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    DescriptionA compulsively readable narrative of whimsy and curiosity- "adventurous, inquisitive, and brightly illuminating" (Janet Maslin, "The New York Times").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 arena of shipping conglomerates, the daring work of Arctic researchers, the lunatic risks of maverick sailors, and the shadowy world of Chinese toy factories. "Moby-Duck" is a journey into the heart of the sea and an adventure through science, myth, the global economy, and some of the worst weather imaginable.


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    Title
    Moby-Duck
    Subtitle
    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
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Donovan Hohn
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 402
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780143120506
    ISBN 10: 0143120506
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: WTH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S8.1
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: RBKC, RG
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26630
    BISAC V2.8: SCI052000, SCI030000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: TRV001000
    DC22: 551.46/2
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 551.462
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A57402000, A83255200
    DC21: 551.462
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: GC231.2 .H65 2012
    Thema V1.0: RBKC, RG, WTHA
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    maps
    Publisher
    Penguin Putnam Inc
    Imprint name
    Penguin USA
    Publication date
    28 February 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Donovan Hohn is a journalist whose work has appeared in "Harper's Magazine, The New York Times Magazine" and "Outside." He is currently the features editor at "GQ." "Moby-Duck" was nominated as the runner-up for for the 2011 PEN/ E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. Hohn lives in New York City.
    Review quote
    "The book [is] by turns light-hearted and serious but always a pleasure to read ... "Moby-Duck" is highly readable and, importantly, alive with a sense of intellectual curiosity. Indeed, what Melville did for whaling, Hohn has done for plastic bath toys lost at sea." -"The Boston Globe" "Hohn cleverly uses the deceptively whimsical premise of chasing a little plastic duck to provoke a massively complicated and thought-provoking conversation. Who knew spilled bath toys could be so important?" -"Chicago Sun-Times" " ... he writes always entertainingly, often gorgeously." -"Dallas Morning News" "Donovan Hohn ships out with an engaging Moby-Duck ... an exploration in every sense [Moby-Duck] will remind readers of the best of John McPhee and Ian Frazier. And maybe, even, of the weird and wonderful Herman Melville himself." -"The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer" ..". entertaining but also philosophic ... [Donovan Hohn's] quest is puckish, profo