FIRESIDE DIVER: An Anthology of Diving Adventure
Edited by Bonnie Cardone
326 pages, 5-1/2x8-1/2 inches, paperback, B&W photos
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
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.
Link to the author's website:
"...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