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In her early traveling days, Shelley Buck once thumbed a ride from India to Afghanistan. She was a scriptwriter for Knocking at the Gateway of Gold, a history of San Francisco produced by the Haight Ashbury Community Radio. She has taught writing at colleges around the San Francisco Bay Area. She lives with her family in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Floating Point is her first book. More are on the way.
on Dec. 21, 2010 :
As a technical guy in Silicon Valley I was drawn to Shelley Buck’s “Floating Point” book about living on a boat in the center of the technical universe. Wow, I loved it. Living that harbored lifestyle with all those colorful characters living on the docks must have seemed like exotic travel compared to life in the suburbs. Though I love what I do during working hours, I have always trudged home at the end of the work day and blandly lived the rest of my life. But, the idea of coming home and stretching out on the rear deck of a boat with a beer in hand and watching the sea birds, sailing neighbors, and sunsets over the water as Shelley Buck described was inspiring.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Margaret C. Murray
on Dec. 16, 2010 :
Floating Point seduced me into a world I yearn for, akin to the 60s "where the good guys were winning," which is how the author, Shelley Buck, feels on her way to purchase a $15,000 boat with her husband and berth it in the San Francisco Bay. They need to solve a looming dilemma--how to live and work in Silicon Valley, a dilemma I share. This memoir has all the lure of the Bay Area, with compelling, quirky characters written with a precise, biting, funny, meticulously-crafted viewpoint. The painstaking observations of how boats and other things work is matched and contrasted with the sensitive, self-critical bent of the narrator who solves her own dilemma while the boat endlessly rocks. Reading this book is a delight--and a journey into the dark waters of our present time.
(reviewed long after purchase)