The Living Shore:
Rediscovering a Lost World
Rowan Jacobsen founded the Oysterater blog (https://www.oysterater.com) and writes extensively on food and its relationship to the environment. He currently writes about biologically engineered food. He has received several awards for his writing, including James Beard award for A Geography of Oysters and Fruitless Fall. In The Living Shore: Rediscovering a Lost World, Jacobsen starts with the Olympic oyster and weaves a story of the environment, human culture, the impact of civilization and the human impact on the environment. The core of his tale involves his adventure tagging along with a research team hunting for remaining Olympic oysters in the Puget Sound. He explains the role of oysters and other shellfish in the environment and what their decline tells us about the state of the sea. He also finds fascinating connections with native peoples and speculates on the role of the marine environment and the rise of the human species. Throughout his story he weaves tales of various efforts to restore the marine environment and the rich variety of species it depends on. Rowan grabs your from the first page and carries your interest through to the end. This book will interest readers fascinated by the sea and marine life, interested in the Pacific Northwest, oyster lovers, environmentalists, and those interested in human evolution. I thoroughly enjoyed it.