This is a peaceful, relaxing book primarily about life on the water in and around Portland, OR. I read the first half, and it was impossible to read quickly. At the time I felt pressured to get through a big pile of books, so I've put off finishing this one until I can give it more time. This is the sort of writing that I want to absorb slowly, soaking in all the details and lingering in the strong sense of place that it evokes. Anyone who loves spending time in boats will likely enjoy this book.