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Nathaniel Philbrick Penguin Books, $17 Amidst today’s tales of high-tech yacht de­sign and the pros bat­tling it out in seem­ingly im­pos­si­ble con­di­tions, Sec­ond Wind is the gor­geously sim­ple story of a man who loves two things: his boat and his fam­ily. A for­mer Sun­fish cham­pion, Nathaniel Philbrick, who is also the author of the best­selling Heart of the Sea, be­gins his mem­oir years later when he is land­bound, work­ing and rais­ing his two kids while his boat rots in the backyard. In a way that will be achingly fa­mil­iar to any­one who’s ever sat at their desk and dreamed of the sail­ing of their youth, Philbrick then de­cides to re­turn to the wa­ter. And with his fam­ily in tow, he sets his sights on the 1993 Sun­fish North Amer­i­cans. Heart­warm­ing, hon­est and above all re­lat­able, Sec­ond Wind is a story of fam­ily and love for a sport that tran­scends age. —Ly­dia Mul­lan

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