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The beauty of the oceans is easy to comprehend while sitting on a beach with toes dug into the sand. But it can be hard to fully understand the importance of oceans from that vantage point. From providing food for communities to serving as the backdrop of adventures, oceans are vital to the wellbeing of our planet and, frankly, our souls. While you’re digging your toes into that beach sand or sitting on an airplane on the way to that beach destination, a book is a great way to learn about our oceans. Here are seven ocean books that showcase both the beauty and necessity of the oceans.
“Convergence: A Voyage Through French Polynesia,” by Sally-Christine Rodgers
Imagine sailing 3,000 nautical miles in 15 days? “Convergence: A Voyage Through French Polynesia” by Sally-Christine Rodgers is an accountant of the author’s epic ocean adventure with her three children around the south seas. Proceeds benefit marine nonprofits.
“In The Heart of the Sea,” by Nathaniel Philbrick
In 1820, the whaleship Essex set sail from Nantucket. It was later repeatedly rammed and sunk by a sperm whale. Sound a bit familiar? In the Heart of the Sea, by Nathaniel Philbrick is the incredible real story of the whaleship Essex that inspired the book you probably read in high school, Moby Dick.
"JAWS," by Peter Benchley
It was the movie that kept us all out of the water, at least briefly. Jaws the movie turns 40 this year and we’re guessing there’s going to be a lot of look-backs at the movie as the June anniversary draws nears. But have you ever read the book that inspired it? Put it in your beach bag.
"The Art of Floating," by Kristin Bair O’Keeffe
This book does a good job of being an easy summer read, but with a bit depth that you’re not embarrassed to be seen reading it. It’s an emotional novel about sorrow and healing set by the sea.
"Gift From The Sea," by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Time by the sea is often the chance for reflection. That’s exactly what Anne Morrow Lindbergh did during a vacation by the sea. Gift From The Sea is a classic that never goes out of style. Lindbergh shares her thoughts on love, marriage, peace and solitude.
“I’m Not a Plastic Bag,” by Rachel Hope Allison
This wordless graphic novel follows the path of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. In the novel the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a trash monster that communicates his loneliness and humankind’s connection with the planet in words from restaurant and name signs.
"Treasure Island," by Robert Louis Stevenson
The ultimate adventure novel, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson is a must read for any ocean adventure lover. A tropical island paradise, pirates—need we say more.