I just finished The Big Oyster, History on the Half Shell by Mark Kurlansky. Liked it. The book goes into great detail on the history of oysters in New York. Most of it could be condensed to saying that oysters were long an inexpensive food in New York. Early chapters talk a little about oysters in general. Oysters, for instance, are the major food that most people eat while it’s still alive. I had never thought of it that way, and wish I could unread that sentence. The later chapters cover how the New York oyster beds were eventually destroyed by pollution. If you have an interest in New York City history or the seafood industry you should be able to pull something out of this book.