The Outermost House: Henry Beston
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I adore 'The Outermost House' by Henry Beston. It led me to visit Cape Cod and explore the environment at the National Seashore, which was stunning (especially offseason with few tourists)
I would like to read more books in a similar vein, focused on the coast and or/ocean, truly inspiring books as this one is. I'd like some suggestions. I tried reading 'Under the Sea Wind' by Rachel Carson which I could not connect with, I also have 'Journey to the Outermost House' by Nan Turner Waldron, and 'Cape Cod' by Thoreau. I've seen some bad reviews of 'The House on Nauset Marsh' by Wyman Richardson so I have passed that up for now.
A couple more would be, maybe, Voyage of the Sanderling, by Roger D. Stone. Stone takes a small boat from Maine to South America commenting on the coast's environmental quality along the way.
Another one, even better, would be Jonathan Raban's, Passage to Juneau, all about taking his small boat from Seattle to Alaska via the Inside Passage. It's full of stuff about Indian mythology and art, waves and totem poles, and Capt Vancouver, one of the first Europeans to see the area. I once thought the Inside Passage was a relatively safe area for boats, but I guess not; it's full of whirlpools, tree snags, etc. A very difficult voyage for a one-man boat.
Specific to the locale you name would be Michael Cunningham's A Walk in Provincetown. I also liked George Cowe Holt's The Big House. A bit further afield is John Gimlette's Theatre of Fish: Travels in New foundland and Labrador. Nice photography in Robert Ketchum's Rivers of Life: Southwest Alaska. See also Marq de Villiers's Sable Island. History of Maine coast is Colin Woodard's The Lobster Coast. A history specific to the oysters of New York City's harbors is Mark Kurlansky's The Big Oyster. INterior Alaska canoe tripping: Dan O'Neill's A Land Gone Lonseome: Inland Voyage along the Yukon. Biography of Monterey cannery row doc turned marine biologist is good: Eric Tamm's Beyond the Outer Shores. These should get you started...
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