Book List: The Wave

by Lindsay Shapka in ,


Waves are not measured in feet and inches, but in increments of fear
— big-wave surfer Buzzy Trent

I will be the first to admit that the science section of the bookstore can be a bit intimidating. Most of the books there are by someone with ‘PhD’ after their name, and are written with words that may as well be Greek to me. 

Luckily, Susan Casey writes in a language that I have no problem understanding. 

In The Wave, Casey (just an author, journalist and the editor in chief of O, The Oprah Magazine), takes readers with her as she travels the globe trying to learn the dangerous secrets of the ocean and the elusive ship-swallowing, hundred foot wave. Her book moves between the unbelievable world of professional surfers — who use experience, instinct, and lessons learned by ancient cultures in order to read the water — and the scientific world, that tries to predict the disturbing wave activity of our ailing planet, using equations and logic. 

Fascinating, terrifying, exciting, enlightening and unbelievable — this read is a ride into a world that will give you a newfound respect for the people that are a part of it. 

Well worth venturing into the science section!