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An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas Paperback – September 15, 2006
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More About the Author
Her work on behalf of the people and aquatic life of Seadrift, Texas, has won her a number of awards including: National Fisherman Magazine Award, Mother Jones's Hell Raiser of the Month, Louis Gibbs' Environmental Lifetime Award, Louisiana Environmental Action (LEAN) Environmental Award, Giraffe Project, Jenifer Altman Award, and the Bioneers Award. She is co-founder of Code Pink and continues to lead the fight for social justice.
An Unreasonable Woman is Diane's first book.
Top Customer Reviews
Boy was I mistaken! Wilson's writing is colloquial, almost chit-chatty. While sometimes this tone can produce poor writing, in Wilson's case it simply draws us into her personality, sharing details completely relavant to her transformation from a shrimp-farmer to an anti-corporation environmental activist.
This book inspires interest not only in Wilson's personal story, but in the broader context of industrial pollution, corporate whistle-blowers, and how activism can really make a difference.
Wilson had me rooting for her side from page one of this book, and her writing had me enthralled by the end. I highly recommend this book to anyone, even if you are not interested at first glance.
Diane has an uncanny talent as a storyteller. This is so much more than what I expected, I would highly encourage anyone to read it, it's engrossing, incredibly written and one of the best books I've read this year.
In this true life story, which represents yet another publishing coup by Vermont independent Chelsea Green Press ([...]), Diane Wilson - working class shrimp boat captain and mother of five - recounts the often-harrowing account of her five year fight to hold corporate polluter Formosa Plastics to a "zero emissions" policy for their insidious (but all too typical) waste disposal methods in Wilson's town of Sea Drift, Texas.
And get this.
How she defeated the machinations of one of the world' largest and most powerful industrial polluters is the subject of the book, which also offers honest insights into life in a southern seaside working class community from a woman's point of view, a community that I never knew existed (though the EPA ranks it as one of the most polluted counties in the country).
And who out there knows women can captain shrimp boats? Or understands that women actually can play characters other than vamps or victims? I've read books populated with women all my life, but until this real life story, I've never met a woman like Diane Wilson. In a literary world dripping with testosterone, car chases, and gun play, Wilson is no shrinking violet, no damsel in distress.
Exactly the opposite. She intuits her way through what becomes one of the most courageous struggles for justice I've read in a long while, challenging corporate control over our economic and political life with grit, good humor, and vernacular insights that, while uneven in some places, made me laugh and cry and cheer and buy copies of this book for friends and family.Read more ›
One is the language. Ms. Wilson writes as she speaks, as the people of the coast speak. As I spoke for many years. Most people would only see this kind of talk in William Faulkner's writing. He didn't make this form of English up. Thank you Mr. Publisher for not converting it to standard English. This gives a feeling that Ms. Wilson is actually writing this.
Second, is the story itself. This is what it takes, unfortunately, to get our Government to do what it is supposed to be doing. The encouraging point is that this is what one individual, one person can do to make matters better. Ms. Wilson has learned what one person can do. It takes courage, it takes persistence, and it takes a stick through to the end, a dedication that isn't common.
Thank you Ms. Wilson, we need more like you.
I might mention that if you do a Google search on Seadrift, Texas, you get a lot of web sites. None of them mention the polution problems from all the chemical companies.
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If you're interested in an exceptional first-person account of fighting big business, this is the book for you. Read morePublished 6 months ago by T. H. Snell
An inspiring story told by a feisty woman in her own voice. It is wonderful to see how she grows through her struggles and how her commitment deepens as time goes on. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Harlene
The whole issue was interesting and the story flowed pretty well until the last third of the book. Then it got tiresome and hard to follow. It needs a lot more editing.Published 20 months ago by Janet Burd
well written. great story. should be required reading for students, particularly Texans. ms wilson is an inspiration
to us all.
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Very good story of this woman's struggle, got kind of slow in parts, but overall was good. She is not the best writer.Published on January 29, 2013 by Candy Driver-Ratigan
I needed this book for a class in government. It was a great book, and it really opened my eyes to the issues that it uncovered. Read morePublished on April 15, 2012 by nlyoung
I got this book as a free Kindle download and set out to read it not expecting much. I was extremely pleased with it, though, the more and more I read. Read morePublished on October 9, 2011 by Elaine B.
I had heard good things about this book, and it lived up to its reputation. This is an autobiography of an amazing woman - a role model for all people who are concerned about the... Read morePublished on September 23, 2011 by Jenni Legate