people may not have any idea what a Parrothead is and why I am talking so strangely... so click *here* for an education (that wiki needs some help but it suffices for now).

It's almost spring break and you may be ready for a Margaritaville state of mind, so grab these books, pour a cold one and prepare for some escape-time. Enjoy!

1. A Pirate Looks at Fifty. NY: Random House, 1998. Hardcover in dustjacket - Very Good condition with minor wear at corners. A travel-diary-cum-autobiography, features Buffett behind the wheel of his Grumman Albatross seaplane, safely piloting family and friends through a three-week trip around South and Central America and the Caribbean. He blends gentle scenic narration with rambling, unplugged life stories meant to convey that he's made peace with the whole aging process. Yet Buffett's infectious, grinning attitude towards life eventually finds resurrection in extended riffs on fly-fishing, solo piloting over water, and surfing. In such passages, he earns his claim to a "saline psyche," a legacy inherited from his grandfather, skipper of a five-masted barkentine that ferried lumber from New Orleans to the Caribbean. Sailing and soaring over Atlantic, Caribbean, and Pacific seas, Buffett looks at 50 and sees a very good life. 

2. A Salty Piece of Land. NY: Little, Brown & Co. 1994. Hardcover in dustjacket in Fine condition (like new). The beloved traveler/troubadour offers up a plate of stories from his world of seaplanes, tropical isles, and wayward adventures. A Salty Piece of Land takes readers to a warm beach and introduces some of the wildest characters ever to dip their toes in the ocean. This irresistible collection will be the next in an impressive line of bestsellers for the inimitable Jimmy Buffett.

3. Tales from Margaritaville: Fictional Facts and Factual Fictions. NY: Fawcett. 1990. Trade paperback in Very good condition with previous owner's gift inscription inside front cover. Just where is Margaritaville anyway? It's not on a map, but it does exist, in the brilliantly creative, sometimes slightly skewed imagination of Jimmy Buffett. This is a collection so vividly packed with restless dreamers, wild wanderers and pure gypsy souls that just reading it is an adventure itself.

 4. Where is Joe Merchant? NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers. 1992. Hardcover with dustjacket in Very good condition. Where is Joe Merchant? That’s what his sister Trevor Kane, wants to know. For South Seas psychic Desdemona, Merchant is the missing link needed to connect her with other worlds. And the mystery of the presumed dead but often-sighted rock star’s disappearance is turning renegade seaplane pilot Frank Bama’s life upside down. Jimmy Buffet fans will be enchanted with this modern-day pirate tale.


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