Thursday, May 25, 2006

Author spotlight: Richard Schweid

I've never read any of Richard Schweid's books -- for that matter if you'd asked me earlier this afternoon if I liked Richard Schweid's books, I would have replied "Who?" -- but a used copy of Consider the Eel (actually, an uncorrected page proof of same) came across my work table today with a bunch of other books, and it caught my eye. It's got history, it's got folklore, it's got nature study, it's got recipes, it's got information on the eel fishing industry, it's got a very extensive bibliography. It's international in scope, with chapters focusing on North Carolina, the Basque country of Spain, Northern Ireland, and "Yankee" country. Some of it comes across as good travel writing, with lively descriptions of people and places. Anyway, like I said, I haven't read it, just glanced through, but it looks interesting.

So I went to see whether it is still in print. It is. And I find that Mr. Schweid has been a busy man, writing about just all kinds of things.

Here's a sampling of some of his books (clicking on a book cover will take you to Barnes & Noble):

Che's Chevrolet, Fidel's Oldsmobile: On the Road in Cuba
Che's Chevrolet, Fidel's Oldsmobile: On the Road in Cuba


Hereafter: The Search for Immortality
Hereafter: The Search for Immortality


Consider the Eel
Consider the Eel


Story of Cajuns and Capsicum: Hot Peppers
Story of Cajuns and Capsicum: Hot Peppers


The Cockroach Papers: A Compendium of History and Lore
The Cockroach Papers: A Compendium of History and Lore


Has anybody read any of these? What did you think?

1 comment:

richard schweid said...

Kathryn: Glad you found the eel book and I hope you enjoy it. I was looking for something and found your blog entry. I lived some years in Portland, Oregon and began writing books there. I now live in Barcelona. Best,
Richard Schweid