Chesapeake Requiem

A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island
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Product Number: Z100132180
Released: Aug 07, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780062858245
Narrator/s: Tom Parks
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A brilliant, soulful, and timely portrait of a two-hundred-year-old crabbing community in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay as it faces extinction. A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: Washington Post, NPR, Outside, Smithsonian, Popular Science, Bloomberg, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Review of Books, Science Friday, and Kirkus "BEAUTIFUL, HAUNTING AND TRUE." - Hampton Sides - "GORGEOUS. A TRULY REMARKABLE BOOK." - Beth Macy - "GRIPPING. FANTASTIC." - Outside - "CAPTIVATING." - Washington Post - "POWERFUL." - Bill McKibben - "VIVID. HARROWING AND MOVING." - Science - "A MASTERFUL NARRATIVE." - Christian Science Monitor - "THE BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR." - Stephen L. Carter/Bloomberg A Washington Post bestseller - An Indie Next List selection -An NPR All Things Considered and Axios "Book Club" pick Tangier Island, Virginia, is a community unique on the American landscape. Mapped by John Smith in 1608, settled during the American Revolution, the tiny sliver of mud is home to 470 hardy people who live an isolated and challenging existence, with one foot in the 21st century and another in times long passed. They are separated from their countrymen by the nation's largest estuary, and a twelve-mile boat trip across often tempestuous water-the same water that for generations has made Tangier's fleet of small fishing boats a chief source for the rightly prized Chesapeake Bay blue crab, and has lent the island its claim to fame as the softshell crab capital of the world. Yet for all of its long history, and despite its tenacity, Tangier is disappearing. The very water that has long sustained it is erasing the island day by day, wave by wave. It has lost two-thirds of its land since 1850, and still its shoreline retreats by fifteen feet a year-meaning this storied place will likely succumb first among U.S. towns to the effects of climate change. Experts reckon that, barring heroic intervention by the federal government, islanders could be forced to abandon their home within twenty-five years. Meanwhile, the graves of their forebears are being sprung open by encroaching tides, and the conservative and deeply religious Tangiermen ponder the end times. Chesapeake Requiem is an intimate look at the island's past, present and tenuous future, by an acclaimed journalist who spent much of the past two years living among Tangier's people, crabbing and oystering with its watermen, and observing its long traditions and odd ways. What emerges is the poignant tale of a world that has, quite nearly, gone by-and a leading-edge report on the coming fate of countless coastal communities.

Author(s): Earl Swift
Genre: Travel, History, Sports
Original Publish Date: Aug 07, 2018


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Chesapeake Requiem
Product Number: BX00073425
Product Number:Z100132180
Product Number:DD38625

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Author(s): Earl Swift
Narrator(s): Tom Parks
Genre: History
Product Number DD38625
Released: Aug 07, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781538551844
Author(s): Earl Swift
Product Number EB00712124
Released: Aug 07, 2018
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Dey Street Books
ISBN: #9780062661418

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"The author's journalistic style and poetic eye for description combine with narrator Tom Parks's conversational tone to make this story about Virginia island life easy to listen to. Tangier Island, 12 miles off the Virginia coast, is home to a few hundred hardy souls who have one foot in the past--an economy based on commercial crabbing--and one in the present--a changing climate that could wipe out not only their livelihoods but also the island itself. The author, who has written extensively about Virginia and its people, spent a year on the island and recounts stories of the islanders' daily lives amid the many challenges they face. Parks wisely lets the text speak for itself. His tone perfectly matches the mood of the narrative. R.C.G. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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