← Back to book notes

Book cover for The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean

The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean

Author: Trevor Corson

Rating: ★★★★★

Genre: Pop Science

Themes: Politics, Biology, History

Format: Audio book

Finished: September 20, 2017

Purchase link

Amanda and I grabbed the audio version of this to listen to during our Maine vacation. I didn’t know what to expect, but this book was fascinating. Trevor Corson does a great job weaving together biology, history, politics, and storytelling in this plunge into the world of lobsters and lobstering. His writing is similar to Joe Hutto’s style. The writing is funny and captivating. Corson makes mundane stuff like lobster population research hilarious and interesting.

Much of this book takes place around the waters of Little Cranberry Island, where Corson spent two seasons lobstering with Bruce Fernald. Since Amanda and I were staying in Northeast Harbor on Mount Desert Island, we decided to take the ferry over to Little Cranberry (Isleford) to see some of the places firsthand that we’d heard about in the book. We are really glad we did. We saw the lobstermen’s co-op, the school, and the main character’s lobster boat. It made the book real. I even ate a few bites of my first lobster after finishing this book.