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Literary Nonfiction. Travel. Memoir. From his time aboard the merchant freighter Noble Star, Joe Manning brings us a book of adventure, distant landfalls, and the interesting people met during his sojourn at sea. Through his humbling journey of learning to tie knots and painting the cavernous holds of the ship, to his proud moments of skippering on the bridge, to his heroic—and heartbreaking—rescue of fellow shipwrecked sailors, Manning navigates the waters of maritime lore and reality with the same fascination and precision of Conrad or Melville. CERTAIN RELEVANT PASSAGES is that wonderful kind of book that informs while it entertains, and Joe Manning is that gifted kind of storyteller who takes every reader safely to sea.