Chesapeake Requiem by Earl Swift audiobook

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

By Earl Swift
Read by Tom Parks

HarperAudio, It Books 9780062661395

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781538551844

  • ISBN: 9781538551837

  • ISBN: 9781538551851

Runtime: 12.85 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

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.

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: Washington Post, NPR, Outside, Smithsonian, Popular Science, Bloomberg, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Review of Books, Science Friday, and Kirkus 

"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 • "A MASTERFUL NARRATIVE." — Christian Science Monitor  "THE BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR."  — Stephen L. Carter/Bloomberg

Washington Post bestseller • An Indie Next List selection •An NPR All Things Considered 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A moving account of a vanishing place, sure to satisfy anyone concerned with climate change, environmental issues, and anthropology.” Library Journal
“A graceful melding of history, nature writing, and perceptive cultural commentary…A well-rendered narrative about how one specific island’s fate stands as a warning for all coastal regions.” Kirkus Reviews
“This is a powerful book. We need a replacement for the tired ‘canaries in a coal mine,’ and sadly ‘fishermen on Tangier Island’ will probably do. Fascinating people, clinging loyally to a fascinating and lovely place, even as the waters rise—Earl Swift’s Chesapeake Requiem is a tale of our time, movingly told. Perhaps it will inspire some of us living safe on higher ground to more action on behalf of those at risk.” Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature
“Wonderful, poetic, stirring writing. This lovely book is an elegy to a disappearing way of life and a rumination on the coming global upheaval from climate-change-driven sealevel rise. The story of Tangier Island, so beautifully described by Earl Swift, will soon be repeated in a place near you.” Callum Roberts, marine conservation biologist and author of The Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea

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Author

Author Bio: Earl Swift

Author Bio: Earl Swift

Journalist Earl Swift has written five books, including The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways (2011). Since 2012 he has been a residential fellow of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities at the University of Virginia.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 12.85
Audience: Adult
Language: English