The Big One: an island, an obsession, and the furious pursuit of a great fish

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Atlantic Monthly Press,
Pub. Date:
[2009]
Language:
English
Description
Renowned for its pristine beaches and celebrity inhabitants, Martha’s Vineyard is one of the most exclusive destinations in America. But each September, after the tourists clear out, thousands of fishermen take back the beaches to compete in the Vineyard’s annual fishing derby, a monthlong contest that pits plumbers against investment bankers, schoolkids against senior citizens, and natives against newcomers in a round-the-clock hunt for a great fish. Island immortality is at stake, and history has proven that anyone can win it: teenage girls, dozing fishermen, complete amateurs. In The Big One, Pulitzer Prize?winning journalist David Kinney takes readers behind the scenes at the derby to chronicle thirty-five days of fish-addled hope and heartbreak. He captures all the action and introduces us to an eccentric gallery of characters that includes: Dick Hathaway, the crotchety legend who once caught a bluefish from a helicopter; Janet Messineo, a recovering alcoholic who says that striped bass saved her life; and Lev Wlodyka, a cagey local whose next fish will spark a storm of controversy and throw the tournament into turmoil. The Big One is a hugely entertaining story of passion and obsession that does for fishing what Friday Night Lights did for football.
More Details
ISBN:
9780802118905
Also in This Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID3d3fc083-78dc-d639-82c8-d0cd1d4124a6
Grouping Titlebig one an island an obsession and the furious pursuit of a great fish
Grouping Authorkinney david
Grouping Categorybook
Last Grouping Update2019-11-12 11:43:13AM
Last Indexed2019-11-13 04:44:51AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value0
accelerated_reader_reading_level0
authorKinney, David.
author_displayKinney, David
available_at_arlingtonCentral
collection_arlingtonAdult Nonfiction
detailed_location_arlingtonCentral Adult Nonfiction
display_descriptionThe Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby is a five-week fishing tournament, but that description doesn't really do it justice. The derby, which has been held annually since 1946, is no mere fishing contest. It is, depending on the participant, a quest, a near-religious event, a self-affirmation, or just a chance to prove you can catch the biggest fish. In this lively book, Kinney combines a first-person account of a single derby with a history of the tournament itself (and it's a distinctly checkered history, with allegations of corruption and conspiracy, not to mention a few notable fatalities). He focuses on the personalities involved: the participants in the derby, the organizers, and the residents of Martha's Vineyard, who for five weeks every year see their island turned into what amounts to a staging area for a sea battle.
format_arlingtonBook
format_category_arlingtonBooks
id3d3fc083-78dc-d639-82c8-d0cd1d4124a6
isbn9780802118905
item_details
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
ils:.b13033360.i13976503Central Adult Nonfiction799.1 KINNE1falsefalseOn ShelfFeb 26, 2019can
itype_arlingtonHardback
last_indexed2019-11-13T09:44:51.882Z
lexile_score-1
literary_formNon Fiction
literary_form_fullNon Fiction
local_callnumber_arlington799.1 KINNE
owning_library_arlingtonArlington Public Library
Aurora Hills
Central
Cherrydale
Columbia Pike
Connection Crystal City
Detention Center
Glencarlyn
Local History
Plaza
Shirlington
Westover
owning_location_arlingtonCentral
primary_isbn9780802118905
publishDate2009
record_details
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
ils:.b13033360BookBooksEnglishAtlantic Monthly Press, [2009]276 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
recordtypegrouped_work
scoping_details_arlington
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:.b13033360.i13976503On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue9999
subject_facetFishing
title_displayThe Big One : an island, an obsession, and the furious pursuit of a great fish
title_fullThe Big One : an island, an obsession, and the furious pursuit of a great fish / David Kinney
title_shortThe Big One
title_suban island, an obsession, and the furious pursuit of a great fish