Give the Gift of the Seashore with Beach: A Book of Treasure8:14 am
Some books draw you in right away.
Josie Iselin's Beach: A Book of Treasure got me right away.
Although I've never lived near the sea's edge, I feel the power that water delivers. All that life in there, how could it not?
But it's Iselin's striking images that make them come off the page. Perhaps it's her method of using a flatbed scanner to make her photographic images that makes them so lifelike.
What I like most about the book is that it's snippets, a deconstruction if you will, of the contents of the beach - water worn glass and stones, seaweed and various creatures along the way. I also appreciate that she writes in a very personal fashion about her beach experiences as well as informing the reader to the more scientific nature of the beach:
"When on the beach of her beloved Pawleys Island, South Carolina, my grandmother preferred to build a sand mermaid instead of the traditional sandcastle. It was a yearly project and we cousins all assisted."
The images and stories will stay with you long after you've finished the last page. Beach: A Book of Treasure is going to be one of my go-to gifts because there is nothing like being at the beach. And if you can't be near one, the next best thing is having it brought to you.