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Plunge! – Sally Stiles

An exceptional, deeply-moving memoir—a classic love story.

In the late 1970s, a fragile thread linked a woman living on Park Avenue in Manhattan and a man in a guarded house in West Africa. “I love you very much he whispered softly across 7,000 miles of ocean and up the East River.”

Plunge! is a love story, exquisitely told. Sally was a New York career woman when David showed up in her life. Their first dinner date was July 13, 1977, the night of the New York Blackout. Six weeks later he told her he had accepted a job in Nigeria. After a romantic weekend at the Pierre Hotel, David left the city. “The noise of the engines was muffled through the window, and as the plane taxied to the runway, the sound faded away, like a love song drawing to a melancholy close.”

As David struggled to clear a jungle to build a paper mill in West Africa, Sally worked at her fast-paced job, occasionally flew private planes, and led the tenants of her Park Avenue apartment building into battle against her landlord. Over the next nine months, they corresponded—openly, often with humor—and had three brief reunions: in Nigeria, London and New York. “Perhaps the distance that separated us, the lack of instant interaction, helped us both to communicate more thoughtfully, more honestly and even more passionately than we might have otherwise.”

“An amazing, beautiful literary accomplishment.” – Carol Shaben, author of Into the Abyss

“I can’t remember the last book that affected me like Plunge! It’s very moving and strong and honest and beautifully written. I was drawn in from the start—a gifted writer.” — Dalia Pagani, author of Mercy Road

“So well written and so compelling.” – Louise Crowley, Program Director, Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Writing

“A deeply moving and deeply-felt story which will resonate with others as it resonated with me” — Michael Boxall, author, The Great Firewall

“Alive and vibrant . . . An interesting, compelling narrative.” — Phyllis Barber, author of eight books, including Raw Edges

281 pages


The Haiku Guide to Williamsburg – Sally Stiles

This small book is a gift of carefully rendered poetry and artful photography to celebrate those aha! moments which residents and visitors alike experience in the historic triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown, Virginia.

75 pages


Crazeman in the Bottle – Sally Stiles

An enchanting collection. You’ll laugh and cry, stop in J.D. Salinger’s home town, go to the movies, visit with a shaman, ride on Pegasus’ bare back, travel to East and West Africa and learn how man might really have been created. Accessible but thought-provoking.

60 pages


Haiku Guide to the Inside Passage (Revised edition) – Sally Stiles

This beautifully crafted volume merges poems and photographs in recreating an actual voyage and a voyage of personal discovery. Even if you have never sailed from Puget Sound to Alaska, these tender and evocative haiku, and their complementary photos, will take you there in ways you could never imagine.

You will sail into deep fjords, watch wildlife graze remote shores, anchor beside glaciers only accessible by boat or float plane and visit first-nation fishing villages. According to first readers: “The book evokes majesty, surprise, humor, tension and danger.” — “It’s a travelogue, love story and fine poetry collection wrapped up in one beautiful package.”

“The book is a meditation on the shifting emotional textures of life aboard Haiku, a 31-foot trawler. Weather changes, light shifts, the tides ebb and flow. Haiku’s wake vanishes and only these words remain. This is a beautiful book, about a woman, a man, and the waters they pass through. Read it. But slowly.” – Michael Boxall, author of The Great Firewall.

A perfect book for travelers and a must-have book for all true lovers of poetry.

97 pages