Notes on Life

A Girl’s Stories from Land

Kirkus Review

November 7th, 2017|

“A debut memoir reveals a turbulent adolescence.

At first glance, the voyage of Bjorn Johansen and his three daughters from San Diego to the islands of Tahiti in 1975 aboard the Aegir (Norwegian for “lord of the stormy seas”) has all the makings of a standard adventure story. But there is much more […]

Pacific Yachting Magazine review

June 13th, 2017|

Pacific Yachting Magazine reviewed Fourteen in May 2017.

“The raw and emotional debut novel by Leslie Johansen Nack has it all: mid-Pacific monster storms, emergencies at sea, a young female heroine, sex and drugs all while exploring the world on a 45-foot custom-built sailboat. All of this intrigue combines

to tell the […]

Fourteen turns One

October 18th, 2016|

October 20, 2016 – One year since publication

Do you realize that it’ll be 2029 when Fourteen is fourteen?  Ha!

Thanks for walking this path with me for the past few years. Most of you signed up for my blog/newsletter a year before publication and I thank you for that! I also […]

San Diego Union Tribune features Fourteen

September 12th, 2016|


“Leslie Johansen Nack’s memoir, “Fourteen,” is about a long-distance sailing trip she took aboard a 45-foot boat in 1975 with a father who was both adventurous and abusive. Lines got crossed that had nothing to do with the masts.

The Oceanside resident will talk about her book today at 4 p.m. […]

Sailing Magazine Review

February 26th, 2016|

Fourteen is reviewed in the March, 2016 issue of Sailing Magazine, page 21.

“The true life story of a teenage girl in Southern California in the 1970s is certain to be full of the standard sex, drugs and rock and roll associated with that time. Add in an abusive father who […]

Publicity and the Book Launch Party

November 29th, 2015|

It’s been a whirlwind since the book published on October 20, 2015. I appeared on the local morning show, San Diego Living, on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 – four days before my book launch party. It was perfect for building excitement about the book. (Links to all the publicity Fourteen […]

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