Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island

Book Cover
Average Rating
Author:
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Pub. Date:
2018
Language:
English
Description

A brilliant, soulful, and timely portrait of a two-hundred-year-old crabbing community in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay as it faces extinction

"BEAUTIFUL, HAUNTING AND TRUE." — Hampton Sides •  “GORGEOUS. A TRULY REMARKABLE BOOK.” — Beth Macy • "GRIPPING. FANTASTIC." — Outside • "CAPTIVATING." — Washington Post • "POWERFUL." — Bill McKibben • "VIVID. HARROWING AND MOVING." — Science • "WONDERFUL, POETIC, STIRRING." — Callum Roberts • "A MASTERFUL NARRATIVE." — Christian Science Monitor

A Washington Post bestseller! • An Indie Next List selection • An Amazon and Christian Science Monitor "Best Book of the Month" • One of Esquire's "Best Nonfiction Books of 2018 (So Far)" and Outside's “Best New Adventure Books for Fall”  • An NPR All Things Considered "Summer Reading List" and Axios "Book Club" pick

Tangier Island, Virginia, is a community unique on the American landscape. Mapped by John Smith in 1608, settled during the American Revolution, the tiny sliver of mud is home to 470 hardy people who live an isolated and challenging existence, with one foot in the 21st century and another in times long passed. They are separated from their countrymen by the nation’s largest estuary, and a twelve-mile boat trip across often tempestuous water—the same water that for generations has made Tangier’s fleet of small fishing boats a chief source for the rightly prized Chesapeake Bay blue crab, and has lent the island its claim to fame as the softshell crab capital of the world.

Yet for all of its long history, and despite its tenacity, Tangier is disappearing. The very water that has long sustained it is erasing the island day by day, wave by wave. It has lost two-thirds of its land since 1850, and still its shoreline retreats by fifteen feet a year—meaning this storied place will likely succumb first among U.S. towns to the effects of climate change. Experts reckon that, barring heroic intervention by the federal government, islanders could be forced to abandon their home within twenty-five years. Meanwhile, the graves of their forebears are being sprung open by encroaching tides, and the conservative and deeply religious Tangiermen ponder the end times.   

Chesapeake Requiem is an intimate look at the island’s past, present and tenuous future, by an acclaimed journalist who spent much of the past two years living among Tangier’s people, crabbing and oystering with its watermen, and observing its long traditions and odd ways. What emerges is the poignant tale of a world that has, quite nearly, gone by—and a leading-edge report on the coming fate of countless coastal communities.

More Details
ISBN:
9780062858245
9780062661418
Also in This Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 3169913f-bf64-8600-4774-0f12b0a00542
Grouping Title chesapeake requiem a year with the watermen of vanishing tangier island
Grouping Author swift earl
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2018-10-23 04:48:27AM
Last Indexed 2018-10-23 04:57:52AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Earl Swift
author_display Earl Swift
display_description

A brilliant, soulful, and timely portrait of a two-hundred-year-old crabbing community in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay as it faces extinction

"BEAUTIFUL, HAUNTING AND TRUE." — Hampton Sides • "GORGEOUS. A TRULY REMARKABLE BOOK." — Beth Macy • "GRIPPING. FANTASTIC." — Outside • "CAPTIVATING." — Washington Post • "POWERFUL." — Bill McKibben • "VIVID. HARROWING AND MOVING." — Science • "WONDERFUL, POETIC, STIRRING." — Callum Roberts • "A MASTERFUL NARRATIVE." — Christian Science Monitor

A Washington Post bestseller! • An Indie Next List selection • An Amazon and Christian Science Monitor "Best Book of the Month" • One of Esquire's "Best Nonfiction Books of 2018 (So Far)" and Outside's "Best New Adventure Books for Fall" • An NPR All Things Considered "Summer Reading List" and Axios "Book Club" pick

Tangier Island, Virginia, is a community unique on the American landscape. Mapped by John Smith in 1608, settled during the American Revolution, the tiny sliver of mud is home to 470 hardy people who live an isolated and challenging existence, with one foot in the 21st century and another in times long passed. They are separated from their countrymen by the nation's largest estuary, and a twelve-mile boat trip across often tempestuous water—the same water that for generations has made Tangier's fleet of small fishing boats a chief source for the rightly prized Chesapeake Bay blue crab, and has lent the island its claim to fame as the softshell crab capital of the world.

Yet for all of its long history, and despite its tenacity, Tangier is disappearing. The very water that has long sustained it is erasing the island day by day, wave by wave. It has lost two-thirds of its land since 1850, and still its shoreline retreats by fifteen feet a year—meaning this storied place will likely succumb first among U.S. towns to the effects of climate change. Experts reckon that, barring heroic intervention by the federal government, islanders could be forced to abandon their home within twenty-five years. Meanwhile, the graves of their forebears are being sprung open by encroaching tides, and the conservative and deeply religious Tangiermen ponder the end times.

Chesapeake Requiem is an intimate look at the island's past, present and tenuous future, by an acclaimed journalist who spent much of the past two years living among Tangier's people, crabbing and oystering with its watermen, and observing its long traditions and odd ways. What emerges is the poignant tale of a world that has, quite nearly, gone by—and a leading-edge report on the coming fate of countless coastal communities.

format_arlington eAudiobook, eBook
format_category_arlington Audio Books, eBook
id 3169913f-bf64-8600-4774-0f12b0a00542
isbn 9780062661418, 9780062858245
item_details overdrive:4cec6209-2c41-4365-995d-03fdf66d53cd|-1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eAudiobook|Audio Books|2|false|true|OverDrive|||OverDrive MP3 Audiobook,OverDrive Listen|Checked Out||||, overdrive:ae4ca48f-fa20-4a53-a35e-219e50957c57|-1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eBook|eBook|3|false|true|OverDrive|||Adobe EPUB eBook,Kindle Book,OverDrive Read|Checked Out||||
itype_arlington
last_indexed 2018-10-23T08:57:52.39Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_arlington Online OverDrive
primary_isbn 9780062858245
publishDate 2018
record_details overdrive:4cec6209-2c41-4365-995d-03fdf66d53cd|eAudiobook|Audio Books||English|HarperCollins|2018|, overdrive:ae4ca48f-fa20-4a53-a35e-219e50957c57|eBook|eBook||English|HarperCollins|2018|
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_arlington
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
overdrive:ae4ca48f-fa20-4a53-a35e-219e50957c57 -1 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false false
overdrive:4cec6209-2c41-4365-995d-03fdf66d53cd -1 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false false
title_display Chesapeake Requiem
title_full Chesapeake Requiem A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island
title_short Chesapeake Requiem
title_sub A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island
topic_facet History, Nature, Nonfiction, Sports & Recreations, Travel