The Tarball Chronicles: A Journey Beyond the Oiled Pelican and Into the Heart of the Gulf Oil Spill


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5.83 X 1.03 X 8.79 inches | 1.13 pounds

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About the Author

David Gessner is the award-winning author of Return of the Osprey, My Green Manifesto, The Tarball Chronicles, and other books. He currently lives and teaches in Wilmington, North Carolina.


"Anyone who wanted a first-hand look at the Gulf after the news cycle ended will find it here . . . brilliant." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"If you read only one book about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill this year, it should be this one. If you plan not to read any books about it, make an exception for this blunt, funny, eye-opening quest to find the real stories behind the Gulf crisis." --Shelf Awareness

"Expressive and adventurous. A profoundly personal inquiry into the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe unique in its hands-on immediacy and far-ranging ruminations." --Donna Seaman, Booklist

"Brilliant--the best and most original writing coming out of the Gulf."--Scott Dodd, OnEarth magazine, Natural Resources Defense Council

"David Gessner is on a roll." --Times-Picayune

"Gessner has the heart and mind of an investigative journalist. . . . Not everyone will be pleased with this Jeremiah in our midst, but the word is a fire and a hammer, and Gessner delivers it well." --Mobile Press-Register

"An expert naturalist, he not only observes but talks with people who are in the know--forceful, insightful, blood-and-guts people who will speak their minds (like David). There is grit and heartbreak and energy in just about everything he writes."--Clyde Edgerton, the author of Lunch at the Piccadilly and Walking Across Egypt

"Vivid, funny, opinionated, poignant, and mold breaking--Gessner takes us deep into the environmental and personal tragedies of the spill." --Jim Campbell, the author of The Final Frontiersman

"Plenty of people are writing about the BP oil disaster, but few indeed will be able to make us feel the reality of it like David Gessner can. The likelihood that his account will also be action-filled and darkly funny is pure bonus." --John Jeremiah Sullivan, author of Blood Horses

"In this highly readable, firsthand account of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, David Gessner considers the catastrophe in the Gulf as a symptom of even bigger economic and cultural challenges that loom in our future. This excellent book is not judgmental, but thought provoking and well worth reading." --David Allen Sibley, author of The Sibley Guide to Birds