What do you do when you’re looking for a good pickleball read? Until now much of what’s available to read about our favorite sport has been non-fiction. Not that that’s a bad thing, but other sports have their fiction offerings as well (Golf in the Kingdom comes to mind).
Still, there hasn’t been that much fiction written pickleball. Not ’til now (well, next month). Not until the publication of The Fish Finder Chronicles, Volume One, Arriving through Pickleball) which will be available for purchase on Amazon in May, 2018. (However, since you’re an impatient sort, you can download and read a couple of sample chapters here.) We’re told it’s a fun read, and a few have said they even learned something new about pickleball just by reading it.
Which (jumping around a bit) isn’t to say that non-fiction pickleball books are dry and dull. They’re just like any grouping; some are more fun than others. Straight-up instruction books can be dry as the red-rock dust in the hills of St. George, others can convey the instruction with humor and a lighter touch. For all of its’ being a bit dated by now, The Official Pickleball Handbook by Mark “Yoda” Friedenberg is one that is genuinely fun to read, and we have two signed copies of it to prove the point. (Very few pickleball books compell both Irene and AJ to have their own copies but this one does.) Another delightful book that’s stood the test of time is Gale Leach’s The Art of Pickleball, which has been a bestseller in the genre since 2005. There are more contemporary instructional pickleball books that are good as well, our personal favorite being Prem Carnot’s excellent work which map a path for taking your pickleball skills to the next level, Smart Pickleball: The Pickleball Guru’s Guide. Of course we’re aware of others, have read most (and do like some) but these three are our personal favorites in the instructional vein.
Still, we’re hoping that our readers go further and try The Fish Finder Chronicles on for size. Fiction has allowed us to circumvent libel laws and show a lot of our favorite p-ball characters dealing with our game in decidedly different (and, we hope, enjoyable to read about) ways. For us, we’ve enjoyed the process thoroughly, (even though we are now ready for a much-deserved nap). But after our nap we’d enjoy hearing what you think about the book.
(Ed. note: The Fish Finder Chronicles, Volume 1: Arriving through Pickleball is available on Amazon in both paperback and e-book.)