Tiggie by Charles "Tiggie" Peluso

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"Winner of the IPPY North-East Best Regional Nonfiction Bronze Medal.

Tiggie: The Lure and Lore of Commercial Fishing in New England begins more than 30 years ago in a remote cove on Cape Cod’s Pleasant Bay. Macfarlane, a young marine biologist newly deputized by the Orleans shellfish warden, gathers up her courage to confront one of the Cape’s crustiest, crankiest commercial fishermen, a local legend named Tiggie Peluso. It’s more than a contest between youth and age, or rules and reason, or book knowledge and hard-earned practical experience. It’s a clash of two strong wills and two warring cultures – a bucolic, rustic Cape Cod that is in the process of changing beyond recognition, and an industry that is losing its past under a tsunami of foreign competition, legalisms and new technology.In Tiggie we hear both their voices. Tiggie’s personal stories about fishing in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s are at once poignant, matter-of-fact and haunting in his appreciation of the beauty around him, and reverence for all life, especially in the sea. We meet his crew mates and friends, learn about their idiosyncrasies and their humanness, their struggles to make ends meet, their financial binges in good times. We come to understand their disdain for those who try to regulate what they do, their less-than-perfect relationships with women and, above all, their love of the life they have chosen.Sandy Macfarlane is the author of Rowing Forward, Looking Back, a chronicle of life in a small coastal community bombarded by development pressures. She and Tiggie, now both retired, met regularly at the local coffee shop over several years. Their breakfast conversations and Tiggie’s stories interweave past and present and the threads of their very different lives.Tiggie is more than a memoir or a how-to book, but it combines the virtues of each. With detailed insights into the catching of fish and moving reflections on the beauty of the rituals, the surroundings, the characters, it captures the moments and the moods of a vanishing way of life."

About Charles "Tiggie" Peluso

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Sandy Macfarlane spent summers on Cape Cod, moving there permanently after graduation from the University of Massachusetts. She later earned a masters degree in resource management and administration from Antioch New England Graduate School. She became the first municipal shellfish biologist in Massachusetts working in Orleans and the first Conservation Administrator for the Town. As a shellfish officer, she enforced shellfish regulations, often butting heads with commercial fishermen such as Tiggie. Her first book, Rowing Forward, Looking Back: Shellfish and the Tides of Change on Cape Cod, received high praise for her ability to infuse "personality with science and to demystify the complex biological processes that unfold in the marine environment." She is past president of the New England Estuarine Research Society and member of the National Shellfisheries Association. After retirement from the Town, she founded a consulting company, Coastal Resource Specialists, specializing in shellfish and sustainability issues. Her collaboration with Tiggie proved to be an ironic twist of fate. ABOUT THE AUTHORSTiggie Peluso arrived on Cape Cod in 1946 after serving in the Army in World War II, to begin a career in commercial fishing. He became proficient in four separate types of fishing - longlining for cod, haddock and halibut; shellfishing for scallops, quahaugs, and clams; rod and reel and flyfishing for striped bass; and fresh water fishing - an unusual achievement. He was one of the founding members and president of the Chatham Seafood Coop, the second largest fisherman's cooperative in New England. Forty years after dictating stories about his early fishing experiences that were later transcribed, he decided to collaborate with Sandy Macfarlane, a local author, with whom he had shared shellfish experiences - on opposite sides of the law - in the 1970's and 80's. He passed away in 2008.
Published November 11, 2008 by iUniverse. 319 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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