Annotation:One-of-a-kind gorgeous, if disturbing, book. Explores the relationship between humans and the ocean in a contemporary culture of consumption, offers an international perspective on a pressing environmental problem.
Annotation:Freight shipping is almost completely invisible to the average person, but to whom is that an advantage? The author sails from Rotterdam to Suez to Singapore to present an eye-opening glimpse into an overlooked world filled with suspect practices, dubious operators, and pirates.
Annotation:Some of you probably heard Ebbesmeyer speak at Powell's when this book came out a few years ago. If you did, I'm sure you liked him. He's the marine biologist grandpa I never had. What was his first job out of college? Working for the oil industry. Bet he has a theory on where all that oil went from the BP disaster, and I'll bet it's not at all where we thought.
Annotation:Ever walked an Oregon beach and found a piece of something, natural or unnatural? Yeah, me too. Read this book. It was my favorite of 2008. And the author is an Oregonian, so you're also reading local.
Annotation:Sometimes the seemingly simplest questions can be real buggers. When Hohn starts investigating some spilled rubber duckies, he ends up learning about the secretive world of shipping conglomerates, the daring work of Arctic researchers, the lunatic risks of maverick sailors, and the shadowy world of Chinese toy factories.
Annotation:From the brilliant 'Scientists in the Field' series, this is one of the best books I've seen on the subject. Written for grades 5-9, this makes it perfect for interested adults who don't want 500 pages, but just a fascinating waist-deep dip in the surf. Tons of color photos, and very well written. I give it an A+.
Annotation:That must've been weird. Imagine taking a shortcut in your sailboat after a long race and suddenly you're sailing through a plastic soup. One of my favorite and trusted book review sources describes this as 'gonzo science at its best.' My kinda book. Color photos.
Annotation:What's it like to crew on a merchant ship? How dangerous is it? What's the work like? My man McPhee goes along for the 42-day ride with a second mate on the S.S. Stella Lykes and hears the many stories of disaster, stupidity, greed, generosity and courage.
Annotation:Surfer/author Andy Hughes explores the garbage washed up on the shores he frequents in surprisingly lush photographs. Can the cast-offs of our society become art? For sure. Are we noticing? That is the question.
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