The Big Oyster: Book summary and reviews of The Big Oyster by Mark Kurlansky

The Big Oyster

History on the Half Shell

by Mark Kurlansky

The Big Oyster by Mark Kurlansky X
The Big Oyster by Mark Kurlansky

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Before New York City was the Big Apple, it could have been called the Big Oyster. Now award-winning author Mark Kurlansky tells the remarkable story of New York by following the trajectory of one of its most fascinating inhabitants – the oyster, whose influence on the great metropolis remains unparalleled.

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"Starred Review.... a chatty, free-wheeling history of New York City told from the humble perspective of the once copious, eagerly consumed, now decimated eastern oyster."
"Although not quite as fascinating as Cod or Salt--there are a few too many recipes this time, and narrower geographic constraints limit the surprises--Kurlansky's "average" book is most writers' best." - Booklist.
"A compelling, highly readable treat, whether you partake of Ostreidae or not." - Kirkus.

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Mark Kurlansky Author Biography

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Mark Kurlansky was born in Hartford, Connecticut.  After receiving a BA in Theater from Butler University in 1970, and refusing to serve in the military, Kurlansky worked in New York as a playwright, having a number of off-off Broadway productions, and as a playwright-in-residence at Brooklyn College. He won the 1972 Earplay award for best radio play of the year.

He worked many other jobs including as a commercial fisherman, a dock worker, a paralegal, a cook, and a pastry chef.

In the mid 1970s, unhappy with the direction New York theater was taking, he turned to journalism, an early interest – he had been an editor on his high school newspaper.  From 1976 to 1991 he worked as a  foreign correspondent for The International Herald Tribune, The ...

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Mark Kurlansky: ker-LAN-ski

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