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Chesapeake requiem : a year with the watermen of vanishing Tangier Island / Earl Swift.

Swift, Earl, 1958- (author.).
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Available copies

  • 7 of 9 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

Current holds

2 current holds with 9 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Clinton PL - Clinton 639.5609 SWI (Text) 36806002089504 NEW ITEMS Available -
Danville-Center Twp PL - Danville 639 Swi (Text) 32604000205308 DCTPLD AD New Books Available -
Lincoln Heritage PL - Dale Main Library NEW 639 SWI (Text) 70743000164746 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Pike Co PL - Petersburg Main Library 639.56 SWIF (Text) 38650833416421 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Plainfield-Guilford Twp PL - Plainfield 639.5609 Swift (Text) 31208912591205 new non-fiction Checked out 11/30/2018
Shelby Co PL - Shelbyville Main Library 639 SWI (Text) 78731000509051 New NF Available -
Spencer Co PL - Rockport Main Library 639 SWI (Text) 70741000151599 Adult Non Fiction Available -
Whiting PL - Whiting 639.56 SW54 (Text) 51735011895371 Adult department Available -
Zionsville PL - Hussey-Mayfield Memorial 639.56 SWIFT (Text) 33946003380099 New Books . 2nd Floor Checked out 11/19/2018

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780062661395
  • ISBN: 0062661396
  • ISBN: 9780062661401
  • ISBN: 006266140X
  • Physical Description: 434 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, [2018]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
And every island fled away -- The Lord tells the water -- Eyeing the end times -- A people anointed -- The sea is come up.
Summary, etc.:
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.
Subject: Crabbing > Virginia > Tangier Island > Pictorial works.
Blue crab > Virginia > Tangier Island > Pictorial works.
Tangier Island (Va.)
HISTORY > United States > State & Local > Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)
NATURE > Ecosystems & Habitats > Coastal Regions & Shorelines.
TRAVEL > United States > South > South Atlantic (DC, DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV)
Genre: Illustrated works.

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