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Author: Tom Horton
ISBN13: 978-0393039382
Title: An Island Out of Time : A Memoir of Smith Island in the Chesapeake
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Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc; 1st edition (June 1, 1996)
Pages: 316

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



At the same time, Smith Island may be running "out of time"; the oyster beds on which watermen used to depend for wintertime income have continued to decline, pollution continues to take a toll on the rich biodiversity of the Chesapeake The title is a fine play on words. Fifteen years ago, Tom Horton published a book about his time living on Smith Island which is in both Maryland and Virginia. He actually moved there in 1986, so the three years that Horton was writing about is more than 20 years ago. This is a wonderfully written book. Horton helped me to see the island without rose colored glasses. The spring, summer and fall sounds idyllic - I could move in a heartbeat.

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It surely is an island out of time. But thanks to Mr. Horton, at least part of it will be indelibly preserved in Chesapeake literature. The author did not preach, and he is not an environmental extremist - he shows an understanding and sympathy to some of the watermen's "illegal" fishing practices. But the questions he asked at the end of the book are thought-provoking - is our planet not an island like Smith Island? We just draw from a bigger pool of resources. This is a wonderful book by a great author. I have lived all of my 60 years near the Chesapeake Bay, and I found Tom Horton's writing about the area, specifically, Smith Island, to be very accurate as well as entertaining. I truly enjoyed reading this book, and it is now on my bookshelf in it's rightful place next to William W. Warner's "Beautiful Swimmers" and James Michener's "Chesapeake".

A Memoir of Smith Island in the Chesapeake. He has captured in full the life of the island. -Washington Post Book World. A classic of Chesapeake Bay literature, Tom Horton's An Island Out of Time chronicles the three years Horton and his family spent on Smith Island, a marshy archipelago in the middle of Maryland's famous estuary

Moving to Smith Island was not such a dislocation for me. I grew up on Maryland's Eastern Shore, close to the Chesapeake and its marsh islands. But Cheri was from Salt Lake City, and had never lived outside cities. As for Abigail, six, and Tyler, nine, they had grown up playing in Baltimore alleyways. She said how glad everyone was to see our family moving in. Then she said something that I thought at the time was quaint-perhaps an island way of speaking-"It's so good to see your lights at night. It would be months later before I understood fully-and sorrowfully-what she meant. That first summer on the island was instant paradise for Tyler.

0 0. The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island by Linda Greenlaw (John Vaughan). 0 0. Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay by William W. Warner (John Vaughan). Best Books on Fisheries, Fishing Fleets and Fish (19). 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. see all 4 descriptions). 1st Vintage departures ed. by Tom Horton. Published 1997 by Vintage Books in New York. merge duplicate works of 'An island out of time'. A lush, intimate portrait of Smith Island, Chesapeake Bay, from Horton (Bay Country, 1987, et. With his wife and two children, Horton moved to the hamlet of Tylerton-population a little less than 100-on Smith Island in 1987. He was there to teach environmental education classes to schoolchildren, but he was really on a quest to plumb the spirit of the place, one that & not shout its virtues, but yields them only to probing and observation.

An Island Out of Time: A Memoir of Smith Island in the Chesapeake by Tom Horton, Page 10 W. W. Norton & Company, 1996.

An Island Out of Time: A Memoir of Smith Island in the Chesapeake by Tom Horton. Unless you're a big fan of the Chesapeake Bay, it's likely you've never heard of Smith Island, let alone tasted the island's historic layer cake. It's an architectural wonder, with anywhere from six to 12 ultra-thin yellow cakes layered with chocolate, then frosted with the kind of confection some of us consider a reason to live. What's the secret?" says Smith Island baker Jennifer Dize with a secretive smile. The cooked chocolate fudge icing.

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
Reviews: 7
Kemath
A well written and interesting story spoiled only by the occasional, unnecessary and incorrect jabs at what Mr. Horton imagines is conservatism. If the author visited some of the smaller towns in Tennessee and many other places throughout the US, he would be surprised to find similar cultures. He does, for the most part, control himself and this doesn't spoil the book. If you love fishing, the shore or boats, I recommend it non-the less.

I doubt the watermen are the main contributors to the decline of the fisheries. The increasing salinity due to the damming of the rivers feeding the upper bay is a known facilitator of the toxin that has killed off the oysters as well as added pollution due to population growth and the silt and fertilizer runoff from more industrialized farming. The watermen are a self-regulating industry, The more oysters and crabs, the more watermen and vice-versa. The islanders know this and are quoted several times in the book recognizing that "these things go in cycles".
IWantYou
This is a well written , poignant book concerning the daily and generational lives of individuals and families that have/had unique life experiences on Smith Island in the Chesapeake. At this point there are about 150 souls living on the island who continue crabbing and fishing and developing small restaurant enterprises that span generations with little change in focus or modus operandi.. As you read the book, you will concurrently step back in time and understand just how individuals live on Smith Island now and over time. There is a distinct possibility you will examine your own life style and ponder if you too could live life as a Smith Islander. Most could not or would not want the Smith Island way of life but there is definite segment of the populace that would savor it for any number of reasons. Make your own decision !
Butius
Smith Island in the Chesapeake may be an island out of time, but Tom Horton's book is a timeless masterpiece.

I was looking more for a book about the nature and environment of Smith Island, instead I found a book more about its people and history (although inevitably it contained descriptions of the natural environment here, which is so interwoven with the lives of the islanders), but I was not disappointed. Mr. Horton's experience as a journalist really allowed him to shine in this book, as many chapters are transcribed from interviews with the islanders. He captured the islander's "rhythms and soft brogue" exceedingly well. I've read a few books about regional culture and history, but I have yet to find one as vivid and flavorful as this one (you can almost smell the steamed blue crabs between the pages!).

As you may have known by now, a combination of factors -- sea level rise probably caused by global warming, subsidence of the bay floor and erosion -- have been slowly gnawing away at the low lying islands such as Smith Island in the Chesapeake Bay. A combination of social and economic forces have made the island population dwindle (I did a quick search, the population as of 2010 census was 276, a sharp decline from even two decades ago when the author wrote the book (it was then 400+, already half its peak population). It surely is an island out of time. But thanks to Mr. Horton, at least part of it will be indelibly preserved in Chesapeake literature.

The author did not preach, and he is not an environmental extremist -- he shows an understanding and sympathy to some of the watermen's "illegal" fishing practices. But the questions he asked at the end of the book are thought-provoking -- is our planet not an island like Smith Island? We just draw from a bigger pool of resources. How should we live sustainably before this island of ours before it too will run out of time?

I highly recommend this book to those who are interested in regional culture, history, as well as ecology.
Goodman
This is a wonderful book by a great author. I have lived all of my 60 years near the Chesapeake Bay, and I found Tom Horton's writing about the area, specifically, Smith Island, to be very accurate as well as entertaining. I truly enjoyed reading this book, and it is now on my bookshelf in it's rightful place next to William W. Warner's "Beautiful Swimmers" and James Michener's "Chesapeake". Thank you, Tom Horton.
JoJogar
You'll enjoy this more if you're a local; there's lots of somewhat dry description.
Jeyn
I sent this book to my family as we were taking a trip to Smith Island. The book was invaluable as the trip to the island was uneventful. There was not one bit of info from the boat captain on our ride to the island. So thankful for thebook
Bev
Haven't had the chance to read the book yet, but we have just returned from Smith Island on the "Eastern Shore" of Maryland - a unique place with an interesting heritage related to the oyster industry. A friend has read the book and recommended it highly. The book arrived in perfect condition and right when promised!
The story of Smith Island is a great read for anyone. Good writing, keeps your interest and the characters seem to just jump out at you. The author lived there for 3 years and did a wonderful job of helping those living elsewhere to enjoy this narrative.