Washed Up: The Curious Journeys of Flotsam and Jetsam

Washed Up: The Curious Journeys of Flotsam and Jetsam

by Skye Moody

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Overview

The ocean gives up many prizes, just setting them on our beaches for us to find. From rubber ducks that started out somewhere in Indonesia to land Venice Beach, to an intact refrigerator makes it way to the Jersey Shore. Chunks of beeswax found on the Oregon coast are the packing remnants of 18th century Spanish gold. Author Skye Moody walks the coast, dons her wet suit, and heads out to sea to understand the excellent debris that accrues along the tideline. There she finds advanced military technology applied to locating buried Rolexes, hardcore competitive beachcombing conventions, and isolated beach communities whose residents are like flotsam congregated at the slightest obstacle on the coastline. This book confirms that the world is a mysterious place and that treasure is out there to be found.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570617386
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Publication date: 08/03/2010
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,113,401
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Writer, photographer, and former East Africa bush guide, Skye Moody is also the author of Hillbilly Women and Fruits of Our Labor: Soviet and American Workers Talk About Making a Living. She lives in Seattle.

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Washed Up: The Curious Journeys of Flotsam and Jetsam 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
hippypaul More than 1 year ago
This is a very informative, enjoyable book. This short volume covers the full range of things that the sea gives up to the land. Exploring everything from seaweed to missives in bottles this is a wonderful book on a little known subject, little known to most of us landlubbers at least. Ms. Moody is a long time lover of the sea and the descendent of seafarers who writes with an easy chatty style. The volume is very loosely tied together by her search for the identity of a mysterious item that she failed to pick up on a beachcombing expedition. This recurring theme proves to be, in my eyes at least, to give the only weakness in the book. There is a recurring dialog with a psychiatrist throughout the book that I found confusing. I was unable to decide if this was an actual problem the author had or a reflection on society's viewpoint toward people with non mainstream hobbies. However, this was a very enjoyable book that I would recommend to anyone. My one tiny quibble may well reflect my weakness as a reader as opposed to any fault Ms Moody has as an author.
Devil_llama on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you've never read a book about garbage, this would be as good a place as any to start. The author traces the trash on our beaches - the flotsam and jetsam that wash up - and does it in with a lively style and a good sense of humor.
hippypaul on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very informative, enjoyable book. This short volume covers the full range of things that the sea gives up to the land. Exploring everything from seaweed to missives in bottles this is a wonderful book on a little known subject, little known to most of us landlubbers at least. Ms. Moody is a long time lover of the sea and the descendent of seafarers who writes with an easy chatty style. The volume is very loosely tied together by her search for the identity of a mysterious item that she failed to pick up on a beachcombing expedition. This recurring theme proves to be, in my eyes at least, to give the only weakness in the book. There is a recurring dialog with a psychiatrist throughout the book that I found confusing. I was unable to decide if this was an actual problem the author had or a reflection on society¿s viewpoint toward people with non mainstream hobbies. However, this was a very enjoyable book that I would recommend to anyone. My one tiny quibble may well reflect my weakness as a reader as opposed to any fault Ms Moody has as an author.
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Marilee67 More than 1 year ago
If you like the kind of nonfiction that examines a rather narrow subject with a mixture of objective information and personal experience and reflection, then you might like this book. The author takes a little-considered subject and turns it into an interesting study.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago