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Mark Kurlansky Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Big Oyster (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Battle Fatigue (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

The White Man in the Tree and Other Stories (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Edible Stories (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
City Beasts (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

The Cod's Tale (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl Who Swam to Euskadi (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Story of Salt (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
World Without Fish (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

A Continent of Islands (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Chosen Few (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cod (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Fish Tale (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Basque History of the World (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Choice Cuts (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Salt (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
1968 (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nonviolence (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Eastern Stars (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
What? Are These the 20 Most Important Questions in Human History or Is This a Game of 20 Questions? (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Birdseye (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ready for a Brand New Beat (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
International Night (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Frozen in Time (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Paper (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Havana (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Milk! (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bugs In Danger (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Salmon (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Unreasonable Virtue of Fly Fishing (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Importance of Not Being Ernest (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Big Lies: From Socrates to Social Media (With: Eric Zelz) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Core of an Onion (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Food of a Younger Land Books

The Food of a Younger Land: A Portrait of American Food (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Food of a Younger Land: The South Eats (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Food of a Younger Land: The Far West Eats (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Food of a Younger Land: The Middle West Eats (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Food of a Younger Land: The Southwest Eats (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Food of a Younger Land: The Northeast Eats (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Jewish Lives Books

Medallions (By: Diana Kuprel,Zofia Nalkowska) (1946)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sarah: The Life of Sarah Bernhardt (By: Robert Gottlieb) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moses Mendelssohn (By: Shmuel Feiner) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Emma Goldman (By: Vivian Gornick) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hank Greenberg (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Solomon (By: Steven Weitzman) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Leon Trotsky (By: Joshua Rubenstein) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Franz Kafka (By: Saul Friedländer) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Walther Rathenau (By: Shulamit Volkov) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moshe Dayan (By: Mordechai Bar-On) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jacob (By: Yair Zakovitch) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel (By: Annie Cohen-Solal) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bernard Berenson (By: Rachel Lara Cohen) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Primo Levi (By: Berel Lang) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Becoming Freud (By: Adam Phillips) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lillian Hellman (By: Dorothy Gallagher) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rav Kook (By: Yehudah Mirsky) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jabotinsky (By: Hillel Halkin) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
David (By: David J. Wolpe) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Leonard Bernstein (By: Allen Shawn) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ben-Gurion (By: Anita Shapira) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mark Rothko (By: Annie Cohen-Solal) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Einstein (By: Steven Gimbel) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Léon Blum (By: Pierre Birnbaum) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Peggy Guggenheim (By: Francine Prose) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Proust (By: Benjamin Taylor) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Groucho Marx (By: Lee Siegel) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Disraeli (By: David Cesarani) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Barbra Streisand (By: Neal Gabler) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Louis D. Brandeis (By: Jeffrey Rosen) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moses (By: Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Warner Bros (By: David Thomson) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Steven Spielberg (By: Molly Haskell) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hayim Nahman Bialik (By: Avner Holtzman) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Yitzhak Rabin (By: Itamar Rabinovich) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rabbi Akiva (By: Barry W. Holtz) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Julius Rosenwald (By: Hasia R. Diner) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Harvey Milk (By: Lillian Faderman) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gershom Scholem (By: David Biale) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Menasseh ben Israel (By: Steven Nadler) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jerome Robbins (By: Wendy Lesser) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ben Hecht (By: Adina Hoffman) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Martin Buber (By: Paul Mendes-Flohr) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alfred Stieglitz (By: Phyllis Rose) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karl Marx (By: Shlomo Avineri) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Irving Berlin (By: James Kaplan) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Theodor Herzl (By: Derek J. Penslar) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Houdini (By: Adam Begley) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stan Lee (By: Liel Leibovitz) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stanley Kubrick (By: David Mikics) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Heinrich Heine (By: George Prochnik) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bugsy Siegel (By: Michael Shnayerson) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Man Ray (By: Arthur Lubow) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Judah Benjamin (By: James Traub) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Abraham Joshua Heschel (By: Julian E. Zelizer) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Admiral Hyman Rickover (By: Marc Wortman) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Becoming Elijah (By: Daniel C. Matt) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ruth (By: Ilana Pardes) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sidney Reilly (By: Benny Morris) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Arthur Miller (By: John Lahr) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mel Brooks (By: Jeremy Dauber) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maimonides (By: Alberto Manguel) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elie Wiesel (By: Joseph Berger) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amos Oz (By: Robert Alter) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Mark Kurlansky is an American author of history, science, fiction and nonfiction books. His book, Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World was an international hit becoming a bestseller and translated into over 15 languages. Mark Kurlansky book Nonviolence won the 2007 Dayton Literary Peace Prize.
The author was born and raised in Connecticut. He graduated with a BA in 1970 and worked as a playwright in New York. The author worked several other jobs including dock worker, as a commercial fisherman, a pastry chef a cook and a paralegal.

In the 1970s the Mark Kurlansky turned to journalism and became a foreign international correspondent for The Chicago Tribune, The International Herald Tribune, and The Miami Herald. His work has appeared in a variety of magazines and newspapers and has authored over 31 books including nonfiction, fiction, and children’s books.


Salt: A World History is a fascinating story of a commonly overlooked seasoning. Because of its availability and affordability, it’s obvious that we tend to forget that empires rose and fall, wars were fought and wealth accumulated and lost because of salt.
The author goes ahead to mention that salt was the main ingredient in some major historical such as Gandhi’s in India, the American and the French revolutions.

Some of the oldest methods of salt collection, for example filling a jar with brine and letting the water evaporate until salt is collected have been implemented for thousands of years. On large scale production, brine would be pumped into artificial ponds and left for months to evaporate.

This early form of a salt, despite its shortcomings, was prized and served as a means of trade and was exchanged for other goods. Near Salzburg, a collapse of mountain led to the discovery of three salt miners dating back to 400BC. These were Gauls “Salt people” who traveled out as far as possible in search of Asian mines.

After defeating the Gauls, the Roman Empire declared common salt as a right to all the citizens. Most Italian cities were based along salt works.
Salt played a vital role in Roman culture such that two popular words in English are still used today. For example, salary is a word originating from Romans paying their workers in salt. Additionally, the word salad comes from the habit of Romans salting their bitter green veggies to moderate the taste.
The Venetian city was built on salt. The traders discovered that trading salt was way profitable than harvesting salt, and thus they outsourced salt production to Chinese, Indians and others. All salt supplied had to pass through government regulations, and more money came in the Venetian navy doubled, and their forces would patrol the Mediterranean searching for illegal salt trade.

Salt played an important role in the American Revolution as well. After Liverpool salt supply was cut off, a patent for salt refinement was issued in the United States. George Washington engaged in several battles to secure and hold salt productions locations and supplies.

Salt always has and will always be an important part of human history. Without salt, human health suffers. How much and how bad it is for a person depends on the person’s locale.


In his book Cod, Mark Kurlansky presents to his readers the cod, and it’s crucial to world history in an educative and entertaining manner.

Many of us think of the Cod as nothing but a fish that gets cooked by humans and served with green peas and potatoes, but there’s more to this creature than meets the eye.

Industry and politics play a crucial role in the discovery and the ongoing exploration and exploitation of the fish. The author offers interesting insights that will keep young hooked from the first page to the last.

Codfish have not only been fished for a thousand years, but they’re also one of the most sought after fish for their all-around nature. Well, before people discovered the art of refrigeration, fishers discovered that salting the fish not only added some flavor but also gave the fish a unique ruggedness. This allowed the fish to last longer and hence could be transported and stored for months making it very profitable in the business world.

Throughout his book, the author shows how salted cod came on demand all around the world and not only for its tasty fillets but most each part of the fish. From their heads, livers and even their skin, cod is one of the versatile fish even on today’s market.

Kurlansky at one point discusses why Cod bones are popular amongst the Icelandic population. Cod is not only a form of food, for some folks it’s a way of life. The author explores the fishermen’s lives and showcases how the communities would rely on the big catches that came with the fishermen off the coast.
The author further discusses the importance of the fish to New England, Newfoundland (Canada) and Iceland. Livelihoods heavily relied on the cod sold on the open air markets as there are many parts of the world where the fish is not plentiful, but it’s highly sought after as staple food.

The author further examines how overfishing has led to the depletion of the cods population. For example, this led to multi-generational fishing families to turn for assistance and politics arise when it comes to fishing and those who are lucky to get a bountiful of cod from the waters are most affected.

One would be thoughtless to say that cod are just food because anything that can be sold does have a price tag for profits. The author further explores how years ago explorers would dig deeper into the open water to take advantage of this discovery with the aims of gaining large profit margins.

For example, the Basques capitalized on this for decades thankfully to their strategic position where cod where plentiful. The British Commonwealth built large ships forcing traditional fishermen to send their catches back home to be sold to others without making full profits. But with time other countries managed to build large ships and joined the British in the game. But this only led to a decrease in fish which only led to war between countries.

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