Books on Fish and Fishing on “The Point”

Today’s program on The Point (7/31/19) was all about books on fish and fishing.  Host Mindy Todd and Falmouth Public Library reference librarian Jill Erickson chatted with guest Dennis Minsky.  Does this sound a little familiar?  If it does, you are not mistaken!  The show originally aired in January, 2019 – this was a rebroadcast during WCAI’s fund-drive week.   Here is the blog Jill posted about it back in January.  If you missed it, you can still listen online at WCAI.  While you’re there, remember to make a donation! 


This morning we had the great pleasure of having Dennis Minsky back in the studio to talk about books. Our topic was books about fish and fishing. Our apologies that the show could not be live this month, due to my schedule, but please leave us a comment with any fish book you love that you would like us to add to the list. If you missed the show, you can listen online via WCAI!

Mindy’s Pick

I’ve Never Met an Idiot on the River: reflections of family, photography, and fly-fishing by Henry Winkler

Dennis’s Picks

Fishing Around Nantucket by J. Clinton Andrews

The Hungry Ocean: a swordboat captain’s journey by Linda Greenlaw

Four Fish: the future of the last wild food by Paul Greenberg

The Run by John Hay

The Most Important Fish in the Sea: menhaden and America by H. Bruce Franklin

The Provincetown Seafood Cookbook by Howard Mitcham

American Seafood: heritage, culture & cookery from sea to shining sea by Barton Seaver

Consider the Eel by Richard Schweid

The Founding Fish by John McPhee

Jill’s Picks

“The Fish” by Mary Oliver in New and Selected Poems by Mary Oliver

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

The Shining Tides by Win Brooks

A River Runs Through It and Other Stories by Norman Maclean

The Compleat Angler or The Contemplative Man’s Recreation by Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton

My Moby Dick by William Humphrey

A Jerk on One End: reflections of a mediocre fisherman by Robert Hughes

Blues by John Hersey

Listener Picks

Even though we weren’t live for the fishing show, we got lots of books suggestions after the show! Here’s the list …

The Finest Kind : the fishermen of Gloucester by Kim Bartlett

Vermont River by WD Wetherell

Cod: a biography of the fish that changed the world by Mark Kurlansky

Beautiful Swimmers : watermen, crabs, and the Chesapeake Bay by William Warner

The River Why by David James Duncan

The Longest Silence: a life in fishing by Thomas McGuane

Reading the Water: adventures in surf fishing on Martha’s Vineyard by Bob Post

Men’s Lives: the surfman and baymen of the South Fork by Peter Matthiessen

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