Full Fathom Five: Ocean Warming and a Father’s Legacy
By Gordon Chaplin (Arcade Publishing, $25)
Don’t let the subtitle throw you off. Yes, the framework for this noteworthy memoir is the return of journalist and conservationist Gordon Chaplin to his childhood home in the Bahamas to see how the marine life is faring 50 years after his father’s landmark scientific study, Fishes of the Bahamas. But at its heart, this is an achingly beautiful tale of longing: for a father’s approval, a mother’s affection, a love lost at sea and the serene beauty of the underwater world, as it was in Chaplin’s childhood and remains in his memories.