The lore and lure of the ocean's bounty.




Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World

By Mark Kurlansky


Kurlansky ranges across the Atlantic and across the centuries to tell his compelling story of "the fish that changed the world." We learn about the Basques who made fortunes selling salted cod to Catholic, about Bartholomew Gosnold who named Cape Cod, about Clarence Birdseye and his frozen fish franchise, and much more.






The Oysters of Locmariaquer

By Eleanor Clark


A marvelous excursion into realms zoological, cultural, historical, and literary, in which the author of Rome and a Villa explores the traditions, labors, and livelihood of the French community of Locmariaquer, whose generations of oysters have put the tiny Breton village on the gustatory map.







Time Bandit

By Johnathan Hillstrand and Andy Hillstrand


Two brothers share their lives in Homer, Alaska and their offshore adventures as professional fisherman on the Bering Sea. Their battles with weather and tide in pursuit of a daily catch of king and opilio crab makes riveting -- at times thrilling -- reading.








Fish Without a Doubt

By Rick Moonen


A comprehensive and inviting guide to fish cookery, replete with tips and techniques to give a novice confidence and point an expert down new paths -- plus more than 250 simple, delicious, and eco-friendly recipes from Moonen, chef-owner of RM in Las Vegas and one of America's most celebrated seafood masters.




The Summer Shack Cookbook

By Jasper White


Jasper White brings the fun and flavor of his Summer Shack restaurants to the page in this celebration of the pleasures of summertime seafood indulgence, from Creamy Cape Cod Clam Chowder to Steamers Cooked in Beer to Classic Maine Roll (with Whoopie Pies for dessert!).







July 26: On this day in 1602 "A booke called the Revenge of Hamlett Prince Denmarke" was entered in the Stationers' Register by printer James Robertes.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.


When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).