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Oyster Industry – Shucked – Book Review

by Gregor Smart

With summer in full swing, it’s time to indulge in my favorite pastime, oysters!  I’ve been reading last year’s Shucked by Erin Byers Murray.  Set in Duxbury, this non-fiction work chronicles the author’s year long odyssey of working for the Island Creek oyster farm after quitting her job at the DailyCandy. It’s a perfect beach read, and it’ll whet your appetite for those briny sea creatures.  For that I recommend stopping by Marliave, one of my favorite local restaurants, where they serve dollar oysters 4-6, 9-10pm daily. 

To learn more about the back-breaking, but rewarding work that goes into bringing fresh oysters to your table, read:



Life on A New England Oyster Farm
Murray, Erin Byers (Book – 2011)
Considering making a career change?  Try our Career Transitions database to search for jobs in the oyster industry:
To find other New England shellfish farms, try using our D&B Million Directory:
Want to learn more about the oyster industry? Try a newspaper/periodical index search using  one of our business electronic databases:
Finally, an interesting history of oysters from 1890:


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