I love books — hardcovers, paperbacks, audio or ebooks for Kindle and iPad — each format has its special virtues. I love narrative nonfiction, classic novels, anthologies, works of scholarship full of marginalia, poetry, children’s picture books and young adult page-turners.
In our family, we jumped into books early, drawn to the promise of magic within. My parents — both journalists — got us writing on typewriters almost before we could walk. My father wrote a political column, TV scripts and campaign speeches for US senators. My mother edited books on Japanese flower arranging. An uncle published a detective novel. One sister wrote a cowgirl novel underneath the kitchen table at age 11; another sister teaches English literature; still another is a poet. Similarly, my children are good writers and, with persistence, some may do it for a living.
Thus surrounded by books and writers past and present, I know that books are the currency of ideas with the power to inform, entertain and persuade — vehicles to foment change. All power to the book!
Books to explore the wild side make good gifts, signed for you, family members or friends
Strange Sea Creatures
Encyclopedia of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises
Creatures of the Deep
Seasons of the Whale – ebook edition
Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises
Whale Watching Blueprint I
Weird Sea Creatures
Orca: The Whale Called Killer
Seasons of the WhaleFrom:
The Earth DwellersFrom: