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!).







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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.