The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean

An uncompelling look at one of the ocean’s more interesting sides, this book falls flat. I enjoyed her look at great white sharks in Devil’s Teeth, but her latest book is more self-obsessed, showing her preening in the sun, grabbing hold of Laird Hamilton as they jetski through big waves, seriously into how her cheekbones look (don’t peep at the author’s photo unless you’ve steeled yourself). If I can boil the book down, it’s “waves are bigger than we thought! 100 footers are common! Surfers love to ride big waves and they travel all around the world in search of them. Surfers are courageous and cool. Scientists study waves, too. Look at me riding the back of Jaws with Laird!”
I heard an unconfirmed rumor that people lost their jobs on the Farallon Islands after allowing her to break the rules and tromp around out there. That may have colored my perspective on this as well.