Praise for Hard-Boiled Anxiety
“Curl up on the analyst’s couch with all your favorite mystery scribes, as Karen Huston Karydes sleuths out the neurotic, personal threads that make up the warp and the weft of their greatest fictions. A dark, yet illuminating read.”
— Kim Cooper, author of The Raymond Chandler Map of Los Angeles and The Kept Girl
“Karen Huston Karydes makes Read More
Chesapeake People looks into the lives of a variety of intriguing citizens who call the Eastern Shore home. Among them are scientists, watermen, an educator, a world class sailor and a minister. Their fascinating stories are not only entertaining but offer insight into a special lifestyle.
Except for four years in the military, Don Parks has lived on the Eastern Shore Read More
Mission Boy tells a little known, true story of early American history. Nearly forty years before the English founded their first permanent colony in the New World, at Jamestown, a small group of Jesuit missionaries sailed north from Havana, Cuba to virtually the same location. Guided by a Native American convert to Christianity whom they called Don Luis, the Jesuits Read More
Based on Renee Robertson’s firsthand experience during the merger of telecom giants MCI and Verizon, and the implosion of WorldCom, this book teaches how internal coaching programs, when executed properly, can retain and develop talent in the face of rapid change and many unknowns. Part autobiography, part how-to manual and workbook, The Coaching Solution provides corporate managers, executives and coaches Read More
In his ninth book, Whitey Schmidt – the man dubbed the Blue Crab Guru by Chesapeake Bay Magazine – delivers pleasure on the half shell. His unique take on popular Bay country oyster dishes like stew, oysters Rockefeller and fritters will electrify your palate and delight your guests. Join Whitey as he explores not only great recipes, but the vibrant Read More
The Lord’s Oysters was nationally acclaimed when first published in 1957 by Atlantic/Little, Brown. While presented as a novel, it captures with vivid fidelity the life of the Chesapeake watermen and their families in the early 20th century.
“This is literally a wonderful book. The wonder is that of a boy, Noah Marlin, growing up along the Chester River near the Read More
The New River is one of the most changeable and fickle rivers on the East Coast and also one of the most beautiful and rewarding. It attracts anglers, canoeists, kayakers, rafters, bird watchers, rock climbers, and those who simply enjoy the great outdoors. Bruce Ingram’s New River Guide provides an indispensable overview of this untamed and scenic waterway as it winds through Read More
NEW FOR 2015 – THIRD EDITION
The James River is Virginia’s premier river for recreation – and Bruce Ingram’s James River Guide is the key to enjoying it, whether you are an angler, kayaker, rafter or bird watcher. 29 locator maps provide vital information on the river, all the way from its headwaters near Iron Gate to the dramatic fall line at Richmond.
The Read More
Poet and novelist Susan Yaruta-Young tells the always charming, sometimes spooky story of a family outing on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
When Fred takes stepsons Max and Charles to Elliott Island for a day of crabbing, none of them are expecting to encounter anything out of the ordinary. But all bets are off when you drive out that long narrow Read More
Welcome to Oysterback – the sleepy town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore that’s been misplaced by mapmakers and forgotten by time, but still fondly remembered by legions of readers. Once you find yourself in Oysterback, you may never want to leave. Nothing beats Desiree Grinch’s corn soup at the Blue Crab Tavern. There’s never a wait at The Curl Up ‘N Read More
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Four Hundred Years of History
Secant Publishing was founded to honor and deepen the rich heritage of literature from, of, and about the Eastern Shore of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia — often called Delmarva — that fat apostrophe of land that both separates and connects Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay and Virginia Capes.
Known best by many for its idyllic beaches and coves, oysters and blue crabs, the Eastern Shore is also a fertile hatchery for great books. It has nurtured and inspired four centuries’ worth of literature, from the 17th century travel chronicles of Captain John Smith to 20th century works by John Barth, Katherine Paterson, Christopher Tilghman, Marguerite Henry, James Michener, Helen Chappell, and William Warner, among many others who might be named.
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