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To the Denmark Strait

 Chasing a mysterious current

To the Denmark Strait (Burford Books, $31.50) is Dallas Murphy’s firsthand account of accompanying world-renowned oceanographer Robert Pickart aboard the research vessel Knorr on an expedition to affirm the existence of a powerful oceanic current between Greenland and Iceland.



Great Yachts of Long Island's North Shore

Gold Coast Yachting

At the turn of the 20th century, the north shore of New York’s Long Island had become a desirable residential area for many businessmen who made their millions in nearby New York City.



Sharks: The Animal Answer Guide

All about sharks

There’s been no shortage of analysis or media coverage of sharks since Jaws, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a more definitive, engagingly written source than Sharks: The Animal Answer Guide (Johns Hopkins, $50 hardcover, $26.95 paperback). Gene Helfman and George H. Burgess strive to answer every conceivable question about sharks and their critical role in healthy ecosystems, from the massive whale shark to the ferocious great white to the diminutive cookiecutter. The book delivers insight through a blend of science, history, anthropology and gripping photography.

September 2014 issue


Ed Cutts: Designer, Boatbuilder, and “Cutts Method”

Designer and icon

The Cutts & Case Shipyard in Oxford, Maryland, is a Chesapeake Bay icon. Ed Cutts: Designer, Boatbuilder, and “Cutts Method” Inventor is a profile of the man who founded the yard with John Case (Leeward Publications, $19.95). An innovative designer and builder, Cutts mentored under L. Francis Herreshoff and earned a reputation for crafting wooden sailboats that were beautiful and fast, light and strong, and built to last — using the patented “Cutts Method.” He never used a computer, carving and working from half-hull models instead.

September 2014 issue


The Hidden Coast of Maine

A guided tour of coastal Maine

There’s something universally alluring about the Maine coast, from the lighthouses atop craggy cliffs to the quiet coves. Within the pages of The Hidden Coast of Maine (Tilbury House, $34.95), photographer Joe Devenney and author Ken Textor offer their eye for detail and deep local knowledge to guide the reader on a journey of insight and beauty. The 224-page book includes 215 color photographs taken by Devenney over 37 years. The musings of Textor, a Mainer since the 1970s, collectively portray the uniqueness, history and charm of 86 destinations.


September 2014 issue


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