Program Details

"The Waters Between Us:  A Boy, a Father, Outdoor Misadventures and the Healing Power of Nature": A Father & Son Story: Growing Up in the 1960 and 70's

Michael Tougias
Arts & Letters

Course Description

Boyhood in the 1960s and ‘70s was a time for exploration and mischief. Author Michael Tougias found more than his share of misadventures in the woods and on the water: some life-threatening but others innocently hilarious. In his latest book, "The Waters Between Us: A Boy, a Father, Outdoor Misadventures, and the Healing Power of Nature," Tougias recounts his boyhood antics, but the story is more than that. It is also a story of a complex and strained relationship between father and son, the efforts at understanding, and ultimately respect and devotion. In "The Waters Between Us," Tougias channels Bryson’s “A Walk in the Woods” to mix laugh-out-loud humor with insight into the natural world through the eyes of a curious boy. Come and enjoy this unique multi-media presentation set during a time before the distraction of cell phones and the internet.

About the Instructor

  • Michael Tougias is a New York Times bestselling author of 29 books including, “The Finest Hours," which was brought to the big screen by Disney starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. His nonfiction books primarily focus on lesser-known historical events. He lectures across the country. His latest book, “So Close to Home," chronicles the first U-boat to enter the Gulf of Mexico and the survival at sea story of an American family who was on a ship torpedoed by this German submarine. He is the author a new bestseller on JFK and The Cuban Missile Crisis titled “Above & Beyond."  Tougias has appeared on The Weather Channel, The Travel Channel, ABC's "20/20," "Fox & Friends," National NPR and many other national TV and Radio shows.