Books Chesapeake Requiem A Year With the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island by Earl Swift Hardcover, 434 pages, HarperCollins, List Price: $28.99 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleChesapeake RequiemSubtitleA Year With the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier IslandAuthorEarl Swift Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers NPR Summary Presents a portrait of Chesapeake Bay's 200-year-old Tangier Island crabbing community, describing their isolated and vanishing way of life while explaining how rising sea levels will render the island uninhabitable within 20 years. Genres: Nonfiction History & Society Science & Health Also by Earl Swift The Big Roads Auto Biography Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Chesapeake Requiem NPR Books NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2018's Great Reads November 27, 2018 The Book Concierge is back! Explore more than 300 standout titles picked by NPR staff and critics. Author Interviews 'Chesapeake Requiem' Chronicles Life On An Endangered Island August 27, 2018 Tangier Island, in the Chesapeake Bay, has been home to a small, self-reliant community of watermen for centuries — and now climate change is threatening to swamp the island and its way of life.