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A Pirate Looks at Fifty
Buffett, Jimmy
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Format: Mass Market Paperbound, 448pp.
Date of publication: May 01 1999
Publisher: Fawcett Books
ISBN-13: 9780449223345
Dimensions: 17.45 cm. (length) X 10.90 cm. (width) X 2.77 cm. (thickness)
Weight: 209 grams

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Author Note
Singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett has recorded more than thirty albums, which included the two hit singles "Margaritaville" and "Come Monday."  He is also the author of two bestselling books: Tales from Margaritaville, a collection of short stories which was on the bestseller list for seven months, and the #1 bestseller Where Is Joe Merchant? He has his own record company and chain of restaurants and stores. [Edit review] [Delete review]
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For the millions of fans of Jimmy Buffett's music as well as his bestselling books, Tales From Margaritaville and Where Is Joe Merchant?, here is the ultimate Jimmy Buffett philosophy on life and how to live it.  As hard as it is to believe, the irrepressible Jimmy Buffett has hit the half-century mark and, in A PIRATE LOOKS AT 50, he brings us along on the remarkable journey which he took through the Southern hemisphere to celebrate this landmark birthday.
        
Jimmy takes us from the legendary pirate coves of the Florida Keys to the ruins of ancient Cartegena.  Along the way, we hear a tale or two of how he got his start in New Orleans, how he discovered his passion for flying planes, and how he almost died in a watery crash in Nantucket harbor.  We follow Jimmy to jungle outposts in Costa Rica and on a meandering trip down the Amazon, through hair-raising negotiations with... [More...] [Edit review] [Delete review]
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Jimmy Buffett "has gregarious charm . . . and a bottomless well of stories to tell. . . . Reading A PIRATE LOOKS AT FIFTY is like sitting with Buffett at a beachside bar, listening to him spin tales . . . discourse on life and share nifty bits of geography and history."
--Time

"Fulfilling his peripatetic pirate lifestyle fantasies, rocker Jimmy Buffett took his family on a three-week trek around the Caribbean in celebration of his 50th. His colorful travelogue is interspersed with memoirs of his youth and music career--both of which revolve around his continuing search for the perfect fishing spot. But Buffett also imparts useful understandings gained from childhood through parenthood, and a valuable account of what it was like growing up in the '50s."
--USA Today

"The fun-loving Man from Margaritaville parses his hell-bent half-century."
--People

"Some of the funniest travel writing since Mark Twain went off... [More...] [Edit review] [Delete review]
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When I was growing up in Alabama, the beginning of the new school year was a bad time. It meant the end of summer, which is my season. I packed away my shorts and T-shirts, put on socks, shoes, and my parochial--school uniform, and dragged my ass to class. To make matters worse, the first thing the nuns would make us all do on the first day back was to write about what we had done that summer. Having to recall it all while sitting in the antiseptic atmosphere of a classroom was like staring at the goodies in a bakery window with no money in your pocket. However, the bright side to the ordeal was that it reminded me of what lay ahead the next summer, and I carried those longings through the winter and spring until the last bell of the school year rang and I charged back to the beach. I don't know why the idea of trying to put fifty years of living into the same format occurred to me, but it did, and... [More...] [Edit review] [Delete review]
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