In 2005, George Brown was commissioned to edit the life story of S. Bailey Norton Jr., a 10th generation Martha’s Vineyard native. Published in November 2006, My Long Journey Home: A Life Worth Living, a 152-page, hardcover history, details Norton’s family lineage dating back to the late 1600s and the life on the water where his forbears made their living. With wonderful anecdotes about early Edgartown, this book proved a welcome contribution to the history of an individual and a community.

Book Specifications

Title: My Long Journey Home: A Life Worth Living

Trim Size: 11” x 8 ½” Landscape format

Extent: 152 pp + case + dust jacket

Printing: Text 4×4, four-color and black/white photography

Printed By: National Hirschfeld, Denver, Colo.

Timeline: Project commenced December 2005. Books delivered December 2006.



“I have known George for several years having first worked with him when he was producing As We Were for the Edgartown Yacht Club. This documentary of our club is an outstanding publication and treasured by the members of the club.

“I had been working on (my autobiography) for five years when we discussed the possibility of him helping me produce a book, which we ended up naming, appropriately enough, My Long Journey Home: A Life Worth Living. Everyone is impressed with the book and in the short time since publication, many more copies have been sold than we ever anticipated.

“I found George to be very creative and meticulous in his work and a joy to work with. Without his help my book would not have been the success it has turned out to be.”

—  S. Bailey Norton Jr., Edgartown, Mass.

Sample Interior Pages