Maryland Blogger: Book Recommendation: Chesapeake Requiem by Earl Swift

Book Recommendation: Chesapeake Requiem by Earl Swift

Book Recommendation: Chesapeake Requiem by Earl Swift

 

Chesapeake Requiem: A Year With The Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island (2018) provides a portrait of Tangier Island, Virginia, in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, and a close look at the history and the uncertain future of the island. The author, Earl Swift, spent a year getting to know the watermen and their families to provide this story. Click on the links to learn more about the author and his books. I enjoyed this book and recommend it for your reading list.

 

Earl Swift

 

Books by Earl Swift

 

Washington Post Review of Chesapeake Requiem

 

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

"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 from rising sea levels—part natural history of an extraordinary ecosystem, starring the beloved blue crab; part paean to a vanishing way of life; and part meditation on man’s relationship with the environment—from the acclaimed author, who reported this story for more than two years

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."

 

 

 

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Comment balloon 17 commentsRoy Kelley • January 07 2019 12:01AM

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Thanks for the recommendation, Roy.  I will be adding this book to my list.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 7 months ago

Gabe Sanders 

This is an especially a good read for everyone living or planning to live in coastal communities. 

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 7 months ago

Good morning Roy. You are a reading machine and an AR participating machine. Congrats! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 7 months ago

Thank you for the book recommendation. I will look for it in the library 

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 7 months ago

Sounds like a good read especially for those in the Chesapeake area who are interested in the history.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 7 months ago

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 7 months ago

Wayne Martin 

You wanted a non-fiction selection. This one is for you.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 7 months ago

Myrl Jeffcoat 

If you will read this book, you will learn much about those crabs you enjoy.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 7 months ago

Roy, another author I have not heard of, but wrote down.   Love books about water and islands.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 7 months ago

Hi Roy,
Always appreciate your recommendations.  I downloaded the Audible version of The Great Alone (on your suggestion) to listen to in the car on my road trip this coming weekend.

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) 7 months ago

Carol Williams 

I hope you enjoy The Great Alone. We read the book rather than listening to the Audible version. 

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 7 months ago

Joan Cox 

Click on the links to learn much more about the author and this book. This might be the most interesting book you will read this month. 

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 7 months ago

Roy Kelley - Based on the summary and your recommendation, I feel confident I would enjoy reading this book. Also, it sounds like the kind of book that once you get started, it is hard to put down.

May you have a great and wonderful day!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 7 months ago

Roy,

From your description and excerpt, this is an interesting read.  Wishing you a great rest of the week.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 7 months ago

Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

Click on the link for the Washington Post Review for more details. This is definitely an interesting read from many perspectives.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 7 months ago

Roy,

I appreciate your pointing out the link for the Washington Post review, and I will do that.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 7 months ago
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