Moby-duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, who Went in Search of Them

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Scribe Publications, 2011 - Marine debris - 402 pages
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A revelatory tale of science, adventure, and modern myth.When the writer Donovan Hohn heard of the mysterious loss of thousands of bath toys at sea, he figured he would interview a few oceanographers, talk to a few beachcombers, and read up on Arctic science and geography. 'But questions can be like ocean currents- wade in too far, and they carry you away.' Hohn's accidental odyssey pulls him into the secretive world of shipping conglomerates, the daring work of Arctic researchers, the lunatic risks of maverick sailors, and the shadowy world of Chinese toy factories. Moby-Duckis a journey into the heart of the sea and an adventure through science, myth, the global economy, and some of the worst weather imaginable. With each new discovery, Hohn learns of another loose thread, and with each successive chase, he comes closer to understanding where his castaway quarry comes from and where it goes. In the grand tradition of Tony Horwitz and David Quammen, Moby-Duckis a compulsively readable narrative of whimsy and curiosity. 'This dazzles from start to finish.' - Booklist'Packed wit seafaring lore and astute reporting, this enthralling narrative is the Moby-Dick of drifting ducks.' - Publishers Weekly

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User Review  - JBD1 - LibraryThing

I remember hearing the stories about these ducks potentially washing up along the Maine coast, so when I got the chance to bring this book with me on a Maine vacation, I snatched it up, figuring it ... Read full review

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Hohn has written a fine book about an important environmental concern and tried to do it in an all-encompassing, funny, and interesting way. He partially succeeds. I love the all-encompassing part as ... Read full review

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