Book Club Kit: The Hungry Ocean

The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain's JourneyThe Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain’s Journey
by Linda Greenlaw
First Published: 1999
7 Copies & Reading Guide

In his number-one bestseller, The Perfect Storm, Sebastian Junger describes Linda Greenlaw as “one of the best sea captains, period, on the East Coast.” Now Greenlaw tells her own riveting story of a thirty-day swordfishing voyage aboard one of the best-outfitted boats on the East Coast, complete with danger, humor, and characters so colorful they seem to have been ripped from the pages of Moby Dick. The excitement starts immediately, even before Greenlaw and her five-man crew leave the dock – and it doesn’t stop until the last page. Under way, she must cope with nasty weather, equipment failure, and treachery aboard ship, not to mention the routinely backbreaking work of operating a fishing boat.

Reading Guide:
Author’s Website – Includes Discussion Questions

Kirkus Reviews – “Editor Review” from April 15, 1999
The New York Times – “A Fisherman’s Tale” by Douglas Whynott

On the Web:
Linda Greenlaw’s Website –
Maine PBS – A Good Read Interview with Linda Greenlaw from 2000

More by Linda Greenlaw:
The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island
Seaworthy: A Swordboat Captain Returns to the Sea
Slipknot (Jane Bunker #1)
Fisherman’s Bend (Jane Bunker #2)

You might like these, too:
The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Discovered Hitler’s Lost Sub by Robert Kurson
Grayson (Book Club Kit) by Lynne Cox


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