Daneet Steffens
April 04, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

Caught Inside: A Surfer's Year On the California

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Daniel Duane
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it an A

In 1992, nature writer Duane left a dull job in Berkeley and moved to Santa Cruz, where he got to know the California coastline from the perspective of a surfboard. But this is no typical surfer-dude tale: Whether he’s chatting with a physicist buddy about the science of waves, digging deep into a culture that embraces not only Gidget movies but also Mark Twain and Jack London, or just hanging out, Duane’s got a keen eye, plenty of humor, and an unending appreciation of detail. Read Caught Inside for a descriptively stunning slice of America — or just to marvel at Duane’s way with words and waves. A

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