With literally hundreds of miles of seashore Long Island Beaches present a magnificent opportunity for beachcombing and collecting seashells.
Unlike popular tourist beaches in other parts of the world which are constantly picked clean, a walk along one of Long Island’s beaches can yield an amazing quantity and variety of seashells and other “things” from the ocean.
And, if you’re curious about what exactly you’ve come home with after a day of beachcombing, then 1001 Questions Answered About the Seashore is the book for you.
This is not a new book to me and has actually been kicking around my home library for years. I’m not sure, but I think I picked it up at the ranger station at Sailor’s Haven one summer.
Every summer it somehow finds its way from the bookshelf onto my coffee table. It stays there at the ready until sometime in late fall when summer is swept away by the brisk autumn winds and my trips to the beach are far less frequent. Then, seemingly all by itself, it makes its way back to the shelf.
1001 Questions Answered About the Seashore is a Dover reprint of the original which was first published in 1957. 1957 may sound like a long time ago, but since life evolves on a very slow time scale, the information is still valid.
If you’ve read my other book reviews, you’ll know that I’m fond of pick-it-up-and-start-anywhere kind of books. This is one of them.
The book is very simply organized in Q & A format. Starting from question #1 and ending at #1105 1001 Questions Answered About the Seashore is a non-stop adventure at the beach and ocean.
Some of the questions have startling answers:
A clam that drills holes in solid rock? I am simply amazed by that.
And some of the answers are profound:
Every time I read the answer to question #1 I want to go to the beach.
1001 Questions Answered About the Seashore is not specifically about Long Island beaches, but the book covers the topic so well that every Long Island beach lover should have a copy.
The book is illustrated with ink drawings and black and white pictures.
Although the illustrations and photos are adequate, I do wish the book had more of them.
1001 Questions Answered About the Seashore
N.J. Berrill and Jacquelyn Berrill
Dover Publications, 1976
5¼ x 8¼
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