Monday, May 2, 2011

World Without Fish Book Review

I was sent "World Without Fish" by Mark Kurlansky for free from Workman Publishing for review.

About the Author:
Mark Kurlansky is a former commercial fisherman and New York Times bestselling author of Cod, Salt, The Big Oyster, and other books. He’s won numerous awards, including the James A. Beard Award, ALA Notable Book Award, and New York Public Library Best Books of the Year Award. He lives with his wife and daughter in New York City and Gloucester, Massachusetts. His website is

The book is suppose to be about how we can change the way we live to help save our fish population, which has estimatedly dropped over 90% in the last 50 years.

His 10 year old daughter helped him write this book in order for it to be interesting for all ages, which is a great idea.

Unfortunately, I can not recommend this book. Within the first few chapters the book talks about evolution and millions of years old. A theory proved wrong, and formed with round reasoning. I could not bring myself to enjoy reading this book when it is suppose to be a factual book and already starts with a wrong theory. I cannot recommend this book to any of my readers as I don't think it's worth the read.

A few good things this does book contain;
—A seafood lover’s guide to safe and sustainable menu options and where to find them
The cool children’s pick of the season that includes an 11-page full-color comic interwoven
     throughout the book
A timely look at the impact of oil spills on the ocean environment (the anniversary of the Gulf
    Oil Spill is 4/20, two days after publication)
An engaging history of fishing
An inspiring, user-friendly handbook filled with things we all can do to help save fish

And some fun facts in the book are:
Some Fun Facts from WORLD WITHOUT FISH:
  1. There is no such thing as a true Chilean Sea Bass. The fish we know as the Chilean Sea Bass is actually a Patagonian Toothfish, which is not a bass at all, and, for that matter, not necessarily from Chile. Since a “Patagonian Toothfish” doesn’t sound very appetizing, the alternate name was created to market the fish internationally 
  2. Mammals usually give birth to one to six babies. A bird will lay this many eggs. A fish will lay millions of eggs. For years, people assumed that this meant that fish have millions of babies. Only recently have scientists come to understand that a fish will usually have only one to six surviving babies, just like a mammal or a bird.
  3. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the largest known concentration of floating trash in the world. Located in the north central Pacific Ocean (the area between Japan and the United States), the Patch is alternately estimated to be from one-eighth to twice the size of the United States.
Thank you to Workman for prividing this book for free for a review.

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