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.

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."