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Skipjack: The Story of America's Last Sailing Oystermen

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  • Posted December 3, 2009

    Beautiful Writing

    Chris White infuses Skipjack: The Story of the Last Sailing Oystermen with the cadence and the observation of a poet. He captures the patois of the Chesapeake Bay islanders woven into the narrative as he tells the story of a dying way of life. The tough and courageous watermen and their families face the extinction of their centuries old heritage, and White speaks with poignancy to this loss. He is a gifted writer, leaving us heartbroken at the end and wishing for more stories of these very real people of Tilghman and Deal Island.

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  • Posted January 11, 2010

    Get your oilskins on and don't be late.

    "Skipjack", by Christopher White, is an inspired piece of first person, historical prose. I felt as if I were perched on his shoulder through every wave and squall of this captivating exploration of a cultural industry in decline. Not since the days of Joshua Slocum and Richard Henry Dana Jr. has their been such lyricism married with the bleak realities of working sea life, on and off shore. White goes a step further making "Skipjack", into a passionate plea not only for the survival of a way of life, which literally feeds our own, but for the men and women who live it. Rarely, have I read of others plight, while simultaneously being educated and empowered to help change it. "Skipjack", breaks the environmental mold, by giving the reader a more practical insight, not just a dark tunnel toward the end of an era. "Skipjack", is a light, if we choose to follow it, toward the preservation and continuance of a global, cultural cornerstone in human existence. If ever you have had fancy with the sea or those who work it, you must read this book..

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  • Posted January 6, 2010

    A joy to read!

    "Skipjack" is informative about the end of an era and is beautifully written - a page turner. I was on the edge of my chair reading about the drama of sailing mishaps while captains dredged for oysters during stormy weather. Often I laughed out loud about incidents on quaint Tilghman's Island where the skipjacks are moored. A well-told tale with wonderful incite into the stamina and bravery of the skipjack captains.

    Dorothy Sherwood

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