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A Mermaid's Tale

A Personal Search For Love and Lore

Regular price $24.95 CAD
  • ISBN: 9781553653776
  • Tags: Amanda Adams, Biography & Memoir,
  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.75
  • Published On: 3/23/2009
  • 208 Pages
  • ISBN: 9781926812410
  • Tags: Amanda Adams, Biography & Memoir,
  • Published On: 8/31/2006
  • 208 Pages

From the seas of antiquity to the city streets of today, A Mermaid's Tale explores the myth and meanings of the mermaid. Beginning with Melusina, the bathing mermaid par excellence, Amanda Adams goes on to describe the seductive sirens and their honeyed songs, the powerful Arctic sea goddess Sedna, and the long-haired rusalki or Russian lore, among other legendary mermaids. As she tells their stories, she also expresses a love of the mermaid that surely no sea-bound sailor could ever match.

Grounded in cultural anthropology, folklore studies, and intellectual rigor, A Mermaid's Tale also draws on literature, poetry, and mythology for its insights. It is a book filled with depth and detail as it describes Adam's swim through the ocean of her own life in search of the unusual, the beautiful, and the perfectly extraordinary.

Amanda S. Adams is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and holds a Master's degree in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia. She has worked as a fashion model, an archeologist, and a freelance writer and illustrator. She lives in Minneapolis with her brand new husband and their four birds. She is the author of one previous work of nonfiction, A Mermaid's Tale: A Personal Search for Love and Lore. She lives in San Francisco.


"Amanda Adams combines in rare fashion the three roles that Vladimir Nabokov assigned to the writer: storyteller, teacher and enchanter . . . A Mermaid's Tale gives us the poetry of sea creatures: haunting verse, enthralling images and captivating narratives." -Globe & Mail

"An absorbing book that weaves together mermaid mythology, depictions of mermaids in art . . . and [Adam's] own personal 'mermaidenry.'" -Booklist "For those who are yearning for a bit of magic in this grey season, California-based author Amanda Adams brings you A Mermaid's Tale . . . which details her quest for the extraordinary and the beautiful, all the while blending anthropology, literature, poetry and mythology." -Argyle Magazine