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Skipjack: The Story of America's Last Sailing Oystermen
by Christopher White (Goodreads Author)
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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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.
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