Maritime, Marine Life & Mermaids on The Point!

This morning on The Point on WCAI we talked about all kinds of maritime books. We once again had the great pleasure of having Dennis Minsky join us this morning, and I know my reading list once again got a lot longer listening to him! 

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Some links about selkies:

The Secret of Roan Irish (1994) Directed by John Sayles

The Ballad of the White Seal Maid” music by Lui Collins & lyrics by Jane Yolan

If YOU have a favorite book about selkies, let me know at

Dennis’ Picks

Once Removed: poems by Elizabeth Bradford

The Gray Curtain: the impact of seals, sharks & commercial fishing on the Northeast Coast by Peter Trull

Nautical Twilight: the story of a Cape Cod fishing family by J. J. Dutra

The Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck

Cod: a biography of the fish that changed the worldby Mark Kurlansky

Consider the Eel by Richard Schweid

The Sea Inside by Philip Hoare

The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson

Jill’s Picks

Dream Work by Mary Oliver (poems read on air Clamming & Starfish)

The Selkie Girl retold by Susan Cooper, illustrated by Warwick Hutton

The People of the Sea: a journey in search of the seal legend by David Thomson with an introduction by Seamus Heaney

Weeki Wachee: city of mermaids, a history of one of Florida’s oldest roadside attractions Text by Lu Vickers / Story research and photograph compilation by Sara Dionne

The Cape Cod Cook Book by Suzanne Cary Gruver

North: the new Nordic cuisine of Iceland by Gunnar Karl Gíslason & Jody Eddy

An Exaltation of Larks: the ultimate edition by James Lipton. You can always find the non-ultimate edition at the Reference Desk!

A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife: marine mammals, seabirds, fish, and other sea life by Noble S. Proctor and Patrick J. Lynch, illustrated by Patrick J. Lynch

Cape Cod Magazine

“Where Scientists Study Sea Life: Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole Scene of Most Unusual Research” by William F. Furbush January 15, 1928, p. 13

“On Eating Whale Meat” by David MacGregor Cheny June 15, 1926, p. 11

“Sleuthing Slippery Mackerel at Woods Hole: scientists hope to locate winter resort of these most exclusive fishes” by Katharine Crosby August 1, 1926, p. 15

“What We Eat on Cape Cod” by Amy L. Handy July 15, 1926, p. 9

Listener Picks

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

Good books for kids:

Burt Dow Deep-Water Man by Robert McCloskey

Down, Down, Down: a journey to the bottom of the sea book by Steve Jenkins

The Deep by Claire Nouvian

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