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The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontierby Colin Woodard
Synopses & Reviews
For more than four hundred years the people of coastal Maine have clung to their rocky, wind-swept lands, resisting outsiders' attempts to control them while harvesting the astonishing bounty of the Gulf of Maine. Today's independent, self-sufficient lobstermen belong to the communities imbued with a European sense of ties between land and people, but threatened by the forces of homogenization spreading up the eastern seaboard.
In the tradition of William Warner's Beautiful Swimmers, veteran journalist Colin Woodard traces the history of the rugged fishing communities that dot the coast of Maine and the prized crustacean that has long provided their livelihood. Through forgotten wars and rebellions, and with a deep tradition of resistance to interference by people "from away," Maine's lobstermen have defended an earlier vision of America while defying the "tragedy of the commons" — the notion that people always overexploit their shared property. Instead, these icons of American individualism represent a rare example of true communal values and collaboration through grit, courage, and hardwon wisdom.
"[A] lucid cultural history of Maine...Woodard...covers a lot of ground in his informative book, and he never fails to make the story engaging." Publishers Weekly
"Woodard writes with the knowledge and sympathy of a Maine native." Library Journal
"Woodard...delivers hands-on details about the practice and culture of lobstering, a thriving exception to the collapse of the Gulf of Maine fishery. A fond but concerned portrait of the author's native state." Booklist
Book News Annotation:
Journalist Woodard, a self-identified native Mainer, offers a historical, social, and ecological portrait of his home state, portraying the land and its people as a world perpetually separating natives attempting to defend their economic livelihoods and social ways of life from intruding outsiders (who often give birth to new generations of natives). Mixing journalism and synthetic history, he describes the political developments of the state, examines the ups and downs of the coast's fishing and lobstering communities, and discusses the relationship between those communities and the environment upon which they depend.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In the tradition of William Warner's Beautiful Swimmers, veteran journalist Woodard traces the history of the rugged fishing communities that dot the coast of Maine and the prized crustacean that has long provided their livelihood.
A fascinating look at the octopus through its life, death, robotic replicas, and delicious dinners
We eat, study, copy, and idealize the octopus. Yet this strange creature still eludes our understanding. With eight arms, three hearts, camouflaging skin, and a disarmingly intelligent look behind its eyes, it appears utterly alien. But octopuses have been captivating humans for as long as weand#8217;ve been catching them. Cultures have created octopus-centric creation myths, art, and, of course, cuisine. For all of our ancient fascination and modern research, however, we still havenand#8217;t been able to get a firm grasp on these slippery beasts.
Now journalist Katherine Harmon Courage dives into the fascinating underwater world of these mysterious cephalopods. From her transatlantic adventures to Spain and Greece, expeditions in the Caribbean and back to Brooklyn, she invites readers to experience the scientific discoveries, deep cultural ties, and delicious meals connected to the octopus.
Courage deftly interweaves personal narrative with interviews with leading octopus experts. She provides an entertaining yet informative romp through the world of these infinitely interesting creatures.
An endlessly fascinating look at American regionalism and the eleven andquot;nationsandquot; that continue to shape North America
According to award-winning journalist and historian Colin Woodard, North America is made up of eleven distinct nations, each with its own unique historical roots. In American Nations he takes readers on a journey through the history of our fractured continent, offering a revolutionary and revelatory take on American identity, and how the conflicts between them have shaped our past and continue to mold our future. From the Deep South to the Far West, to Yankeedom to El Norte, Woodard reveals how each region continues to uphold its distinguishing ideals and identities today, with results that can be seen in the composition of the U.S. Congress or on the county-by-county election maps of presidential elections.
About the Author
Colin Woodard is a Maine native and the author of Oceanandrsquo;s End: Travels Through Endangered Seas. He is a regular contributor to the Christian Science Monitor and the San Francisco Chronicle.
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