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Kook

(2010)
What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave
A non fiction book by

 
 
Author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Dog Stars

With grit, poetry, and humor, Peter Heller, acclaimed author of The Whale Warriors recounts his remarkable journey of discovery - of surfing, an entirely new challenge; of the ocean's beauty and power; of the strange surf subculture; of love; and, most of all, of how to seek adventure while crafting a meaningful life.

Having resolved to master a big-hollow wave - that is, to go from kook (surfese for beginner) to shredder - in a single year, Heller travels from Southern California down the coast of Mexico in the company of his girlfriend and the eccentric surfers they meet. Exuberant and fearless, Heller explores the technique and science of surfing the secrets of its culture, and the environmental ravages to the stunning coastline he visits.

As Heller plumbs the working of his own heart and finds joy in both love and surfing, he affords readers vivid insight into this fascinating world, with all of its perils and pleasures, its absurdity and wonder. Exhilarating, entertaining, and moving, Kook is a love story between a man and his surfboard, a man and his girlfriend, a not-so-old man and the sea.



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Paperback Editions

July 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Kook: What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave
Author(s): Peter Heller
ISBN: 0-7432-9420-3 / 978-0-7432-9420-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Free Press
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Audio Editions

March 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Kook: What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave
Author(s): Peter Heller
ISBN: 1-5159-0424-5 / 978-1-5159-0424-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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March 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Kook: What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave
Author(s): Peter Heller
ISBN: 1-5159-5424-2 / 978-1-5159-5424-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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March 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Kook: What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave
Author(s): Peter Heller
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

June 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Kook: What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave
Author(s): Peter Heller
Publisher: Free Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA