"Deadliest Sea" and "Birdology"
and "Market Day"
Summer reading specials - - all different, all
carefully crafted, all books that belong before your eyes this
"The Deadliest Sea" by Kalee Thompson (Morrow,
$25.99, 309 pages) is a true page turner. Riveting, filled with
excruciating details, buttressed by painstaking research and a feel
for the subject matter this is definitely one of your books for
summer reading 2010.
The time was Easter morning, March 23, 2008. The
place was the freezing Bering Sea. The predicament the fishing
trawler Alaska Ranger started to take on water. The ship was beyond
100 miles from the closest land.
The United States Coast Guard had one of its finest
moments - - saving 42 of 47 crew members out of the frigid waters.
Rescue teams fought gale force winds, darkness, 20-foot-seas and
gale force winds. The book is a harrowing and brilliantly told tale
of sacrifice and survival.
"Birdology" by Sy Montgomery (Free Press,$25.00, 272
pages) is a humdinger of a book all about our feathered friends -
-birds like hens, pigeons, crows, falcons, hummingbirds, etc.
Written with verve, with expertise aplenty, with heart and a poet's
sensibility, the writer who lives in new Hampshire like the
reviewers, struts her stuff and we are all the better for it.
Sy Montgomery writes with a sense of wonder and shows
her true feelings and knowledge in page after page of this wonderful
tome that is a consciousness raising behind the scenes look at some
of our feathered friends. MUST READ
"MARKET DAY" by James Sturm (Drawn&Quarterly, $21.95,
96 pages, wonderfully illustrated) is one of those books that thumb
through and decide it will remain for a long time on your bookshelf
after you read it. In words and pictures, like one long and lavishly
and lovingly executed comic strip, James Sturm takes the reader back
to Europe in the early 1900s. We meet carpet maker Mendleman whose
wife is expecting. We are there through Mendleman's trials and
tribulations as wherever he goes he is low balled in price for his
carefully crafted carpets.
The book depicts a world at crossroads between
artisan made goods and mass produced products on the brink of the Industrial
Revolution products. Pathos and pity intermingle in this home run of
a book. MUST OWN.
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