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Skipjack: The Story of America's Last Sailing Oystermen

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  44 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
In Skipjack, Christopher White spends a pivotal year with three memorable captains as they battle man and nature to control the fate of their island villages and oyster fleet. Through these lively characters, White paints a vivid picture of life on a skipjack, a wooden oystering sailboat as they dredge for oysters—a favorite staple of iconic American seafood cuisine for ov ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 10th 2009 by St. Martin's Press
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Nov 23, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
As we are into Oyster Season, this is a great book to help us appreciate the legacy for the meals we will so enjoy until the end of the season - oyster stew, fried oysters, oyster stuffing. It is not just "open a jar." Even if you don't like oysters, the history of the people who live on the Chesapeake Bay is fascinating. yes, it is about the Eastern Shore, but you will recognize the people as being on the Western shore too.
Sep 17, 2013 Spencer rated it really liked it
a through and melancholy overview of a once-booming american industry unique to the chesapeake bay. the demise of the sailing oyster dredger is painted as a national tragedy, which is an interesting story, but it's marred slightly as the language towards the end turns from sad to vindictive. government interference/inaction or not, there are other areas to place the blame. still, a biased ending doesn't take away from the accomplishment that this book represents. the author's dedication, patienc ...more
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Apr 29, 2014 Sigrid Reynolds rated it really liked it
Poignant, amusing, can't wait to make Miss Pauline's Crabcakes
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Aug 02, 2015 Mary Anne rated it really liked it
What an amazing view of life of the Chesapeake watermen!
Jun 13, 2014 Joe rated it it was amazing
Wonderful, beautiful book. This will definitely join Beautiful Swimmers as a classic look at the history, culture and biology of a small and fascinating slice of the life of the Chesapeake Bay. It's very well written and totally engrossing.
Jul 23, 2013 Jean rated it really liked it
Entertaining, insightful, and engaging! This was a great book to read following Chesapeake by James Michner. It provides keen insight to an industry many take for granted. A must read for those of us who who love the Chesapeake Bay.
Dec 04, 2014 Kathy rated it really liked it
Loved learning more about the shore and life of working watermen!
Aug 20, 2014 Shaun rated it really liked it
Shelves: sea-stories
This book will live alongside Beautiful Swimmers on my shelf of sea stories. I haven't laid eyes on a Skipjack in decades and now I miss them. A good ol' boy will feel blue after reading this one.
Sep 08, 2014 Emily rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-bay
I don't know what to say about Skipjack. I loved it so much. A fascinating and heartbreaking read that opened a little window for me to another part of my home, the Chesapeake Bay. Highly recommended.
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