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Monday, August 28, 2023

TTT: Recent water-related reads

Top Ten Tuesday: Recent water-related reads. 

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See. // The women at the center of this story live on the Korean Island of Jeju, in the East China Sea. They join collectives and dive for seafood and other delicacies without using air tanks.

Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout. // Lucy and her ex decide to leave New York City at the beginning of the COVID pandemic. They move to Maine and sequester alone together in a little community by the sea (the Atlantic Ocean.)

The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder by David Grann. // The shipwreck occurs off the Patagonian Coast of Chile in the Pacific Ocean.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid. // The four siblings in the story love to surf and they often do so on the beach down from their home in Malibu, California on the Pacific Ocean.

Island Home by Tim Winton. // This memoir is about the author's home, Australia, most are set where he lives in Western Australia on the Indian Ocean.

Starfish by Lisa Fipps.// The main character, an overweight, bullied, young teenager finds comfort and solace in the family swimming pool.

A Swim in the Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life by George Saunders. // Saunders uses seven stories by Russian authors as his examples. In one of them, "Gooseberries" by Chekhov, a character goes for a swim in the rain in a pond outside the manor house. 

The Soul of An Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery. // The author's introduction to octopuses begins at the Boston Aquarium and includes a dive to see these creatures in the wild in the Gulf of Mexico. The author also visits the Seattle Aquarium and talks about some of the biggest octopuses in the world which live in the waters of the Puget Sound.

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson. // The main character is born on an unnamed Caribbean island (but it is modeled after Jamaica). She becomes a strong open water swimmer in the Caribbean Sea.
African Town by Irene Latham and Charles Waters. // This is the story of the people aboard the last slave ship illegally transporting slaves to America in 1860. The humans were kidnapped from their homes in Nigeria, transported across the Atlantic Ocean and then hidden aboard their ship in the swampland of the Alabama River evading authorities who were searching for their captors. 
The Hero of This Book by Elizabeth McCracken. // The author visited London after the death of her mother, attempting to retrace the steps the two took together on a previous trip. At one point she rides the big wheel called the London Eye, followed by a boat ride on the River Thames.

The Loneliest Polar Bear: A True Story of Survival and Peril on the Edge of a Warming World by Kale Williams. // In addition to info on polar bears it talks about the polar cap and Arctic Ocean melting due to global warming.

I found some pretty tricky examples, huh?


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