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Fish Stories

OK, there is a whale, a squid and a few shellfish in here as well as fish. For additional titles, browse the catalog under Fishing stories and Sea Stories. For children's books, browse under Fishing Fiction.

 
Corson, Trevor
The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean
QL444.M33 C675 2004
This is a portrait of the Maine lobstering community of Little Cranberry Island and how these lobstermen and biologists disagree on the best way to halt the disappearance of Maine lobsters.
 
Flanagan, Richard
Gould's Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish
"Once upon a time, when the earth was still young, before all the fish in the sea and all the living things on land began to be destroyed, a man named William Buelow Gould was sentenced to life imprisonment at the Sarah Island penal colony of Van Diemen's Land - now Tasmania. A talented phony and art forger, Gould was enlisted by the prison doctor Lempriere to get him into the Royal Society by painting a book of fish."
 
Greenlaw, Linda
All Fishermen Are Liars: True Tales from the Dry Dock Bar
SH457.G63 2004
Linda Greenlaw, commercial fisherwoman, meets up with a fellow fisherman at the Dry Dock Bar in Portland, Maine, and they begin to trade yarns. Greenlaw has also written The Hungry Ocean and The Lobster Chronicles.
 
Hemingway, Ernest
The Old Man and the Sea
Hemingway tells the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck--he hasn't caught a fish in 84 days--who goes out in his small skiff one more time. This time he hooks a huge marlin. This novella was made into two movies, a 1958 movie staring Spencer Tracy and a 1990 TV production starring Anthony Quinn (also available as a downloadable video).
 
Kurlansky, Mark
Cod: a Biography of the Fish that Changed the World
PN6071.C66 K87 1997
Cod is the reason Europeans set sail across the Atlantic and it is the only reason they could. Also available also as a downloadable ebook. Other seafood books by Kurlansky include The Big Oyster and The Last Fish Tale.
 
MacLean, Norman
A River Runs Through It and Other Stories
A retired English professor who began writing fiction at the age of 70, Maclean produced what is now recognized as one of the classic American stories of the twentieth century. The novella was made into the 1992 movie A River Runs Through It starring Brad Pitt.
 
McPhee, John
The Founding Fish
QL638.C64 M4 2002
McPhee, staff writer for the New Yorker and a Pulitzer Prize winner, writes about shad, prized from colonial times. McPhee describes the history of American fishing for shad, recent studies and research on the fish, and his observations on fishing and cooking shad and its roe.
 
Melville, Herman
Moby Dick, or, The Whale
First published in 1851, Melville's masterpiece is one of the greatest novels in American literature. The saga of Captain Ahab and his monomaniacal pursuit of the white whale remains a peerless adventure story but it also paints a detailed portrait of the 19th century whaling industry. It has been made into two movies starring Gregory Peck.
 
Verne, Jules
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
The classic tale of a French professor and his two companions as they sail the world's oceans as prisoners on the fabulous electric submarine of the deranged Captain Nemo, and their encounter with a giant squid.
 
Warner, William W.
Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay
SH380.45.U5 W37
William Warner exhibits his skill as a naturalist and as a writer in this Pulitzer Prize-winning study of the pugnacious Atlantic blue crab and of its Chesapeake Bay territory.