Searching for Steinbeck's Sea of Cortez by Andromeda Romano-Lax
A Makeshift Expedition Along Baja's Desert Coast

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Andromeda Romano-Lax, with her husband and two children, set out to explore the dazzling waters of the Sea of Cortez in a 24-foot sailboat. Inspired by Steinbeck’s famous 1940 book The Log from the Sea of Cortez, the author quickly proves herself an experienced and lyrical guide to one of North America’s most unusual and rugged places. Her vivid descriptions of the abundant marine life turn readers into armchair naturalists. An encounter with a mentally unbalanced skipper, a baseball game with local villagers, and a kayaking trip in a violent storm are among the adventures — and misadventures — Romano-Lax chronicles here. Including a map, a delightful blend of adventure, science, and philosophy, Searching for Steinbeck’s Sea of Cortez is a memorable trip to some of the most biologically diverse waters in the world.

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Andromeda Ramona-Lax was born in Chicago in 1970. Her first novel, The Spanish Bow, was translated into eleven languages and was chosen as a New York Times Editors' Choice, BookSense pick, and one of Library Journal's Best Books of the Year. Ramona-Lax is also the author of the novel The Detour and her nonfiction works include a dozen travel and natural history guidebooks.
Published August 9, 2002 by Sasquatch Books. 288 pages
Genres: Travel. Non-fiction

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Romano-Lax is a sharp delineator, whether seeing the water's surface as turquoise-tinted mercury or musing on Steinbeck's musings: “They were just fishing: putting out a long line into the dreamy current, to see what might bite.” The environmental picture of the Sea of Cortez is nowhere near comp...

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This book recounts the April-June 2000 journey by journalist/ writer Andromeda Romano-Lax in an attempt to retrace collecting voyage made by John Steinbeck and his friend Ed Ricketts in 1940 as they explored the Sea of Cortez in Baja, California.

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