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Some new releases for summer reading

GeeGee Rosell, proprietor of Buxton Village Books, has gathered up a list of new releases for your summer reading pleasure.

Her picks include historical fiction, fishing and beachcombing guides, poetry, and a nifty new guide to visiting The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. And, in this year when we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, Ocracoke writer Pat Garber has written about her great-grandfather’s war experiences.

“The Watery Part of the World,” Michael Parker. $23.95.

Pulling the title from Moby Dick, Parker takes us on an historical journey offshore of Nag's Head and winds his way back to land many generations later. Based on local history but acknowledging local lore, here is the story of Aaron Burr’s daughter ,Theodosia, who was lost at sea during a storm off Nag’s Head.  Parker, who writes with an elegant prose, meditates on the nature of the sometimes inexplicable human connection to this often harsh coastal climate that is the Outer Banks, a place defined by water. Love of the land is strong in this story, as well as the particular bond that grows when folks live in an isolated place and must depend on one another.
“North Carolina’s Ocean Fishing Piers, from Kitty Hawk to Sunset Beach,” Al Baird. $14.99

Al tells me this book came about because he simply had spent too much time on piers not to write about them!  Piers are landmarks of coastal resort towns and figure strong in the vacation memories of many. This book is chock full of wonderful old photos and brimming with the history of pier fishing, and anyone who has strolled down the hot, splintery length of one of these piers on a summer day will cherish this volume.

“Fishing the Western Pamlico,” Peter Boettger. $9.

This publication, sponsored by the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation, is for the fisherman who wants to venture across the sound and fish the Inner Banks.   Not only does it identify the fish you might catch there, but it also gives tips on fishing the tidal creeks and estuaries.  A great day trip if you want a break from the beach.
“Ghost Lighthouse, New and Selected Poems,” Chris Waters. $9.

Long a Hatteras Island summer resident, Waters meditates on many topics from pelicans to poison ivy, often with a wry but wise sense of humor.
The Ultimate Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Climbing Guide and Points of Interest Map,” Kevin McCabe. $2.95.

McCabe has filled a niche in the lighthouse info literature with this brochure. He has gathered the salient points about the historic light district and the experience of visiting the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.  This is a nice souvenir piece to read while waiting on line to climb or to take home and browse while planning your next visit.
“Heart Like a River,” Pat Garber. $16.95.

Part-time Ocracoke resident and writer Pat Garber has collected the history of her Virginia great-grandfather’s Civil War experiences. Exceptionally well researched and thorough, the book includes archival photos of battlefields and soldiers. A good book as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.
“Fishing North Carolina,” Mike Marsh. $19.95.

Both an identification guide and a trip planning guide, this book covers all of North Carolina, including both fresh and salt water. Rules and regulations for each fishing location are also included, along with bait and tackle recommendations. The novice will get a good introduction and the seasoned angler may find some new spots to explore.
“Living Beaches of Georgia and the Carolinas, A Beachcomber’s Guide,” Blair and Dawn Witherington. $21.95.

Chock full of color photos, this very well done and all-inclusive field guide covers everything from shells to birds, beach curiosities, marine mammals, and seaside plants. Even for seasoned beachcombers, this book is an interesting companion.

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