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Buzzards Bay: A Journey Of Discovery by Daniel Sheldon Lee
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Apr 15, 2005
Publisher Commonwealth Editions
ISBN 1933212020 ISBN13 9781933212029
Availability 0 units.
More About Daniel Sheldon Lee
Since he was a child, Daniel Sheldon Lee has been swimming, boating, and fishing on Buzzards Bay, where his family has maintained a summer home since 1906. A graduate of the University of Vermont, he has contributed nature writing to the Cape Cod Times and other regional publications while serving as editor-in-chief of The Osprey, an environmental journal. He lives with his wife and son in Hingham, Massachusetts.
Daniel Sheldon Lee currently resides in Hingham, in the state of Massachusetts.
Reviews - What do customers think about Buzzards Bay: A Journey Of Discovery?
Buzzards Bay Sep 28, 2007
I read Daniel's book while vacationing at Wood's Hole , Mass. I found it to be well written and thooroughly enjoyable.
Thank you Daniel.
Falls maddeningly short of brilliant Sep 25, 2005
Daniel Lee's Buzzards Bay could have been one of the best pieces of literary nonfiction of the new century. Instead, it misses the mark.
Let's start with the positives. The research is terrific and deep. Lee has found a number of interesting characters to help tell his story. And he's got true skill as a writer; he knows of what he writes, he's capable of wry observation and beautifully turned phrases. Lee is young, and there's exciting potential here; at times, you get the feeling that you may be reading John McPhee's heir to the crown of literary nonfiction.
Okay, here's where the book falls short. Although presenting one's own views is a prerogative of writers, doing so requires care - particularly when presenting one's own side of a controversial issue. At times, Buzzards Bay has the feel of a manifesto rather than an exposition. Since I already noted him, McPhee generally presents a controversial opinion through his interviewees, scrupulously making his own views opaque on the matter. You still get the point, but you don't feel like it's being forcefed to you.
Second, there's a real mechanical problem with the book. Paragraph breaks are double spaced. It severely interrupts the flow of the book. Minor quibble, you say? Trust me, it grows very annoying.
The biggest problem, however, is that the book really needed a skilled book editor who could rein Lee in, cut bits that appear to be there only for style, force a little more clarity and a little less bias. A different title wouldn't have hurt the book, either - the title itself limits the book to regional interest, and in the right hands there'd have been more than enough to make this book one of national - even international - value.
Reading Buzzards Bay is like holding a handful of 1/2 carat gems. Which is nice until you realize that you could have been holding the Hope Diamond. The raw material allowed either option.
Here's hoping that Lee's next book finds its way into the hands of a truly gifted book editor. If he displays the research capability and raw talent that showed in Buzzards Bay, it'll be one to savor indeed.
Mr. Lee Brings a Coastal Community to Life Aug 14, 2004
I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Lee's book. He has seamlessly melded the figures and facts of the flora, fauna, aquatic creatures, people and history of the Buzzards Bay region with stories, essays and reflections that reveal Dan's intimate knowledge of and obvious love and respect for the land and it's people. The characters and landscapes are painted in such a way that the vignettes of people and places often read like a great peice of fiction. Dan's ability to introduce the reader to and bring the sights, sounds, smells, feelings and images of Buzzards Bay to life is astonishing. Anyone who has interest in any coastal community will enjoy Dan's insights and the artistry of his writing.
A True Discovery Book! Jul 19, 2004
Buzzards Bay, A Journey of Discovery by Daniel Sheldon Lee
A thoroughly researched account of what the author learned, knows, and experienced about the environment and history of the Buzzards Bay area. This book is of great interest to anyone in or near the area and to anyone who wants to learn more about environmental issues surrounding not just Buzzard's Bay but the ocean, and its waterfronts especially bays or inlets. The book includes information and intellectual discussion of the Bay's history, birds, plants, aquaculture and many related and similar subjects. It covers all of the Buzzards Bay area and coastline from the Cape side to New Bedford and beyond on the West. A great read whether you are interested in this area or anything like it. The book is not just academic discussions but is balanced with stories including some remarkable research visits. Many enjoyable first hand experiences about the author's boyhood including his ancestors are delightfully and dramatically described. It is full of engaging recollections of people he interviewed and met in his life. The environmental concerns are thoroughly researched and described with balanced informative views and little if any extreme positions. The book and its stories go a long way towards helping to keep Buzzards Bay alive and well.
A Journey Worth Taking Jul 13, 2004
Through a skillful weaving of personal experiences, stories and facts, Daniel Lee reveals the delicate eco-system that is Buzzard's Bay with a richness and depth that is rarely found in a nonfiction book. Mr. Lee is a masterful story teller and I found myself quickly falling into step with him as he explored the past, examined the present and contemplated the future of his beloved Buzzard's Bay. By the end of the book, I found that I was no longer on Mr. Lee's journey, but on my own journey of discovery.
Being a non-fiction work, it is considerably more than a collection of vignettes and anecdotes; it is also an accurate and detailed depiction of the current state of the land, the water and the animals and fish who inhabit the area. The book does not preach -- so I won't either -- but just simply lays out the facts. The reader is left to draw his/her own conclusions of what the future might hold for the Bay and any land, for that matter, that the reader holds dear.
I read the book beginning from Chapter 1 through to the end, but it lends itself to "skipping around" and reading chapters in the reader's order of interest. This is a good "summer" read. Enjoy!