VIRTUAL: Michael Tougias Launch, in Conversation With Robert Cocuzzo

Join us for a discussion of the outdoors and father/son relationships with authors Michael Tougias and Robert Cocuzzo, as Michael launches his new book, The Waters Between Us: A Boy, a Father, Outdoor Misadventures and the Healing Power of Nature.  Register for this Zoom webinar here.

About The Waters Between Us: A Boy, a Father, Outdoor Misadventures and the Healing Power of Nature:

Untamed. Unsupervised. Uncontrolled. Boyhood in the 1960s and '70s was a time for exploration and mischief. Author Michael Tougias found more than his share of misadventures in the woods and on the water: some life-threatening but others innocently hilarious. Over time - and after reading a multitude of adventure books -- these experiences took shape in his quest to be a mountain man, owning a cabin in the forest and living off the land. Part of that dream would come true, but only after a family tragedy that shook his world and forced changes in his life. This is also a story of a complex and strained relationship between father and son, the efforts at understanding, and ultimately respect and devotion. In The Waters Between Us Tougias channels Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods" to mix laugh out loud humor with insight into the natural world through the eyes of a curious boy. Tougias is a New York Times Bestselling author and co-author of 31 books, including There's A Porcupine In My Outhouse (Winner of the Independent Publishers "Best Nature Book of the Year") and The Finest Hours (inspiration for a 2016 Disney movie). He has received many writing awards.

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.

About The Road to San Donato: Fathers, Sons, and Cycling Across Italy:

The Road to San Donato is an adventurous travel memoir of an American father and son tracing their Italian heritage by bicycle. With only the bare essentials on their backs, author Robert Cocuzzo and his sixty-four-year-old father, Stephen, embark on a torturous 425-mile ride from Florence, Italy, to San Donato Val di Comino, an ancient village hidden in the Apennine mountains from which their family emigrated a hundred years earlier. After getting lost, beaten down, and very nearly stranded, when they finally reach the village the Cocuzzos discover so much more than their own family story.

For many Jews in the 1940s, the road to San Donato was one of exile; during World War II, dozens were interned in the village. When the Nazis came to ship them off to death camps, however, many of the villagers went to heroic lengths to save their lives. Walking and pedaling through this history, Robert Cocuzzo is determined to learn the role his family played at the time. The Road to San Donato is a story of fathers and sons, discovering lost cousins, valorous history, and the challenge and exhilaration of traveling by bicycle.

For the last 10 years, Robert Cocuzzo has served as the editor of N Magazine, a seasonal lifestyle publication based on the Island of Nantucket. During that time, he has authored two critically-acclaimed books Tracking the Wild Coomba: The Life of Legendary Skier Doug Coombs and The Road to San Donato: Fathers, Sons and Cycling Across Italy. He has also contributed to a number of publications including DeparturesEsquireOutside and Luxury.

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Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 7:00pm

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781493057603
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Published: Lyons Press - March 15th, 2021

Untamed. Unsupervised. Uncontrolled. Boyhood in the 1960s and '70s was a time for exploration and mischief. Author Michael Tougias found more than his share of misadventures in the woods and on the water: some life-threatening but others innocently hilarious.


The Road to San Donato: Fathers, Sons, and Cycling Across Italy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781680512441
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Published: Mountaineers Books - September 1st, 2019

The Road to San Donato is an adventurous travel memoir of an American father and son tracing their Italian heritage by bicycle.


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