The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean (Paperback)

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“Lobster is served three ways in this fascinating book: by fisherman, scientist and the crustaceans themselves. . . . Corson, who worked aboard commercial lobster boats for two years, weaves together these three worlds. The human worlds are surely interesting; but they can’t top the lobster life on the ocean floor.”  — Washington Post

In this intimate portrait of an island lobstering community and an eccentric band of renegade biologists, journalist Trevor Corson escorts the reader onto the slippery decks of fishing boats, through danger-filled scuba dives, and deep into the churning currents of the Gulf of Maine to learn about the secret undersea lives of lobsters.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

About the Author


The author of The Secret Life of Lobsters, Trevor Corson has studied philosophy in China, resided in Buddhist temples in Japan, and worked on commercial fishing boats off the Maine coast. He has written for the Atlantic Monthly and the New York Times and is the only "sushi concierge" in the United States. He lives in New York City.

Praise For…


“In The Secret Life of Lobsters, Trevor Corson opens a portal onto a fascinating underwater world. Fishermen, gourmets, and environmentalists alike take note -- the lobster is a strange and quirky creature, and proof positive that the ocean can be harvested responsibly. One source—comprehensive—Lobster 101!”
Linda Greenlaw, bestselling author of The Lobster Chronicles

The Secret Life of Lobsters is so full of fun and fascination that you’ll be almost embarrassed to think that for all these years all you ever knew about lobsters was how they taste. Lobsters do so many remarkable things that you just might conclude that the differences between people and lobsters are only skin deep. Prepare to awe your friends as you regale them with details from the depths—this book will make you seem a genius at your next summer lawn party.”
Carl Safina, author of Song for the Blue Ocean and Eye of the Albatross

“I believe that cooking is not only a craft but also a sacred art. When we choose to kill and cook a lobster, it can be a way of paying homage to the animal’s life. In The Secret Life of Lobsters, Trevor Corson teaches us that the lobster has its own mysterious habits, sensitivity, and sensibilities, and that it deserves our respect when we bring it to our table.”
Eric Ripert, executive chef and co-owner of Le Bernardin; author of A Return to Cooking and Le Bernardin Cookbook

“Charmingly written, full of fascinating detail: a delight.”
Kirkus Reviews

“[An] intriguing and entertaining book....Fascinating, especially when [Corson] juxtaposes human behavior and descriptions of the social life of lobsters.”
Publishers Weekly

“Corson has skillfully interwoven the biological and personal aspects of these much loved, tasty creatures into an informative and fascinating book.”
Library Journal

“Lobster is served three ways in this fascinating book: by fisherman, scientist and the crustaceans themselves. . . . Corson, who worked aboard commercial lobster boats for two years, weaves together these three worlds. The human worlds are surely interesting; but they can’t top the lobster life on the ocean floor.”
Washington Post

“Ultimately, this investigation into society, science and sustainability leaves a complex, satisfying taste in your mouth”
— Time Out New York

“I can highly recommend this book as one of the best things you can enjoy without melted butter.”
— Natural History magazine

“An affectionate account of the relationship between Homarus americanus, its rocky habitat, and the men and women who brave long days on temperamental seas to earn a livelihood. This is a love story.”
Christian Science Monitor

“[Corson] immediately captures and holds the reader’s attention as he explains how lobsters live in their coastal environment—as learned by scientists, as seen by himself.”
Boston Globe

“A fascinating story, blending science, politics and history...the writing is vivid.”
USA Today

“Corson’s readable portrait braids scientific history with a fisherman’s view of a lobstering town, keeping one foot in the lab, one on the deck, and the other eight in the mysterious deep.”
Boston magazine

“What a great book! This is a charming, funny, warm and informative look at Maine lobsters. . . . Treat yourself to this one—you won’t be sorry.”
Kingston Observer

“By turns astonishing and humorous...The Secret Life of Lobsters is a rollicking oceanic odyssey punctuated by salt spray, melted butter, and predators lurking in the murky depths.”
Marion (OH) Star

“Corson serves up a savory blend of history and science along with a satisfying course of lobster and human behavior.”
Boston Herald

“This book has something for everyone, from behavioral neuroscientists to those interested in the tensions between people who catch lobsters and people who want to preserve their habitat. . . . In the tradition of John McPhee. . . [Corson] seamlessly interweaves tales of lobster biology and ecology with ocean geology and geography, alternating these with sketches of lobstermen and scientists whose livelihoods and careers depend on understanding Homarius americanus.”
Esther Sternberg, Science
Product Details
ISBN: 9780060555597
ISBN-10: 0060555599
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: May 10th, 2005
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: P.S.