Reading Matters

‘Shark Tooth Hunting on the Carolina Coast’

Charlotte poet Helen Copeland used to call me when she returned from her winter home in Venice, Fla.

I always asked what her schedule was like during her stay, and what she told me made me itch to comb a beach.

She wrote poetry all morning, she said. Each afternoon, she walked the beach -- scouring for shark’s teeth.

Now here’s “Shark Tooth Hunting on the Carolina Coast” (Pineapple Press, $10.95) by Ashley Oliphant of Denver (N.C.) , a Pfeiffer University English prof, who says she found her first shark’s tooth at age 14 at Windy Hill Beach, S.C.

She and Copeland share an obsession I could easily fall into. And if I do, this book will travel with me to whatever beach I explore.

The color photographs are gorgeous. There’s an index, and there’s even information on the North Carolina Fossil Club.

If you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ll want this book.