Lifesaving Lessons

Lifesaving Lessons

Notes from an Accidental Mother

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143125129
  • 272  Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


New York Times–bestselling author Linda Greenlaw tells of her greatest challenge: adopting a teenage daughter

The only female swordfish boat captain in the country and a survivor of the real Perfect Storm, Linda Greenlaw was not a woman to shy away from a challenge. Then came fifteen-year-old Mariah—the greatest force of nature Greenlaw has ever encountered. In this chronicle of becoming a mother to a troubled teenage girl, Greenlaw’s fans will be delighted by her trademark candor and down-to-earth style of storytelling, and will see a side of her that’s never been revealed before. New readers, and any parent of a teenage daughter, will find much to empathize with in this brave and heartfelt new memoir.


"A great read."

– The Boston Examiner

"From mishaps to fish tales, Greenlaw keeps her narrative suspenseful."
– Publishers Weekly

"Fast-paced and lively."
– The Portland Press Herald

"Greenlaw speaks with unquestionable authority when fashioning the salty atmosphere of swordfishing life. A vanishing slice of life caught with ardor and freshness."
– Kirkus

"Greenlaw knows how to spin a good yarn…Seaworthy is a more reflective book, pondering not just the vageries of nature but the nature of success and self-defintion."

Praise for Linda Greenlaw and Seaworthy

"Book readers should rejoice…Greenlaw’s writing sweeps the reader along not only for the incidents at sea but also for her candid reflections about them."
– The Huffington Post

“A beautiful book…A story of triumph, of a woman not only making it but succeeding at the highest level in one of the most male-dominated and most dangerous professions.”
– Douglas Whynott, The New York Times Book Review

Praise for The Lobster Chronicles:

“These true, interwoven stories of island life and lobstering are as engaging and uncommon as [Greenlaw’s] adventures at sea.”
– Boston Magazine

Praise for All Fisherman Are Liars:

“You can’t help but be a bit in awe of Greenlaw for her gutsiness, and she comes across as so darn likable you wish you were sitting at the Dry Dock next to her.”
– The Miami Herald

"Greenlaw is a remarkable woman who can hold her own, whether it’s in the male-dominated fishing industry or on the printed page."

"Pure joy."
– The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville)

"Even if you never really wanted to go to sea for months at a time on a fishing boat…you’ll be caught from the very first sentence of this engrossing and illuminating book."
– San Francisco Book Review

Praise for The Hungry Ocean:

“Anyone who loves the sea will love this book.”

– Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm