Author: Peter Heller
Can a man drop everything in the middle of his life, pick up a surfboard and, apprenticing himself to local masters, learn to ride a big, fast wave in six months?
Can he learn to finally love and commit to someone else? The answers are in "Kook: What Surfing Taught Me about Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave".
It just won a starred review from Publisher's Weekly, which called it a "powerful memoir about love: of a woman, of living, of the sea."
Peter Heller is a longtime contributor to NPR, and a contributing editor at Outside Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, and Men's Journal. He is an award winning adventure writer and the author of four books of literary nonfiction. He lives in Denver.
Heller was born and raised in New York. He attended high school in Vermont and Dartmouth College in New Hampshire where he became an outdoorsman and whitewater kayaker.
He traveled the world as an expedition kayaker, writing about challenging descents in the Pamirs, the Tien Shan mountains, the Caucuses, Central America and Peru.