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Before working as a speechwriter at the White House and on Capitol Hill, John Pollack worked as a foreign correspondent, at a history museum, and as a strolling violinist. In 1995, he won the 18th Annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships. A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, he now lives in New York City.
"As the boat bobs down the Douro River to the cheers of the crowd, Pollack's absurd quest seems not merely charming but heroic." -The New Yorker "A surprisingly charming memoir." --Esquire "An adventure whose goofiness is exceeded only by its fun." -Detroit Free Press "Fascinating and extraordinary." --San Francisco Chronicle "A great story of adventure and imagination." --The Oregonian "Irresistible. . . . This adventurous memoir is the perfect post-holiday escape. It is a hearty affirmation that dreams can-and sometimes do-come true." -Tucson Citizen "Compelling. . . . Pollack is so likable that it's hard not to root for him. . . . After reading this book, you might never look at a cork-or a pipe dream-in quite the dame way again." -San Antonio Express-News "This spiritual journey on a boat made from wine bottle corks is . . . well worth taking. This Cork Boat floats." -Orlando Sentinel "Written in a style of singular grace and impact. . . . The example of John Pollack imagining and fashioning this object of rare, if bizarre beauty, is worthy of warmest admiration." -Washington Times "This buoyant nonfiction adventure saga is bound to float any armchair adventurer right out of the winter doldrums." -Boston Herald "A Quixotic tale that made me chuckle-and brought a lump to my throat." -Witold Rybczynski, author of Home "What can be more fun than a childhood fantasy realized and beautifully told? An absolute delight for sailors; for landspeople; for people like ourselves who delight in the simple, noble, and amusing cork, often the best part of the wine." -David and Daniel Hays, authors of My Old Man and the Sea "[Pollack's] breezy writing and witty asides go well with a comfy armchair and a bottle of wine." --Washingtonian "Hard to resist." -Arizona Republic