ARRRR You Ready to Talk Like a Pirate?

September 13, 2021 – Kayla Thompson, Adult Services

Ahoy! September 19th is international  “Talk Like a Pirate Day.” This holiday was started as a joke by two friends, John Baur and Mark Summers, after one said “Arrrg” after an accidental sports injury in 1995. The two made the joke about “Talk Like a Pirate Day” but it wasn’t made official until the two wrote about it to an American humor columnist,  Dave Barry in 2002. It stuck and has been celebrated internationally ever since.

So, in honor of “Talk Like a Pirate Day,” here are some of the interesting pirate books we have here at the Cape Girardeau Public Library:

Adult Fiction:

We Are Pirates by Daniel Handler
The Shores of Tripoli: Lieutenant Putnam and the Barbary Pirates by James Haley
A Darker Sea: Master Commandant Putnam and the War of 1812 by James Haley
The Pirate Devlin by Mark Keating
Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton 
Captain Blood: His Odyssey by Rafael Sabatini 
The Bloody Black Flag by Steve Goble
The Nature of a Pirate by A.M. Dellamonica 
The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan by Robert Hough 
Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry

Adult Non-Fiction:

Pirates: the Truth Behind the Robbers of the High Seas by Nigel Cawthorne 
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade 
Black Flags, Blue Waters : the Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates by Eric Dolan
Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay: From the Colonial Era to the Oyster Wars by Jamie Goodall 
The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man who Brought them Down by Colin Woodard
Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean by Edward Kritzler 
Pirate Women: the Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers who Ruled the Seven Seas by Laura Duncombe 
The  Pirate Queen: In Search of Grace O’Malley and Other Legendary Women of the Sea by Barbara Sjoholm
The Golden Age of Piracy: the Truth Behind Pirate Myths by Benerson Little
Enemy of All Mankind: a True Story of Piracy, Power, and History’s First Global Manhunt by Steven Johnson 

Teen Fiction: 

The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee
Race to the Bottom of the Sea by Lindsay Eagar

Teen Non-Fiction: 

A Pirate’s Life for She by Laura Duncombe
Flowers in the Gutter: the True Story of the Edelweiss Pirates, Teenagers who Resisted the Nazis by K.R. Gaddy 

Juvenile Fiction:

Pirate Curse by Kai Meyer
Pajama Pirates by Andrew Kramer
The Pirates of Pompeii by Caroline Lawrence
Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carson
Roger, the Jolly Pirate by Brett Helquist
Lintang and the Pirate Queen by Tamara Moss
How to Be a Pirate by Cressida Cowell
All Paws on Deck by Jessica Young
Peter and the Star Catchers by Dave Barry
Princeless vol. 3: the Pirate Princess Jeremy Whitley

Juvenile Non-Fiction:

Pirates by Stewart Ross
Women Pirates: Eight Stories of Adventure by Myra Weatherly
Sea Queens: Women Pirates Around the World by Jane Yolen
A Pirate’s Life for Me! by Julie Thompson
The Book of Pirates: A guide to Plundering, Pillaging, and Other Pursuits by Jamaica Rose
Real Pirates: the Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate by Barry Clifford
Pirate by Ritchard Platt
Pirateology: the sea journal of Captain William Lubber, pirate hunter general, Boston, Massachusetts by Dugald Steer
Who was Blackbeard? By James Buckley 

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