I saw this book today and instantly picked it up. It’s a book by Mark Kurlansky called The Big Oyster┬áthat delves into NYC history as told through the life of the oyster. In many ways, it reminds me of Rats, another book I highly recommend that tells of NYC history in a truly unique way — through the evolution and immigration of the rat species.

The Big Oyster uses the humble oyster to tell of how the city got its start as one of the biggest exporters of oyster in the country and how this simple sea creature ended up shaping the city for better and for worse.

Interested? You can pick up this title here for $12.