We are pleased to welcome local author Michael Cosgrove to the store to discuss his memoir, Imperfect Passage. Michael will join us on Thursday, August 9th from 7 - 8:30 p.m. This is a free wine and cheese event and reservations are requested. If you would like more information about this event, please call us at 231-347-1180 or send us an email.
Michael Cosgrove had a beautiful family, a successful career, and a
lovely Southern California home overlooking the Pacific Ocean. But once
he reached sixty, he decided to leave that all behind to sail around the
Despite his visions of rugged individualism and salty tales to share
with his grandchildren, Cosgrove quickly realized that sailing around
the world wasn’t as easy as he had dreamed. Struggling against a
psychotic crewmate, sleep deprivation, mental breakdowns, constant
storms, and hallucinations, Cosgrove rode the waves, trying to keep his
idea of “doing something grand” alive. Alone, and thousands of miles
away from everyone he loved, he was forced to ask himself one question:
what in God’s name am I doing here?
his attempt to avoid the inevitable (growing old, weak, frail),
Cosgrove ran amok. He broke his budget to outfit the boat and then
refused to read the manuals. He entered unfamiliar harbors in the dead
of night, hired a violent first mate, and sailed headlong into ferocious
storms. At the same time, he longed for the simpler days when his four
daughters were still children, when his first marriage was still intact,
and when his dreams were still within reach.