Duck Duck Book

25 – world shores
10.16.2005, 12:01 am
Filed under: history & geography

World shores and beaches : a descriptive and historical guide to 50 coastal treasures / Mary Ellen Snodgrass.
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2005.
[MCL call number: 910.9146 S673w 2005; two copies, no holds]

World Shores and Beaches is a reference guide to coastal areas around the world. This book has that thrilling quality of all great reference books: when World Shores and Beaches is the book you need, nothing else will do. Wondering about the archaeological work that has been done in Acapulco? Interested in the mythology of Kaho’Olawe, Hawai’i? Fascinated by pearl diving in Dubai? Urgent for a quick fix of info about the state of the natural environment in Phuket, Thailand? Go no further, this book can help.

World Shores and Beaches gives a terse but eloquent description of the mythology, history, archeology, and ecology of the beaches described, together with information about current coastal activities, and contact information for groups and individuals who involved in tending or protecting each area. A short bibliography follows each entry, and the main text is followed by a glossary, a general bibliography, an appendix of books & films that provide information on beaches and shores, and a very thorough index.

Snodgrass has written countless other fascinating reference works, including the Encyclopedia of Kitchen History (New York : Fitzroy Dearborn, c2004), World Epidemics : A Cultural Chronology of Disease From Prehistory to the Era of SARS (Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2003), and An Illustrated Dictionary of Little-Known Words From Literary Classics (Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c1995). The breadth of her work makes it seem like she’d be a fascinating dinner companion, don’t you think?


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