This morning's paper reported that Syracuse had been subjected to 66 straight hours of snow accumulating nearly 20 inches as the result of a massive storm that moved up the east coast last week. It is on days like this that thoughts of warm Caribbean islands occupy my mind.

Coping with winter storms is easier with stories of warmer climates. This winter follow the adventures of Norman Paperman when he buys a down island resort. Herman Wouk's Don't Stop the Carnival Don't Stop the Carnival: A Novel

 tells his tale of trials and tribulations as Norman follows his dream. Listen as Jimmy Buffett tells Norman's tale in the musical version of Don't Stop the Carnival. 

Paperman's story is fiction, of course, however Mary Caldwell's story is true. John and Mary Caldwell set sail in the 1950s, finally settling on a small island off Grenada. Mary's Voyage Mary's Voyage: The Adventures of John and Mary Caldwell - A Sequel to Desparate Voyage

tells the tale of their voyage and efforts to develop an island resort. Lest you think that Paperman's woes are fiction, Mary's story will convince you otherwise. Together the books portray life in the islands a half century ago.

Both books are great nautical reads for cold winter evenings. Stay warm!