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The Big Oyster by Mark Kurlansky
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Aug 07, 11

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Read from August 03 to 07, 2011

By the man who wrote Salt and Cod, both awesome books that use the aforementioned products to trace out the development of the world itself, comes another book along the same wonderful lines, but this one with a narrower focus: the oyster beds of New York City. I found this to be a fascinating read, and it gave me lots of insight into New York that I didn't even know I was lacking. I was born and Raised in New Jersey, and I was astounded by how little I knew about the history and evolution of NYC before reading this book. Wonderfully told, equal parts science, history, and a philosophical examination of man's relationship with nature- if you liked the other two, read this. If you never read the other two, read this anyway :)
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