There’s a Lobster Loose!

secret life of lobstersLately, walking around the library, I’ve become aware of lots of beady little eyes peering at me from the shelves, and snapping claws reaching out. For some reason the past year or so has seen a strange red tide of books with lobsters on their covers. Not cookbooks, but novels – oddball comic novels in particular. I mentioned this to Trevor Corson, author of The Secret Life of Lobsters, and he agrees: “This is very funny …  and weird; some sort of mysterious force must be at work.” Take a look:

The Secret Life of Lobsters by Trevor Corson.  Everything you ever wanted to know about lobsters, but were afraid to ask, (even if you never did want to know anything about lobsters).



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Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace. Erudite essays on a wide range of topics, new bedlamfrom 9/11 to porn to- yes – lobster. 

New Bedlam by Bill Flanagan. Smart satire in which hot shot TV exec Bobby Kahn is marooned in a small Rhode Island town with three channels, one of which is devoted to comic books. Carl Hiaasen North.

Atomic Lobster by Tim Dorsey. The tenth raucous, raunchy adventure of atomic lobster book coverhomicidal maniac Serge Storms. Carl Hiaasen on speed. 


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Bobbie Faye’s Very (Very, Very, Very) Bad Day by Toni McGee Causey. Comic mystery about the misadventures of a kickass ex-beauty queen’s misadventures on both sides of the law. Okay, sure – Carl Hiaasen in Louisiana.

The Marriage of True Minds by Stephen Evans. A great oddball tale about lawyers Lena and Nick, and the difficulty of loving an animal rights activist given to crazy stunts like filling the mayor’s swimming pool marriage of true minds book coverwith lobsters.stern men book cover


Stern Men by Elizabeth Gilbert. A wry, quirky story in the vein of John Irving, about two remote fishing villages in Maine and one woman’s effort to put an end to their centuries-old feud. 

Honorable Mentions:

Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’Nan

The Lobster War by Ethan Howland

Red Lobster, White Trash, and the Blue Lagoon by Joe Queenan

Lobsters: Gangsters of the Sea by Mary Cerullo

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One Response to There’s a Lobster Loose!

  1. Wally says:

    Samuel Beckett’s long story (or short novel) Dante and the Lobster. The library has it within the collection More Pricks than Kicks. The main character spends a day trying to acquire a lobster for his aunt, who then ruins his day by promptly boiling the live creature.

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