A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean
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A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean


"In the end," writes Tori McClure, "I know I rowed across the Atlantic to find my heart, but in the beginning, I wasn't aware that it was missing."

During June 1998, Tori McClure set out to row across the Atlantic Ocean by herself in a twenty-three-foot plywood boat with no motor or sail. Within days she lost all communication with shore, but nevertheless she decided to keep going. Not only did she lose the sound of a friendly voice, she lost updates on the location of the Gulf Stream and on the weather. Unfortunately for Tori, 1998 is still on record as the worst hurricane season in the North Atlantic. In deep solitude and perilous conditions, she was nonetheless determined to prove what one person with a mission can do. When she was finally brought to her knees by a series of violent storms that nearly killed her, she had to signal for help and go home in what felt like complete disgrace.

Back in Kentucky, however, Tori's life began to change in unexpected ways. She fell in love. At the age of thirty-five, she embarked on a serious relationship for the first time, making her feel even more vulnerable than sitting alone in a tiny boat in the middle of the Atlantic. She went to work for Muhammad Ali, who told her that she did not want to be known as the woman who "almost" rowed across the Atlantic Ocean. And she knew that he was right.

In this thrilling story of high adventure and romantic quest, Tori McClure discovers through her favorite way—the hard way—that the most important thing in life is not to prove you are superhuman but to fully to embrace your own humanity. With a wry sense of humor and a strong voice, she gives us a true memoir of an explorer who maps her world with rare emotional honesty.

Title:A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages

    A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean Reviews

  • Elizabeth
    Aug 17, 2010

    I truly enjoyed this memoir from local writer, Tori Murden McClure. Louisville has these large signs on the sides of buildings proclaiming hometown heros such as Muhammad Ali, PeeWee Reese, Diane Sawy...

  • Carol
    May 16, 2011

    This is my kind of book. It's not only that I live vicariously through adventures such as this but that I also get a bang out of the determination, strength, and discipline exhibited by women such as ...

  • Kris
    Jul 24, 2011

    I wanted to hate this book. I felt that way even more when I had to find it in the Sports section under "Nautical". Book club selections were meant to open my mind to other types of reads. So, there I...

  • Alex Serafini
    May 10, 2016

    A Pearl in the Storm by Tori Murden McClure was an interesting book, I did enjoy most of it however the beginning of it was a little bit slow. When the beginning of the book is slow it always ends up...

  • Matt
    Aug 20, 2012

    In A Pearl in the Storm, Tori Murden McClure - the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic - attempts an inspiring autobiography-cum-adventure tale with (at least in terms of literary achievement)...

  • Sarah
    May 27, 2011

    Tori Murden McClure is a darn amazing woman. As the current president of Spalding University here in Louisville, I had the opportunity to hear her speak once and was captivated by her two minutes at t...

  • Books Ring Mah Bell
    Apr 16, 2012

    This woman is AMAZING.Hard core bad ass.Decided to row across the Atlantic, yes,ROW, and has to abandon her boat after nearly being killed by a hurricane. She truly is brutalized by the ocean. I was w...

  • Liralen
    Dec 14, 2015

    Reporter: "If you aren't going to get any money out of this, are you after fame?"Tori: "Can you name the first woman to climb Mount Everest?"Reporter: [Silence]Tori: "Her name was Junko Tabei. Can you...

  • Jessica
    Feb 28, 2014

    Every now and then I come across a book that has the power to hit me between the eyes and make me think thoughts that are deep and difficult and a little life altering. I found that in this book; whic...

  • Map
    Jul 30, 2009

    I never ask why hardy souls attempt to conquer mountains, or go off into the woods with nothing but the clothes on their back and a few essentials, or row across the ocean solo. I understand that need...

About Tori Murden McClure

Tori Murden McClure

Tori Murden McClure is best known as the first woman and first American to row solo and unassisted across the Atlantic Ocean. She was also the first woman and first American to travel overland to the geographic South Pole. McClure has completed major climbs on several continents. She is the President of Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. She has worked as chaplain of Boston City Hospital