A Silent Tide,
by William E Johnson
Copyright 2013

A Silent Tide is the national award winning debut novel by local author, Bill Johnson, that brings to life the story of the 2007 murder that racially rocked Mathews, Virginia. One half Michener's "Chesapeake" and one-half "To Kill a Mockingbird", A Silent Tide is a first class page turner that blends all of the sights and sounds of life on the Chesapeake into the world of violence, drug smuggling and corruption that threatens the life of attorney David Forbes in his quest to defend his client. Winner of the 2014 National Indie Excellence Award for best legal thriller in the country.


The Disappearing Islands of the Chesapeake,
by William B. Cronin
Johns Hopkins University Press (2005)

Until 1900, scientists estimate, the water level of the Chesapeake Bay rose at the rate of three feet every thousand years. In the 20th century, however, it rose by one foot, causing the Bay's islands and shoreline to diminish or disappear altogether. William B. Cronin, a retired oceanographer who first conducted research on the bay in the 1950s, here supplies a survey of the changing fortunes of these forty-odd islands, from Garrett in the north to Gwynn and James islands to the south. (Cronin spent his career with the Johns Hopkins Chesapeake Bay Institute, over the years contributing many articles to Chesapeake Bay Magazine.)

Life in the Chesapeake Bay,
by Alice Jane Lippson and Robert L. Lippson
Johns Hopkins University Press (1997 2nd edition)

The classic guide to the plants and animals of the Chesapeake Bay. A scientific approach in layman's language. Many illustrations.

Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay,
by William W. Warner Little Brown (1976)

William Warner exhibits his skill as a naturalist and as a writer in this Pulitzer Prize-winning study of the pugnacious Atlantic blue crab and of its Chesapeake Bay territory. A classic.

Chesapeake: Exploring the Water Trail of Captain John Smith,
by John Page Williams National Geographic Society (2006)

This richly illustrated, informative, and inviting book by Chesapeake Bay Magazine contributing writer and Chesapeake Bay Foundation naturalist John Page Williams intertwines two fascinating stories of discovery. The first recounts Captain John Smith's exploration of Chesapeake Bay 400 years ago; the second revisits this stunning landscape as it is today-both to showcase its still-unspoiled splendors and to issue a timely warning of looming threats to its vibrant but fragile ecology. Includes dozens of full-color contemporary photographs as well as a wide-ranging selection of archival images.

Also by JP Williams:

Exploring the Chesapeake in Small Boats,
with b/w photos by William S. Portlock
Tidewater Publishers (1992)

The Nanticoke: Portrait of a Chesapeake River,
photographs by David W. Harp
Johns Hopkins University Press (2008)

Chesapeake: Bay of Light: An Exploration of the Chesapeake Bay's Wild and Forgotten Places, 
essays by Tom Horton, photos by Ian Plant
Mountain Trail Press (2007)

Chesapeake Almanac, Following the Bay through the Seasons,
with illustrations by alice Jane Lippson
Tidewater Publishers (1993)

Speaking of Captain John Smith's voyages on the Bay, this book following the explorer's footsteps to capture the wild beauty and hidden and forgotten locales still to be found. Tom Horton's essays speak to the harrowing plight of the Bay and the recent attempts at resuscitation.

Also by Tom Horton:

An Island Out of Time: A Memoir of Smith Island in the Chesapeake, by Tom Horton
Vintage Press (1997)

A Bay classic, this is Horton's thoughtful record of the period he and his family spent on Smith Island.

Water's Way: Life Along the Chesapeake, photographs by David W. Harp 
Johns Hopkins University Press (2000)

Turning the Tide: Saving the Chesapeake Bay, by Tom Horton

Island Press (2003)


Chesapeake Bay Cooking,
by John Shields
Broadway Press (1998)

It's all here: crabs, oysters, seafood, soups and stews, chicken and game birds, meat and game... all the way to desserts, pickles, and preserves. This is the companion book to the public television series, Chesapeake Bay Cooking.

The Flavor of the Chesapeake Bay Cookbook, by Whitey Schmidt
Marian Hartnett Press (1994)

Also by Whitey Schmidt:

Chesapeake Bay Soups
Marian Hartnett Press (2007)

Chesapeake Bay Crabbiest Cookbook
Marian Hartnett Press (2000)


Chesapeake Bay in the Civil War,
by Eric Mills
Tidewater Publishers (1996)

Blockade runners, smugglers, gunboats and street-brawlers, this is the chronicle of the armies and ironclads that did battle on the Bay during the Civil War.

Shipwrecks on the Chesapeake: Maritime Disasters on Chesapeake Bay and its Tributaries,
by Donald G. Shomette
Tidewater Publishers (2007)

Tobacco Coast: A Maritime History of Chesapeake Bay in the Colonial Era, by Arthur Pierce Middleton
Johns Hopkins University Press (1984)

First published in the 1950s, this is a classic maritime history of the earliest years of Maryland and Virginia, of how the Chesapeake Bay shaped the society and economy of an entire region.