The lore and lure of the ocean's bounty.




By Mark Kurlansky


Kurlansky ranges across the centuries and over the Atlantic to tell the compelling story of "the fish that changed the world." What begins as a biography of a single piscine species quickly becomes a work of world history as we learn about the Basques who made fortunes selling salted cod to Catholics, about Bartholomew Gosnold who christened Cape Cod, about Clarence Birdseye and his frozen fish empire, and many more fascinating fish-related figures.



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 delectable oysters have put the tiny Breton village on the gustatory map.




The Story of Sushi

By Trevor Corson


The definitive work on the complex history of what seems like a simple cuisine: raw fish and rice. Trevor Corson, author of The Zen of Fish and The Secret Life of Lobsters, unveils the surprising origins of sushi and takes readers behind the scenes to observe what goes into a sushi chef's training. Assembled with the care and attention to detail of a great sushi creation.



Time Bandit

By Andy and Jonathan Hillstrand


Reminiscent of The Perfect Storm, except in the Pacific Ocean instead of the Atlantic and in search of king crab as opposed to swordfish, this is the story of two brothers living in Homer, Alaska and their offshore adventures as professional fisherman on the Bering Sea. The battles with weather and tide in pursuit of a daily catch aboard their boat, the titular Time Bandit, makes for riveting reading and was the basis for the Discovery Chanel series The Deadliest Catch.



Fish Without a Doubt

By Rick Moonen and Roy Finamore


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. But if you're interested in recipes that evoke the boardwalk rather than the Vegas Strip (think Steamers Cooked in Beer and Classic Maine Rolls with Whoopie Pies for dessert), check out The Summer Shack Cookbook by Jasper White.

July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

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).