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Trawler: A Journey through the North Atlantic by Redmond O'Hanlon
Redmond O'Hanlon is a travel writer whose trips are usually off the beaten path. In Trawler, he joins the crew of a fishing boat. Actually, it's a trawler converted to become a fishing vessel and the debt incurred during that conversion sends to boat into the North Atlantic during a near hurricane while other boats are racing for port. The trip begins with O'Hanlon terribly seasick as the ship lurches through the tall waves and rough seas, but he eventually finds his sea legs and helps the crew of five fill the hull with all kinds of deep sea fish. He records the odd fish with drawings and photographs and documents the crew's attempts to avoid being swept overboard after consecutive sleepless nights. Trawler is both a documentary of these men at sea and a hilarious look at a fish out of water, and it's received positive reviews. The New York Times says, "Although Trawler is ostensibly an adventure book, it is also one of the most thrilling and inspiring books about science that I've ever read. I came away dreaming of inviting O'Hanlon along on my next trip."