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It be "International Talk Like a Pirate Day," me hardies. And tonight I will swash my buckle and down my grog with my maties. In honor of this most holiest holy days, here be a book list for you:
Pirates! by Celia Rees: An oldie, but goodie much beloved by the HTC.
Sea Queens: Women Pirates Around the World by (amazing, wonderful, just not enough adjectives to describe her) Jane Yolen because male pirates shouldn't have all the fun. Read this in conjunction with Seafaring Women: Adventures of Pirate Queens, Female Stowaways, and Sailors' Wives by David Cordingly.
The Pirate Life by "Chumbucket" Baur and "Cap'n Slappy" Summers: The men who (un)intentionally brought us Talk Like a Pirate Day.
The Pirate Primer by George Choundas, so you be speaking the pirate speak while you be living the pirate life.
The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down by Colin Woodard. The sub title be saying it all.
The Sea Rover's Practice by Benerson Little. How else will you learn how to pillage your enemies and come along a victim ship?
To Catch a Pirate by Jade Parker: Swashbuckling, treasure and romance.
The History of Pirates by Angus Konstam et al. A bargain book that is no longer in print, it still has the pedigree of an author who used to run the armory for the Tower of London and the Key West Maritime Museum.
And although they are not out yet...
In November, Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved Out an Empire in the N World in Their Quest for Treasure, Religious Freedom--and Revenge by Edward Kritzler. Two words: Pirate Rabbis.
In February 2009, The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King. Go visit the official website.