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The Big Oyster by Mark Kurlansky
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Aug 08, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction, history, math-is-hard
Read in August, 2008

The oysters, no matter how delectable, are only the framework for this history of New York City. And what a history: the greatest city in the world has an appropriately murky and checkered past. Sadly, that's what did in the oysters, taking them from abundant, local, and cheap to a pricey delicacy -- imported, out of necessity.

Certainly my favorite of Kurlansky's commodity-focused histories.

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