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An Island Out of Time: A Memoir of Smith Island in the Chesapeake (Vintage Departures)

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Although Smith Island lies only nine miles off the Maryland mainland, its five hundred inhabitants live much as their ancestors did three hundred years ago. They are exquisitely attuned to the habits of blue crab, oyster, and waterfowl. And they know that on any given day their lives literally depend on which way the wind is blowing.

Tom Horton spent three years living among Smith Island's watermen and their families and has emerged with this marvelously intimate portrait of a deeply traditional community and its vanishing way of life. Whether he is following the crab harvest or attending a service at the local church, eavesdropping on bawdy kitchen-table gossip or chronicling the islanders' disputes with seafood inspectors, Horton tells his stories with wonderful specificity even as he considers what they can teach us about living within nature and at a healthy distance from the rest of the world.

Synopsis:

"He has captured in full the life of the island."—Washington Post Book World

A classic of Chesapeake Bay literature, Tom Horton's An Island Out of Time chronicles the three years Horton and his family spent on Smith Island, a marshy archipelago in the middle of Maryland's famous estuary. The result is an intimate portrait of a deeply traditional community that lived much as their ancestors did three hundred years before, attuned to the habits of blue crab, oyster, and waterfowl. In a new afterword for this edition, Horton brings the story of Smith Island, and its people, up to the present.

About the Author

Tom Horton has written numerous books about the Chesapeake Bay. He lives in Riverton, Maryland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679781059
Subtitle:
A Memoir of Smith Island in the Chesapeake
Author:
Horton, Tom
Publisher:
Norton
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Geography
Subject:
United States - South Atlantic - Maryland
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Chesapeake Bay (Md. and Va.)
Subject:
Smith Island (Md. and Va.) Description and travel.
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st Vintage departures ed.
Series:
Vintage Departures
Publication Date:
20080428
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , "He has captured in full the life of the island."—Washington Post Book World

A classic of Chesapeake Bay literature, Tom Horton's An Island Out of Time chronicles the three years Horton and his family spent on Smith Island, a marshy archipelago in the middle of Maryland's famous estuary. The result is an intimate portrait of a deeply traditional community that lived much as their ancestors did three hundred years before, attuned to the habits of blue crab, oyster, and waterfowl. In a new afterword for this edition, Horton brings the story of Smith Island, and its people, up to the present.

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