Gary Susman
June 06, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Last Fish Tale

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Mark Kurlansky
publisher
Ballantine
genre
Science and Technology, Nonfiction

We gave it an A-

The Perfect Storm revealed the dangers nature poses to fishermen from Gloucester, Mass., but what about man-made menaces? Pollution, global warming, and overfishing threaten to wipe out not just our supply of fish sticks but also the four-centuries-old way of life in America’s most fabled fishing port. Mark Kurlansky, author of such seafood-‘n’-sociology tomes as Cod and The Big Oyster, offers a colorful history of Gloucester (including heirloom recipes) and a straightforward explanation of the looming ecological disaster and its possible remedies in. The Last Fish Tale is rich, varied, and satisfying, just like a good chowder. A-

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