A Boy, a Father, Outdoor Misadventures, and the Healing Power of Nature
The Waters Between Us is a song of praise to the outdoors, an apology for boyhood misunderstandings, and a loving appreciation for a father whose grace, joy and kindness remained steadfast in the face of tragedy. Young Michael Tougias reminds me of Huck Finn, and it's great fun to accompany him on his river adventures. But even more rewarding is the compassion he has gained in hindsight. You'll be grateful to the boy, the man he became, and the father who quietly nurtured them both for this unforgettable memoir.Sy Montgomery, National Book Award Finalist and NY Times Bestselling Author of Soul of an Octopus More than just another outdoors book, Michael explores the complex and often challenging relationship between a father and son that any father or son can relate to. This book will make you smile, laugh and nod your head in agreement. The natural world is Michaels place of inspiration and solace and healing and this book will take you there too.Tom Reed, author of Give Me Mountains for My Horses and Columnist for TROUT magazine I loved it! Tougiass wonderful memoir celebrates a time before cell phones and social media cluttered our lives; when a kid could drape a fishing rod across the handlebars of his bike and find high adventure in the woods and streams around him.Stephen Sautner, author of Fish On, Fish Off and A Cast in the Woods "Reading The Waters Between Us is like sitting down and listening to Tougias spin yarns of his sometimes harrowing (mis)adventures during his youth. Some of the predicaments are nail-biting, such as a near-death experience where he and his friend get tossed into a freezing gorge while rafting down Vermonts Huntington River. But throughout, Tougias tells of his misadventures so amusingly that you keep turning the page to see what kind of trouble he will get into next." Abby Remer, Martha's Vineyard Times A coming of age story that everyone will enjoy because it is so well written.WBZ Book Club, New Englands most powerful radio station As if channeling Huckleberry Finn, Henry David Thoreau and James Dean, Tougias has written a funny, insightful and finally profound autobiographyMetro West Daily News Tougias tells of his misadventures so amusingly that you keep turning the page to see what kind of trouble he will get into next. And the yearning for a close relationship [with his father] wends its way throughout the book. Many of the adventures caused my father to question my sanity, and tested his patience I was a wild kid and a magnet for trouble, writes the author. I learned a lot from him not by talking but by observing. Martha's Vineyard Times When a life-altering tragedy strikes his family after an event of shared happiness, Tougias artfully weaves together memories of his father's and mother's tireless devotion. In this touching memoir, Tougias comically and poignantly describes his long struggle to reach across that gulf that separated him from all he needed to finally find peace. Gannett News Tougias travels encourage reflection of our own childhoods and passages while eagerly turning his pages, immersed in new adventures, lamenting only that each page turned brings us closer to his last. Outdoor Columnist Todd Corayer Fish Wrap Much of the books emotional power comes from Tougias success evoking his special places The Cape Codder Its a story with plenty of comical moments but The Waters Between Us also recounts a tragedy that brought a reckoning for Tougias and his family and his fathers response to that incident gave his son a better appreciation for his dads values and ultimately brought the two closer. Daily Hampshire Gazette Tougias carries readers through his itchy adolescence to his restless young adulthood by skillfully balancing his comic misadventures with a deepe
Michael Tougias is a writer who was born in Longmeadow, Massachusetts in 1955. He writes about maritime, travel, and adventure topics. He is a N.Y. Times Bestselling author of 25 books. An avid fisherman, Tougias became a self-syndicated outdoors writer in 1990. At the time he was also managing a division of a major insurance company. He published the first of his books in 1998. He travels to more than 100 small and large speaking engagements a year to discuss his books and other topics, including "Survival Stories," lessons learned from those who were shipwrecked. U.S. Coast Guardsmen and sailors are frequent audiences; Tougias' last six books have been accounts of historic sea rescues by the Coast Guard, often in the Gulf Stream. His book The Finest Hours: The True Story Behind the US Coast Guard's Most Daring Rescue (2009), co-authored with Casey Sherman, was adapted as a Disney film by the same name, released in 2016. Tougias is a frequent guest on NPR programs, The Weather Channel, Fox & Friends, 20/20, and national talk shows. He lives in Mendon, Massachusetts and Hobe Sound, Florida.