Nothing But Blue

A Memoir

Non-Fiction - Memoir
256 Pages
Reviewed on 09/13/2018
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Author Biography

Diane's essays have appeared in many publications, including O, The Oprah Magazine, Brain, Child, Brevity Blog, and When Women Waken. She writes a weekly column called My Life on the Post Road for Books, Ink (
In addition to essays, she has written a memoir called Nothing But Blue, which will be published in the fall of 2018 by She Writes Press. She’s explored other forms of literary expression in nearly one thousand haiku poems (, and many essays about all of Shakespeare's plays (
Diane teaches yoga, provides nutritional counseling, and tutors Spanish. She looks forward to writing the next chapter, now that she has earned an MA in Shakespeare Studies in Stratford-Upon-Avon at the University of Birmingham's Shakespeare Institute.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Nothing But Blue: A Summer At Sea by Diane Meyer Lowman is an adventurous and fascinating memoir that takes readers on a trip along with the author when she travels on a German container ship on a working stint abroad. As a nineteen-year-old Middlebury College student, the author’s journey from New York to Australia and New Zealand and back, through the Panama Canal, speaks not only about her trips but about how traveling changed her perception of life, living, and the world. The journey helps her return to her home country as a confident and independent person who can face challenges and the world without any fears.

The author is very eloquent about her time aboard the ship and she shares every detail with readers through the memoir. Her feelings when the container ship slips away from the dock, and knowing that her trip is real, is relatable to many readers, especially those who have traveled by ship. Her memoir also throws light on the politics inside a ship and how at times she felt unnerved by the happenings on board. Her adventures aboard the container ship are both exciting and funny, and will inspire many readers to embark on their own journey to new places.

This memoir is also one of self-discovery, courage, and finding strength, and it exposes the underlying strength beneath a beautiful face. And as the author aptly puts it, ‘This ocean had tried to swallow me, too. To drown me in its depth and absorb my colors to prevent my full spectrum of light from shining. At times I felt the tug of the undertow allowing only the blue to rise. But like the ship, her defiant crimson shining above the surface and not succumbing to the pull, I’d managed to stay afloat.’