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click to enlarge FIRESIDE DIVER: An Anthology of Diving Adventure
Edited by Bonnie Cardone
326 pages, 5-1/2x8-1/2 inches, paperback, B&W photos
ISBN 1-881652-09-2
Price: $16.95
Many of the world's best known divers share their experiences in this collection of stories of memorable underwater adventures. Encounters with whales, sharks, and giant squid; dives to the USS Monitor and into sunken mine shafts; and unusual situations of all kinds serve as settings for these entertaining tales, where the unexpected is common. Contributors: Dick Anderson, Bonnie Cardone, Ellis Cross, Richard Ellis, Rod Farb, Stephen Frink, Howard Hall, Eric Hanauer, Hillary Hauser, Jack McKenney, Chris Newbert, Carl Roessler, Marty Snyderman, Bob Talbot and Stan Waterman.

About the Author

Bonnie became a certified diver in May 1973 and worked for Skin Diver Magazine from 1976 until January 1999. She started out as an editorial assistant and rose to the position of editor. Along the way she became an underwater and studio photographer. Over the more than 22 years she was employed by the magazine, she wrote more than 900 articles on every possible marine related subject from equipment and dive travel to the Titanic, not only for Skin Diver but also its sister publications, Shark Diver, Western Diver, Bahamas Diver and Cayman Diver. Thousands of her photos were also published in these magazines as well as in equipment catalogues, a diving medicine book, the L.A. Times Magazine and Sports Illustrated.

Bonnie is co-author of Shipwrecks of Southern California, published in 1989 and now out of print, and Fireside Diver, an anthology of dive adventure and humor stories that was first published in 1992 and reprinted in 1995. She has written a column on women diving pioneers for the quarterly magazine of the Historical Diving Society USA since 1993. For the past 10 years, Bonnie has been giving slide presentations at dive shows such as Our World-Underwater, SeaSpace, SeaViews, the Scuba 90 series and at least 25 Southern California dive clubs. In January, Bonnie was named Woman Diver of the Year by the Women's Scuba Association; she received the California Scuba Service Award from St. Brendan Corp. in June. Retired from Skin Diver in January 1999, Bonnie is working on her second mystery novel and writing freelance articles for publications that include Canada's Diver Magazine and California Diving News.

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"...stories for everyone, some happy, some sad, some funny, some dangerous and some, very frightening experiences. It is well written, easy to read and because they are all short stories, you can pick it up and put it down at will, snatching a new encounter whenever you can. I recommend this book to any diver or lovers of oceans, animals and good stories."

-Scuba Diver, Australia

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