The Tenth Island by Diana Marcum

The Tenth Island

From a Pulitzer Prize–winning writer comes an exuberant memoir of personal loss and longing, and finding connection on the remote Azorean islands of the Atlantic Ocean. Reporter Diana Marcum is in crisis. A long-buried personal sadness is enfolding her—and her career is stalled—when she stumbles upon an unusual group of immigrants living in rural California. She follows them on their annual return to the remote Azorean islands in the Atlant...

Details The Tenth Island

TitleThe Tenth Island
Release DateAug 1st, 2018
PublisherLittle A
GenreNonfiction, Travel, Autobiography, Memoir

Reviews The Tenth Island

  • Ieva
    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how different the USA is to the UK and that we are divided by a common language. The narrative was rather introspective and very autobiographical and I had trouble being into ...
  • Francesca
    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and then just didn't finish it. The Azores are a very compelling topic but I think a more linear writing style may have worked better?
  • Goth Gone Grey
    I enjoy biographies and learning about other places - traveling without ever leaving my couch. This semi-fiction, semi-autobiographical book seemed a great choice for this month's First Reads selection.The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. More peace, more romance, more beauty, more.. Saudade. The indescribable longing for something that you're not sure of, whether it be happy or sad, that's just out of reac...
  • Mandy
    This was neither a travelogue, nor a history book, nor a "lost my shit and found love in a foreign land" book. And I'm good with that.I was initially concerned that I was reading another version of Eat Pray Love (based on the notes on Amazon) but found that the author was less a lost soul and more of a searching one. The Azores sound so beautiful and welcoming, and the format of each chapter almost as a short story was very effective. The Murphy ...
  • Calzean
    The author is a journalist, she is in a slump with nothing going right - no permanent job, no love life and no fulfilment. Through her work she meets some of the many emigrants from the Azores who make an annual pilgrimage back to their homes. She decides to visit this set of islands firstly for a couple of weeks, then a few months and years later for a year.Not surprising she finds happiness in the simple, community-based life style. She writes ...
  • Wendy Orford
    Sorry but I did not enjoy this book. I continued reading it because I thought something interesting may happen to Diana on her Azores adventure but it didn't. I found the book rather rambling and difficult to keep up with the different people mentioned. Having said all of that and as a result of reading this book I am planning to visit the Azores next year for a holiday so it cant have been all bad.
  • Shayna
    I rarely give 5-star reviews, but this beautiful—and beautifully written—memoir most definitely deserves one. Kudos to journalist Diana Marcum for combining the depth and breadth of excellent reporting with the singsongy lyricism of a veteran novelist. I enjoyed every word and have added the Azores to my travel bucket list.
  • Lauren
    I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The book overall is in chronological order (I think), but wow do the stories bounce around within certain time periods. It is very inconsistent and annoying with peppering of history about the islands/people/California to the point you just wonder, how is this relevant to what is going on? And I'm someone who appreciates historical context, but I got to the point, especially towards the end of t...
  • Karen M
    In the Top Five of My Favorite Books Ever!I am a voracious reader and generally choose detective/sleuth, action-packed adventure stories but, agreeing with other reviewers of this book, it was the only one of the July free reads that remotely appealed to me, perhaps because of my love of travel and exploration of new places.I found this book relaxing and thought-provoking. Ms Markum has an extraordinary way of not only describing the sights and s...
  • Sue
    A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from California, Marcum let go of everything to go alone to the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal to explore the California-Azores connection. Although not Azorean herself, she felt a special connection on her first visit and took a year-long leave of absence from her job at the Los Angeles Times to spend more time in the Azores, mostly on the island of Terceira. She lived in houses rented or loaned to h...
  • Lisa
    SaudadeAs a collector of words, saudade, loosely and inadequately translated to heartfelt longing, spoke to my soul, as did this entire novel. A newspaper reporter explores the lives and stories of Portuguese emigrants and immigrants between the Azores islands and Central Valley, California. Told with a mixture of wistful saudade, humor and descriptive personal experiences, Marcum allows you to travel vicariously to these beautiful islands. I've ...
  • Ann-Marie
    This is a well written book that makes me homesick for a place I have never been, and miss people I don't know.
  • Ellen Trautner
    Sort of a travel book, sort of memoirs, sort of educational about Azorean immigrants and the California drought. I liked it! I feel like I learned a lot, both about California and the Azores and the people who are kind of caught in between. Marcum met some Azoran dairy farmers in California just doing some random local newspaper article. Somehow she for invited to the Azores for a few weeks and enjoyed it. She ended up going back for an entire su...
  • Booknblues
    What a fun book! Reading The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores by Diana Marcum , I longed to visit the Azores, she made them sound so appealing. I couldn't help but google images from the islands and they are as beautiful as she described.Marcum is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who specializes in human interest stories. She is extremely sociable and makes her subjects feel at ease and is able to elicit muc...
  • Mblome
    Without much of a plot, it moved too slow to keep me interested.
  • Carla
    Being the child of immigrants is a strange experience to navigate. I always feel equal parts American and Portuguese, but also not really fully one or the other. To my Portuguese family, I will always be the American cousin, albeit one with a decent grasp of Portuguese and a passable accent. To my American friends, I am always a bit of an other, not fully American, but not really all that foreign either. I am not really a minority as people think...
  • Michele Amedee
    This was a very slow memoir. I did enjoy the story, but I wouldn’t call it a page turner. The author is a Pulitzer Prize winner, so yes, she can write. She was a journalist in California. While doing research for an article about the many people who migrated to California from the Azores, she decided she needs to go there to understand it better. After she comes back to CA, she is always thinking about the Azores and when/how can she get back t...
  • Dorie
    The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty and Unexpected Love in the Azores 🍒🍒🍒🍒By Diana Mercum2018Little A BooksDiana Marcums life changes when she discovers a group of immigrants from the Azorean Islands living in the Central Valley of California. They migrated to North America fleeing a Portuguese dictator and a massive volcanic eruption, between 1950 and 1980.Her energy and fascination can be felt throughout her travels to the 9 Islan...
  • Annette
    What a lovely memoir of a beautiful place I knew nothing about. Always the armchair traveler, the Azores is a storied group of Islands. Azoreans emigrated to California's central valley but always wanted to return home to the Azores. Bullfights, cuisine and folklore of proud Portguese people. A wonderful book.
  • Cat Hall
    This is a beautiful, moving love story between a woman and a string of islands. It speaks to the part of my heart that longs to just go. It reminds me that I am my only obstacle. This book is a must read for those with this internal calling. Enjoy the journey!
  • Mary L.
    This was a book of memories. Some were humdrum, some extremely interesting, some amusing. No plot to speak of but you kept coming back for the next great turn of phrase or piece of wisdom uttered by one of the characters in the book.
  • Tonya
    I once lived in the Acores.When I say the cover of this book I knew where the picture was taken. I lived there. I was a Military wife at Lakes Field. I too fell in love with this mystical place. The people are amazing. I spent 2 years there (December 1992-Feb-1995). An adventure I will hold in my heart forever. Your book brought back so many memories, and yes once you have been chased by a bull in the streets,you never forget it. I lived in Bel J...
  • Deborah
    Wonderful read. This book is a joy to read. Several times I caught myself laughing out loud. It’s a interesting story about an island culture and the people that live there: Their quirks and customs, and their stories.
  • Heather Kerbow Weikum
    I really enjoyed this book. It taught me about an area of the world I knew nothing about, so much so that I've added it to my "travel list". At times, some of her stories seemed to drag out but otherwise, no complaints!
  • Connie Johnson
    Held my interest because of the storyline with the mystique of the islands. Not sure I would recommend.
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  • Jan Fiola
    Interesting to learn about these remote islands and their traditions. I was hoping for more closure to the kind of left me hanging.
  • Brian Stankich
    Humor, History and HeartI liked Diana's humor, historical research and her example of being able to connect with all kinds of people. Her writing style is playful and she obviously has a big heart.
  • Kristi Kissick
    This was a good book and well written but it didn't have much of a plot.