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Washed Up: The Curious Journeys of Flotsam and Jetsamby Skye Moody
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Where does it all come from? From tennis shoes, gold doubloons, and rubber ducks to ambergris, seedpods, and dead whales, the ocean gives up many curious prizes. In Washed Up, author Skye Moody walks the coast, dons her wet suit, and heads out to sea to understand the mysterious debris that accrues along the tide line. She finds advanced military technology applied to locating buried Rolexes, hardcore competitive beachcombing conventions, isolated beach communities, and learns about the Pacific Garbage Patch, a 200-mile swirl of current that holds everything from car parts to basketballs to kilos of heroin. Like the best walks down the beach, Washed Up pauses for shiny objects and colorful people and gives inspiration to both budding and seasoned treasure hunters.
"Washed Up is a book for anyone who has ever bent down on a beach, hopeful that the small object at hand might just be a treasure. It is for anyone who has wondered how far an object has traveled or just what else might be out there, floating on the high seas." Oregonian
"Moody is clearly passionate — one might even say obsessed — with flotsam. This is both the book's strength and weakness." Seattle Times
"Part memoir, part encyclopedia, Washed Up is geeky and obsessed, but also playful and informative." San Diego Union-Tribune
From tennis shoes, gold doubloons, and rubber ducks to ambergris, seedpods, and dead whales, the ocean gives up many curious prizes. In Washed Up, author Skye Moody walks the coast, dons her wet suit, and heads out to sea to understand the mysterious debris that accrues along the tide line.
About the Author
Writer, photographer, and former East Africa bush guide, Skye Moody is also the author of Hillbilly Women and Fruits of Our Labor: Soviet and American Workers Talk About Making a Living. She lives in Seattle.
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