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Born to Fish: How an Obsessed Angler Became the World’s Greatest Striped Bass Fisherman by Tim Gallagher and Greg Myerson

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 224 pages, 2018

On Aug. 4, 2011, Greg Myerson caught an 81-pound, 14-ounce female striped bass off the Connecticut coast, shattering a world record that had stood for 29 years. Myerson, a North Haven native and resident of Wallingford, had spent years studying striped bass “like a scientist,” learning how it hunts, about the food it eats, how its behavior is affected by moon phases and the cycles of the tides. But immediately after catching the record-breaking fish he was filled with regret. “She was a beautiful bass, larger than any he had seen, the kind of fish whose genes should have been passed along to the next generation — and he had killed her just to win a tournament,” Tim Gallagher writes in this new book co-written with Myerson. Today, Myerson is at the forefront of efforts to save the big striped bass, and promotes no-kill, catch-and-release tournaments. In Born To Fish, the engaging story of his life is told and by the end he emerges as a true blue-collar hero who has succeeded despite learning disabilities, substance abuse, and a violent upbringing courtesy of a father in the mob. — Erik Ofgang

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Yankee’s New England Adventures: Over 400 Essential Things to See and Do by the editors of Yankee magazine; edited by Eric D. Lehman

Globe Pequot Press, 222 pages, 2018

The authors of this travel guide write about New England as if they’ve lived and worked here for decades. That’s no surprise; they’re also the editors and contributors to Yankee magazine, which “has been telling New England’s story since 1935.” Each of the six states has a chapter filled with iconic eateries, natural wonders, historic theaters, shopping destinations, treasured annual traditions and much more. Accented with 137 gorgeous photos, this book reflects that ours is a land of variety, a place where one can relax on a pristine beach, take in a Broadway-caliber production, and dine in a world-class restaurant, all in the same day. As with any good collection of must-sees and must-dos, Yankee’s New England Adventures is not without its argument-inducing controversies or excuse-me-a-moment omissions. While Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough is rightly included as a place for a great lobster roll, there is no mention of Lobster Landing in Clinton or Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock in New London. And we must quibble with the section on the “New Haven Pizza Wars,” which perpetuates the myth that only Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana and Sally’s Apizza are worthy of top billing. Though they get a bit of attention here, Modern Apizza and West Haven’s Zuppardi’s Apizza also deserve some space on the marquee. — Albie Yuravich

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When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger

Simon & Schuster, 343 pages, 2018

The author of The Devil Wears Prada, which was published when Weisberger was just 25 years old, got the band back together for her seventh novel, set primarily in Greenwich. Fans of DWP, both Weisberger’s debut novel and the motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, will be happy to have Emily Charlton and Miranda Priestly back in their lives. Much in the way Weisberger poked fun at the New York City fashion elite when she burst onto the scene 15 years ago, she now takes playful aim at suburban Connecticut. Loyal viewers of ABC’s American Housewife will surely find themselves in the overlap of this Venn diagram. The story begins on New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles, where Emily now works as an image consultant. She gets a call requesting her services — the next Justin Bieber, a 16-year-old named Rizzo, got drunk and wore a Nazi uniform to a club after his NYE performance — and immediately boards a flight to New York. The trio of main characters also includes a supermodel-turned-senator’s wife who is arrested on a bogus DUI charge with five children in the vehicle, and a Manhattan lawyer who leaves her law firm to be a stay-at-home mom in Greenwich. — Mike Wollschlager


This article appeared in the July 2018 issue of Connecticut Magazine. Did you like what you read? You can subscribe here.

The senior writer at Connecticut Magazine, Erik is the co-author of Penguin Random House’s “The Good Vices” and author of “Buzzed” and “Gillette Castle.” He is also an adjunct professor at WCSU’s MFA Program and Quinnipiac University

Mike Wollschlager, editor and writer for Connecticut Magazine, was born and raised in Bristol and has lived in Farmington, Milford, Shelton and Wallingford. He was previously an assistant sports editor at the New Haven Register.

Albie Yuravich is the editor in chief of Connecticut Magazine. A product of the Naugatuck River Valley, he's also been a newspaper editor and writer at the New Haven Register, Greenwich Time, The Register Citizen and the Republican-American.