The Last Fish Tale

The Last Fish Tale

by Mark Kurlansky


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"A marvelous, compelling tale"(Rocky Mountain News) from the New York Times bestselling author of Salt and Cod.

Gloucester, Massachusetts, America's oldest fishing port, is defined by the culture of commercial fishing. But the threat of over-fishing, combined with climate change and pollution, is endangering a way of life, not only in Gloucester but in coastal cities all over the world. And yet, according to Kurlansky, it doesn't have to be this way. Engagingly written and filled with rich history, delicious anecdotes, colorful characters, and local recipes, The Last Fish Tale is Kurlansky's most urgent story, "an engrossing multi-layered portrait of a fishing community that can be read for pure pleasure as well as being a campaigning plea for the environment" (Financial Times).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594483745
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/05/2009
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 762,775
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including The Food of a Younger Land, Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World; Salt: A World History; 1968: The Year That Rocked the World; and The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell. He lives in New York City.


New York, NY

Date of Birth:

December 7, 1948

Place of Birth:

Hartford, CT


Butler University, B.A. in Theater, 1970

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Chapter One

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Pole Walkers     xv
The First Gloucester Story     3
A Tale of Woe     19
The Island Named Gloucester     29
Scooning     35
The Replacements     60
Among the Rocks     90
This Gloire of Gloucester     106
While Gloucester Burns     124
The Fish Is in Us     141
The Sea and the Seaside     172
Surviving on the Mainland     219
Bibliography     247
Acknowledgments     255
Index     257

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"A heartfelt beautifully-written as the fondest and best-crafted eulogy."
-Boston Globe

"A colorful history of, varied, and satisfying, just like a good chowder."
-Entertainment Weekly

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