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Douglas Whynott:
A Unit of Water, A Unit of Time

Douglas Whynott
  A Unit of Water, A Unit of Time  
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  Douglas Whynott's A Unit of Water, A Unit of Time is a warm and evocative story of wooden sailboats and the men who build them. This chronicle of the year the author spent at the Brooklin Boat Yard on the coast of Maine is a loving tribute to boatbuilder Joel White, son of the legendary writer E.B. White. Joel was diagnosed with lung cancer in January of 1996 and that summer began building his masterpiece, the W-76, an exquisite boat that would be the summation of his life's work. One doesn't have to be enamored with boat building or timeless New England towns to get caught up in this poignant story. Weaving meditations on the virtues of hard, rewarding work and the special bond between fathers and sons with fascinating details on the art of wooden boatbuilding and what it was like growing up in the White household, Douglas Whynott has crafted an inspiring book.

An elegiac tribute to Joel White, the sublime beauty of wooden sailboats, and the impressive craft of boatbuilding, A Unit of Water, A Unit of Time is, like White's final boat, graceful and charming. In this issue of Bold Type you'll find an author notebook from Douglas Whynott on how he came to write A Unit of Water, plus an excerpt selected by the author.
 
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  Photo of Douglas Whynott copyright © Isha Whynott

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