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Books & Publications


A Cruising Guide to Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands

International Marine/McGraw-Hill 2005
The first comprehensive boater's guide to the almost 2,000 miles of shoreline and more than 300 islands of Puget Sound. A Cruising Guide to Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands has earned a glowing reputation for the lucidity of its writing, the high quality of its information, and the accuracy of its piloting instructions. The 2nd edition includes color photos and nautical chart segments throughout, as well as approaches and anchorages, weather, tides, currents, and local history and attractions. The definitive resource for Puget Sound cruising.
"...everything a yachtsman's pilot ought to be: shipshape, ...unusually well written, very thoroughly researched." -Jonathan Raban

Back Under Sail: Recovering the Spirit of Adventure

Milkweed 2003
Written with the momentum and grace of a sailboat running at full speed, Back Under Sail describes a five day race through breathtaking Alaska wilderness, and one woman's voyage outward from deeply isolating experiences. The Spirit of Adventure Around Admiralty Island Race tests whether she can regain her enthusiasm for life after a violent attack three years earlier, ending in fresh insights and renewed hope.
"Her descriptions of the team's surroundings can be nothing short of luminous." -Publishers Weekly

Sailing to Simplicity: Life Lessons Learned at Sea

International Marine/McGraw-Hill 1999
Thirty vignettes that explore everyday life on the water—from childhood escapes on makeshift rafts to ocean passages. "...always instructive, sometimes profound, and a good candidate for both the bedside at home and the bunkside afloat...” -SailNet

Still Loved by the Sun: A Rape Survivor's Journal

Simon & Schuster 1992, Plume 1993
A memoir that chronicles the year after Migael Scherer was raped and nearly murdered in a Seattle laundromat. Still Loved by the Sun received a 1993 PEN/Martha Albrand Special Citation for distinguished nonfiction. The PEN judges described it as "one of the first of its kind...With the skill of a novelist Scherer has written a poignant exploration of one woman's evolving reactions to being victimized by random violence...Her insights are heroic and universal." In the same year the book also received a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award.

Essays & Articles

"Why I Turned Down Oprah Winfrey"

Nieman Reports, Harvard University, Fall 1996.


Alaska Passages: 20 Voices from Above the 54th Parallel, edited by Susan Fox Rogers. Sasquatch Books, Seattle, Washington, 1996.

"Raven Woman"

Sacred Bearings: A Journal on Violence and Spiritual Life, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Spring Issue 2000, and Connotations, Island Institute, Spring 2001.

Reporter Profiles

Reporter profiles for Covering Violence: A Guide to Ethical Reporting about Victims and Trauma, by Roger Simpson and Bill Coté. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006.

"Effects of News Coverage: How the Media Can Help"

Medical, Legal, and Social Science Aspects of Child Sexual Exploitation: A Comprehensive Review of Pornography, Prostitution, and Internet Crimes. St. Louis: Glenn Whaley/GWMedical Publishing, 2005.