Rockaway: Surfing Headlong Into a New Life


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Mariner Books
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6.1 X 8.8 X 1.2 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

DIANE CARDWELL, a founder of Vibe magazine, is a former reporter for the New York Times. She was among the inaugural writers of "Portraits of Grief," the Times' signature profiles of those killed in the 9/11 World Trade Center attack.


"Toes to the nose, knees to the chin, Diane Cardwell's memoir about learning to surf in midlife shows us how to pop up again and again, with style."--Jill Eisenstadt, author of From Rockaway and Swell

"Diane Cardwell's Rockaway is a remarkably moving, entertaining, honest and heartening memoir of reinvention and resilience."--Francine Prose, author of Blue Angel and What to Read and Why

"Becoming someone new is hard work. Diane Cardwell does not stint. With a reporter's eye for detail, and rare honesty, she pushes through heartache, self-consciousness, long-held fears, Hurricane Sandy, and innumerable walls of white water. Her progress toward surfing skillfully, love, and an unlikely community is a deeply satisfying ride." --William Finnegan, author of Barbarian Days

"Diane Cardwell's Rockaway is so invigorating that it makes you want to get outside, try something new, live more fully and freely. This story of a woman following her passion is an inspiring reminder about the possibilities of renewal and reinvention." --Tova Mirvis, The Book of Separation

"Surfing is hard, wild, daring, and sometimes dangerous; so is life after heartbreak and divorce. Bravely, Diane Cardwell pushed herself to embrace the unknown--in many ways--and find a new form. What she also found, among the surfers at Rockaway Beach, was joy and community. Rockaway is the inspiring story of her discovery and mastery of a new life."--Liza Mundy, author of Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II

"In this eloquent narrative, the author offers a moving portrait of a woman in search of herself as well as a joyful celebration of physicality, friendship, and the art of surfing. A bighearted and uplifting memoir."--Kirkus Reviews

"Readers don't have to surf to be taken away by Cardwell's story . . . a rich account of living through . . . disaster and rebuilding in its aftermath."--Publishers Weekly