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About Jim Carrier
Jim's reporting from the West, as the Rocky Mountain Ranger, took him through 500,000 miles, 7,665 sunsets and 87 pairs of Levis. In 1997, he bought a sailboat, named it Ranger, and set out to sail the Pacific. He diverted to Alabama because of a hate crime against a black man. Volunteering at the Southern Poverty Law Center, he wrote Ten Ways to Fight Hate, a community guide distributed to one million officials and human rights activists. Carrier developed Tolerance.org, which won two Webbys for activist Web sites and produced the film, Faces in the Water, which shows every 30 minutes at the Civil Rights Memorial.
Now based in Burlington, VT, his freelance work focuses on medical science - and sailing, as a contributing editor at Cruising World. Carrier is currently at work on an historical memoir of the Marlboro Man, and a science memoir about ulcerative colitis. He and his daughter, Amy, descend from Martha Carrier who was hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. His wife, Trish O'Kane, PhD, is a lecturer in environmental education at the University of Vermont.
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"Utterly compulsive and unputdownable--the most exciting, authentic, and humanly moving of all the recent Storm books. Brilliantly paced and perfectly balanced. . . . Carrier is a marvelously trustworthy narrator. . . . A terrific book."--Jonathan Raban, author of Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings and Bad Land: An American Romance
"A wonderful story. An extremely well-written account of the events as I knew them. I commend Jim Carrier for a magnificent job."--Jerry D. Jarrell, Director, National Hurricane Center
In October 1998, the majestic schooner Fantome came face-to-face with one of the most savage storms in Atlantic history. The last days of the Fantome are reconstructed in vivid and heartbreaking detail through Jim Carrier's extensive research and hundreds of personal interviews. What emerges is a story of courage, hubris, the agony of command, the weight of lives versus wealth, and the advances of science versus the terrible power and unpredictability of nature.
Seven months later, after countless interviews, miles hiked, driven and paddled, time often shared with his daughter, Amy, he came home transformed.
More than a "reporter's notebook" Carrier's letters reveal the impact the region had on him over the course of Yellowstone's four seasons. Whether hiking through grizzly country at night in search of medical help for a gravely ill colleague, or challenging the Grand Teton, Carrier's adventures will convince you that he was hardly a dispassionate correspondent. His letters demonstrate that the value of places such as Yellowstone may lie in the ways they transform all of us into more conscientious defender of the wild.
Where does it come from? Picture shrimp boats dragging nets through the bounty off U.S. coasts. It's a romantic, satisfying image that once was true. No more.
Today, 90 percent of shrimp consumed in the U.S. is raised in "farms" - a nostalgic term for salt-water feedlots that girdle the equator, from Central and South America, to Southeast Asia. Most of these "farms" use poisons and antibiotics in an unregulated marketplace that has destroyed coastal habitat, polluted rivers, and even killed workers who toil to feed the demand.
In this first expose of the shrimp industry, investigative reporter Jim Carrier peels open the attractive packs of seafood sold in grocery stores, explores the kitchens of famous restaurants, and traces the history of shrimp from fancy cocktails to cheap, all-you-can eat buffets. Along the way, he sounds a warning to shrimp consumers to ask questions, read labels, and avoid shrimp from certain sources. In other words, not all shrimp are alike.
This primer, originally published in Orion magazine, was chosen for the book, "Best American Science and Nature Writing 2010," and is now available in this concise history and guide for seafood lovers worldwide.