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From a writer whose books succeed in either subverting or creating genres comes a unique look at an inaccessible world: life on board an American aircraft carrier.

At once deft travelogue, unerring social observation, and honed comedy, this book describes life on a three-dimensional maze of walkways, hatches, and stairs; conversations conducted in a language suffused with acronyms but devoid of grammar; and Geoff Dyer’s own earnest efforts to appreciate the men and women aboard who have chosen a way of life the diametric opposite of the one he has constructed for himself. Underlying Dyer’s efforts to overcome the disadvantages of being the oldest, tallest (actually, second tallest), and most self-conscious person on the boat is an intense fascination with the military world—one that has its origins in the long hours he spent as a child building and painting airplane models and mastering the intricate details and features of military aircraft. This fascination allows Dyer to appreciate the rigorous protocols defined by the instruments, equipment that requires a thoroughgoing mastery of detail, and the expectations and outlooks of those who must adhere to a regimen defined by service and self-constraint, and a refusal to embrace uncertainty.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dyer stows himself away on an American aircraft carrier, fortunately, with all his hilarious tics in place. A rare kind of nonfiction, with sentences that keep on giving long after your eye has sailed on.”

    Steve Martin

  • Another Great Day at Sea is what we’ve all come to expect from Geoff Dyer—another great book. I loved everything about it. It’s brilliantly observed, beautifully written, incisive, funny, and filled with stirring truths about life and the value of service.”

    David Finkel, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist

  • “Geoff Dyer has managed to do again what he does best: insert himself into an exotic and demanding environment (sometimes, his own flat, but here, the violent wonders of an aircraft carrier) and file a report that mixes empathetic appreciation with dips into brilliant comic deflation. Welcome aboard the edifying and sometimes hilarious ship Dyer.”

    Billy Collins, New York Times bestselling author of Aimless Love

  • “What could be better than weeks far away on the flat seas of the Arabian Gulf with Geoff Dyer? He is, if possible, even more witty and charming than usual. The carrier's hugeness, its crew’s tireless cheer and openness, and the enormous mechanical and electrical forces at work everywhere fare wonderfully here with Dyer’s unique combination of depth, irreverence, and explosive humor.”

    Annie Dillard, New York Times bestselling author of The Living

  • “This is what I love about Geoff Dyer’s work: His feet are never on the ground.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “When Dyer delves into a specific topic, he delves deeply, which is why we’re looking forward to his latest exploration: what life aboard an aircraft carrier is like. As always, he laces his observations with comedy and captivating storytelling.”

    Huffington Post

  • “Dyer is to essays what Anthony Bourdain is to food, and in Another Great Day at Sea his descriptions do not disappoint.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Terrific reading…And so with this generous, illuminating, and very funny book, Geoff Dyer, one of the most inquisitive writers in the English language, has proven his writing chops on land and at sea. What’s left? We need to send him to space.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “An often hilarious and aphoristic, short-chaptered account written by a British essayist who is fascinated by American culture…A highly entertaining read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Unique, interesting, and surprising…fascinating.” 


  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
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