Voices from the Lower Deck. Folklore and Folkways of the Sea (2019)
"Layton studies the vast culture of past seafarers in this anthropological work…. From jokes and riddles to mutinies and executions, Layton takes readers through an extensive and specific subculture. She writes in a formal but accessible prose style, making her scholarly arguments palatable for a general audience… The overall topic is compelling––literally the stuff of swashbuckling adventure––and Layton finds so many jewels of trivia that the pages sail by… A thoroughly researched and enjoyable exploration of sailor folklore.” (Kirkus Reviews).