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The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean (P.S.) Paperback – May 10, 2005
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Trevor's first book, The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean, began as a centerpiece article in the Atlantic that was included in the Best American Science Writing edited by Oliver Sacks. The Secret Life of Lobsters was a Barnes & Noble Discover Award winner and was named a Best Nature Book of the Year by USA Today and Discover and a Best Book of the Year by Time Out New York, and went on to become a worldwide bestseller in the popular-science category. As part of his research for the book, Trevor worked for two years as a full-time crew member on a Maine lobster boat.
Trevor's second book, The Story of Sushi: An Unlikely Saga of Raw Fish and Rice, was selected as an Editors' Choice by the New York Times Book Review; it was also named a Best Food Book of the Year by Zagat and the Best American Food Literature Book of the Year by the Gourmand Awards. To research the book, Trevor followed a group of apprentice American sushi chefs through their training and consulted previously untranslated Japanese sources.
Trevor began his career in writing as an editorial assistant at the Atlantic, and went on to serve for three years as the managing editor of the literary magazine Transition, published by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and K. Anthony Appiah at Harvard University. During Trevor's tenure at Transition, the magazine won three consecutive Alternative Press Awards for International Reporting and was nominated for a National Magazine Award in General Excellence.
Trevor is currently a teaching fellow in the writing program at Columbia University in New York City, where he serves on a curriculum development team and teaches writing classes in the core curriculum. He has been an adjunct professor at The New School, a faculty member at Brooklyn Friends School, and has taught writing workshops at the Key West Literary Seminar, the Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism at Harvard University, and the Universities of Memphis and Miami. He gives talks around the country and has worked as the only "sushi concierge" in the United States, hosting educational sushi dinners at the Michelin-starred Jewel Bako restaurant in New York City. Trevor has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, ABC World News with Charles Gibson, NPR's All Things Considered and Talk of the Nation, and Food Network's Iron Chef America, as well as numerous other television and radio programs.
For more information, please visit Trevor's website at http://www.TrevorCorson.com
Top Customer Reviews
Little Cranberry Island, just south of Mt. Desert Island and Acadia National Park in Maine, is a lobstering community with the perfect lobster habitat just off its coast, its lobstermen as concerned about preserving their livelihoods for the future as are scientists (many working for the government) about protecting the coast from "over-fishing." Until recently, however, the two groups had not pooled their knowledge, and scientists had not done enough on-site studies of how and where the lobsters live and breed and what constitutes the true threats to their continued existence. No one on either side really knew whether cyclical declines in the number of pounds caught were natural or induced by man.Read more ›
There are two main groups of human characters in Corson's book. One group is the lobstermen of Little Cranberry Island off the coast of Maine. These rugged men, many of whose families have been lobstering for generations, work incredibly hard and understand more about lobsters than just about anyone. They're also surprisingly complex folks, some of whom hold degrees in economics or marine biology or who dabble in painting.
The other group is the scientists who are dedicated to understanding lobster habitats and behavior in the hopes of swelling their population. These scientists alternate between skepticism of the lobstermen's own theories for ensuring a healthy lobster population and grudging respect for the lobstermen's time-tested methods. The scientists are a quirky bunch, too. One fellow plays a flute made out of a lobster claw, and one scientist becomes a waitress --- at a lobster restaurant --- because it's the only job that gives her enough flexibility to conduct her research.Read more ›
But the story is almost equally about the scientists who study the lobsters and their stories are fun and interesting too.
This book kept me turning the pages and chapters to find out more about the personalities under water and the guys on the surface.
This book sheds some fascinating facts and observations as well as a few funny stories. It even casues one to reflect on some "people-behavior" from a different perspective, as in some cases it is similar to the lobsters. Great stories and nice supporting web site.
Sorry I missed the author at my local favorite bookshop last summer. Will catch him in 05' at a nearby bookseller. Best book I read in quite some time.
That's why I picked up this book to read. It also happens that I love to read natural history, travel stories, and non fiction essays. "Secret Life of Lobsters" did not disappoint. Others have mentioned John McPhee, and this book certainly evokes his writing. It intertwines the lives of the fishermen, the ecology and behavior of lobsters, and the lives of the scientists who study the lobsters. It reads with the suspense and pull of a detective novel. My only criticism is that it does not follow a linear chronology and involves a myriad of characters; at time the threads become hard to follow.
Someone criticized this book for being pro-industry propaganda. I seriously disagree. Yes, the government scientists are portrayed as basing their decisions on prejudice and a lack of information. I personally spent 10 years in the government, 5 of them as an attorney for the Department of the Interior, and I think the portrayal of the government scientists is pretty accurate. I do think though that it's unlikely that all lobster fishermen are quite as thoughtful about conservation or as scrupulous as the protagonists in this book. Overall though I think this book is a great read, and if you like natural history books you will not be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book about Maine lobstering. Wonderful insight to a life few people know.Published 10 days ago by M. Seelye
One of the best books of nature writing. If you like nature and don't get around to reading this book the loss will be all yours.Published 25 days ago by IWilliam Stonehill
Fascinating. If you love lobster this is worth a read. You will appreciate your dinner MUCH more when you realize how complex their lives are.Published 3 months ago by M.Clifford
A little too much information about lobsters for my taste.Published 4 months ago by Belle Johnson Bohn
Though there is nothing here about queen lobsters (regrettably), I am giving this book a high ranking. The best I've read on the subject and highly readable. fun! in fact.Published 5 months ago by Ditch
This little gem was at times easy to read and fascinating. Some of the time it was fascinating but dragged on. Over all I loved the book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ollie Ray