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Kurlansky, Mark

Works: 119 works in 425 publications in 6 languages and 22,731 library holdings
Genres: History  Juvenile works  Fiction  Biography  Anecdotes  Cookbooks 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Illustrator
Classifications: SH351.C5, 909.826
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Publications about Mark Kurlansky
Publications by Mark Kurlansky
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Most widely held works by Mark Kurlansky
1968 : the year that rocked the world by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
49 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in 6 languages and held by 2,682 libraries worldwide
Publisher's description: In this monumental new book, award-winning author Mark Kurlansky has written his most ambitious work to date: a singular and ultimately definitive look at a pivotal moment in history. With 1968, Mark Kurlansky brings to teeming life the cultural and political history of that world-changing year of social upheaval. People think of it as the year of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Yet it was also the year of the Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy assassinations; the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago; Prague Spring; the antiwar movement and the Tet Offensive; Black Power; the generation gap, avant-garde theater, the birth of the women's movement, and the beginning of the end for the Soviet Union. From New York, Miami, Berkeley, and Chicago to Paris, Prague, Rome, Berlin, Warsaw, Tokyo, and Mexico City, spontaneous uprisings occurred simultaneously around the globe. Everything was disrupted. In the Middle East, Yasir Arafat's guerrilla organization rose to prominence ... both the Cannes Film Festival and the Venice Biennale were forced to shut down by protesters ... the Kentucky Derby winner was stripped of the crown for drug use ... the Olympics were a disaster, with the Mexican government having massacred hundreds of students protesting police brutality there ... and the Miss America pageant was stormed by feminists carrying banners that introduced to the television-watching public the phrase "women's liberation." Kurlansky shows how the coming of live television made 1968 the first global year. It was the year that an amazed world watched the first live telecast from outer space, and that TV news expanded to half an hour. For the first time, Americans watched that day's battle--the Vietnam War's Tet Offensive--on the evening news. Television also shocked the world with seventeen minutes of police clubbing demonstrators at the Chicago convention, live film of unarmed students facing Soviet tanks in Czechoslovakia, and a war of starvation in Biafra. The impact was huge, not only on the antiwar movement, but also on the medium itself. The fact that one now needed television to make things happen was a cultural revelation with enormous consequences
The food of a younger land : a portrait of American food : before the national highway system, before chain restaurants, and before frozen food, when the nation's food was seasonal, regional, and traditional : from the lost WPA files by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
11 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,649 libraries worldwide
Using long-forgotten WPA files archived in the Library of Congress, bestselling author Mark Kurlansky paints a detailed picture of Depression Era Americans through the food that they ate and the local traditions and customs they observed when planning and preparing meals
Birdseye : the adventures of a curious man by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
10 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,195 libraries worldwide
From the author who gave us" Cod," "Salt," and other informative bestsellers, the first biography of Clarence Birdseye, the eccentric genius inventor whose fast-freezing process revolutionized the food industry and American agriculture
The cod's tale by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
3 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 1,139 libraries worldwide
Describes the Atlantic cod fish and how it has been fished throughout history to near extinction
Ready for a brand new beat : how "Dancing in the street" became the anthem for a changing America by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
8 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 966 libraries worldwide
Can a song change a nation? In 1964, Marvin Gaye, record producer William "Mickey" Stevenson, and Motown songwriter Ivy Jo Hunter wrote "Dancing in the Street." The song was recorded at Motown's Hitsville USA Studio by Martha and the Vandellas. Released on July 31, the song was supposed to be an upbeat dance recording--a precursor to disco, a song about the joyousness of dance, the song of a summer. But events overtook it, and the song became one of the anthems of American pop culture. The Beatles had landed in the U.S. in early 1964. By that summer, the '60s were in full swing. 1964 was the Mississippi Freedom Summer, the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Act, and the lead-up to a dramatic election that completely changed American politics. As the country grew more radicalized in those few months, "Dancing in the Street" gained currency as an activist anthem. The song took on new meanings, multiple meanings, for many different groups that were all altered as the country changed. Told by the writer who is legendary for finding the big story in unlikely places, Ready for a Brand New Beat chronicles that extraordinary summer of 1964 and showcases the momentous role that a simple song about dancing played in our nation's history.--Publisher's description
The last fish tale : the fate of the Atlantic and survival in Gloucester, America's oldest fishing port and most original town by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
3 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 920 libraries worldwide
From the "New York Times"--Bestselling author of "Cod, Salt," and "The Big Oyster" comes the colorful story of a way of life that for hundreds of years has defined much of America's coastlines but is slowly disappearing
Cod a biography of the fish that changed the world by Mark Kurlansky( file )
14 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 908 libraries worldwide
Kurlansky discusses the history of commercial cod fishing and the plight of the Atlantic fish and fisheries today as the cod faces extinction
Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue a novel of pastry, guilt, and music by Mark Kurlansky( file )
8 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 898 libraries worldwide
The booming 1980s have arrived--and in Manhattan's Lower East Side, that means the yuppies have arrived, too. Gentrification has begun! Amidst the hubbub, Nathan Seltzer pursues an affair with the sexy daughter of the local German bakers and fights to protect his little photocopy shop from the predatory advances of the Kopy Katz chain. And all the while, a murderous mania is terrorizing the neighborhood
A continent of islands : searching for the Caribbean destiny by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
9 editions published between 1992 and 1998 in English and held by 882 libraries worldwide
A richly detailed portrait of the individual countries and peoples of the Caribbean ; brings to life a society and culture often kept hidden from foreigners--the arts, history, politics, economics, and the vivid day-to-day lives of its citizens
Nonviolence : twenty-five lessons from the history of a dangerous idea by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
6 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 788 libraries worldwide
"Nonviolence is a sweeping yet concise history that moves from ancient Hindu times to present-day conflicts raging in the Middle East and else-where. Kurlansky also brings into focus just why nonviolence is a "dangerous" idea, and asks such provocative questions as: Is there such a thing as a "just war"? Could nonviolence have worked against even the most evil regimes in history?" "Kurlansky draws from history twenty-five provocative lessons on the subject that we can use to effect change today. He shows how, time and again, violence is used to suppress nonviolence and its practitioners."--Jacket
Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue : a novel of pastry, guilt, and music by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
10 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 782 libraries worldwide
Captures the lives of the inhabitants of a tight-knit, ethnically diverse neighborhood on the Lower East Side of New York, including Nathan, a claustrophobic married man falling for Karoline, a German pastry maker
The Eastern stars : how baseball changed the Dominican town of San Pedro de Macorís by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
9 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 744 libraries worldwide
Examines the staggering amount of baseball talent that has originated in the impoverished area of San Pedro, in the Dominican Republic, and discovers wider meanings about place, identity, and, above all, baseball
World without fish by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
9 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and German and held by 654 libraries worldwide
The alarming true story of what's happening to the fish, the oceans and our environment. It tells how and why the fish we most commonly eat, including tuna, salmon, cod and swordfish, could become extinct within fifty years. It is a call to action. With its focus on supporting sustainable fishing it shows how from little steps to big, kids can -- and must make a difference
The cod's tale by Mark Kurlansky( file )
10 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 650 libraries worldwide
Kurlansky brings history to life with this entertaining story of how a single fish changed the world
The white man in the tree, and other stories by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
9 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 551 libraries worldwide
"A comedy of cultural misunderstandings set in the Caribbean, New York, and Paris, a novella and eight stories about people who, because of their differences--between men and women, blacks and whites, Caribbeans and visitors, Jews and Christians, rich and poor--misjudge each other."--Jacket
Frozen in time : Clarence Birdseye's outrageous idea about frozen food by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 516 libraries worldwide
"This biography--perfect for middle-grade readers--tells the life story of Clarence Birdseye, the man who revolutionized the frozen food industry, and is adapted from Mark Kurlansky's adult work Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man. Adventurer and inventor Clarence Birdseye had a fascination with food preservation that led him to develop and patent the Birdseye freezing process and start the company that still bears his name today. His limitless curiosity spurred his other inventions, including the electric sunlamp, an improved incandescent lightbulb, and a harpoon gun to tag finback whales. This true story of an early entrepreneur is as thrilling as the story of Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg. Includes an 8-page black-and-white photo insert"--
Edible stories : a novel in sixteen parts by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
7 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 509 libraries worldwide
A novel composed of linked tales set in Seattle examines the lives of a variety of men and women through the lens of their relationships with food and drink
A chosen few : the resurrection of European Jewry by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
14 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and held by 506 libraries worldwide
A POWERFUL, DEEPLY MOVING NARRATIVE OF HOPE REBORN IN THE SHADOW OF DESPAIR Fifty years after it was bombed to rubble, Berlin is once again a city in which Jews gather for the Passover seder. Paris and Antwerp have recently emerged as important new centers of Jewish culture. Small but proud Jewish communities are revitalizing the ancient centers of Budapest, Prague, and Amsterdam. These brave, determined Jewish men and women have chosen to settle'or remain'in Europe after the devastation of the Holocaust, but they have paid a price. Among the unexpected dangers, they have had to cope with an alarming resurgence of Nazism in Europe, the spread of Arab terrorism, and the impact of the Jewish state on European life. Delving into the intimate stories of European Jews from all walks of life, Kurlansky weaves together a vivid tapestry of individuals sustaining their traditions, and flourishing, in the shadow of history. An inspiring story of a tenacious people who have rebuilt their lives in the face of incomprehensible horror, A Chosen Few is a testament to cultural survival and a celebration of the deep bonds that endure between Jews and European civilization. "Consistently absorbing . . . A Chosen Few investigates the relatively uncharted territory of an encouraging phenomenon." 'Los Angeles Times "I can think of no book that portrays with such intelligence, historical understanding, and journalistic flair what life has been like for Jews determined to build lives in Europe." 'SUSAN MIRON Forward From the Trade Paperback edition
Choice cuts : a savory selection of food writing from around the world and throughout history by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
14 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 497 libraries worldwide
Contains over two hundred essays on a variety of gourmet foods from around the world and throughout history including pieces by Cab Calloway, Alexandre Dumas, Charles Dickens, Irving Berlin, and Plato
Hank Greenberg : the hero who didn't want to be one by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
6 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 413 libraries worldwide
Profiles the Jewish-American baseball player who, in 1934, risked his chance to beat Babe Ruth's home run record by sitting out a game on Yom Kippur, and describes his impact on Jewish-American history
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Alternative Names
Mark Kurlansky American journalist
Курлански, Марк
كيرلانسكي، مارك، 1948-
مارك كورلانسكي، 1948-
カーランスキー, マーク
English (201)
German (8)
Spanish (2)
Turkish (2)
Danish (1)
Dutch (1)
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