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An Island Out of Time : A Memoir of Smith Island in the Chesapeake

Horton, Tom

ISBN 10: 0393039382 / ISBN 13: 9780393039382
Published by W W Norton & Co Inc, 1996
Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First printing. Flat SIGNED by Tom Horton on the title page. The volume is lightly bumped at the spine ends, The unclipped dust jacket, sleeved in mylar, is fine. Bookseller Inventory # 15062710

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Title: An Island Out of Time : A Memoir of Smith ...

Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition

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A small island, home to five hundred watermen and their families, is the subject of a study about a community that has stayed true to its past while witnessing the decline of the natural world surrounding it


Although the archipelago known as Smith Island sits in Chesapeake Bay, just off Maryland's eastern shore, it is in some ways a place lost in time and space. Lacking a police force, a high school, or a hospital, it still carries the flavor of another era. People earn a tough living from crabbing, which means 18-hour work days for six months of the year, and they still speak a heavily accented language that some scholars believe dates back to Elizabethan times. In 1987, Tom Horton, an environmental writer for the Baltimore Sun, moved with his family to this 300-year-old community. This thoughtful, well-written book is his record of the two years they spent there.

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