The Coasts of Carolina: Seaside to Sound Country

The Coasts of Carolina: Seaside to Sound Country

by Bland Simpson, Scott D. Taylor
     
 

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The Coasts of Carolina captures the vibrancy of the North Carolina oceanfront, sound country, and interior shores behind the barrier islands. Scott Taylor, who has been photographing the coast for almost thirty years, and Bland Simpson, whose many coastal books have delighted readers for two decades, come together to offer an inviting visual and textual

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The Coasts of Carolina captures the vibrancy of the North Carolina oceanfront, sound country, and interior shores behind the barrier islands. Scott Taylor, who has been photographing the coast for almost thirty years, and Bland Simpson, whose many coastal books have delighted readers for two decades, come together to offer an inviting visual and textual portrait organized around coastal themes such as nature, fishing, and community life, with an emphasis on particular places and seasons. Evocative text is woven together with 145 vivid color images to present a unique and welcoming vision of the coastal region. As natives of the area, the collaborators venture beyond the familiar to show us swamp, marsh, river, sound, and seashore, uncovering places of uncommon delight that most visitors rarely lay eyes on. Their work celebrates the beauty of this amazing region and embodies their distinctive sense of what makes the North Carolina coast so special.

Editorial Reviews

For almost thirty years, Beaufort photographer Scott Taylor has been venturing into the coastal areas of North Carolina, documenting the region's natural landscapes and seascapes. With its 145 color photos, The Coasts of Carolina shows how varied those settings are. Simpson's artful pictures are supplemented with a thoughtful text by fellow local Bland Simpson.

From the Publisher
A delight for anyone visiting the Outer Banks or wishing to remember time spent there.—Library Journal

In [Simpson's] narrative readers will discover a deeply moving story that is understood in the context of the history of a place. . . . It is the type of history that is a joy to read because it is a conversation with the land, and the people that overflows from the pages of [this book]. . . . Offers people a legacy of history, natural beauty and a very passionate love of place."—Elizabeth City Daily Advance

There is much debate about who deserves credit for the revival of Lowcountry cuisine. But there's no denying that John Martin Taylor . . . played a key role.—Raleigh News and Observer

Goes beyond the familiar territories to uncover swamp, marsh, river, sound and seashore that visitors and even locals often miss.—Jacksonville Daily News

Gorgeous. . . . Simpson writes as he travels, employing long, leisurely, meandering sentences and a pleasantly antique vocabulary. . . . And Taylor's images—from St. James churchyard at night to a row of live oaks at Orton—recall moments of discovery that stick in our hearts forever.—Ben Steelman, Wilmington Star-News

Simpson and Taylor create a lasting sense of place and community that piques the interests of distant travelers and allows residents to revel in remembrance—Our State

Might inspire readers to visit parts of North Carolina they've never seen, or to sit back and let the authors do the traveling. . . . A lovingly rendered portrait of a unique part of the state.—Raleigh News & Observer

Captures the vibrancy of the North Carolina oceanfront, sound country, and interior shores behind the barrier islands. . . . An inviting visual and textual portrait organized around coastal themes.—Carolina Country

A book that offers people a legacy of history, natural beauty, and a very passionate love of place.—Elizabeth City Daily Advance

You feel the passion and can sniff the salt air in The Coasts of Carolina.—Southern Living

Library Journal
The North Carolina Outer Banks are a hugely popular East Coast vacation destination. Amid all the tourists, traffic, and development, visitors often miss the quieter natural marshes, sounds, remote islands, and wildlife. This coffee-table book is a photographic portrait of the coastal communities, individuals, and lifestyles that often feel like they are getting lost in the ever-increasing onslaught of seasonal visitors. Simpson (The Inner Islands: A Carolinian's Sound Country Chronicle) and photographer Taylor have been photographing and writing about the North Carolina coast for over 50 years combined. It is clear that they have explored widely and have a deep love of the Outer Banks and the waterways of eastern North Carolina. The wide array of photographs captures the relaxing feel of the Outer Banks and the authenticity of the fishing community and complements Simpson's personal essay of his years on the coast. VERDICT This book is a delight for anyone visiting the Outer Banks or wishing to remember time spent there.—Sheila Kasperek, Mansfield Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807834398
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
11/15/2010
Edition description:
1
Pages:
152
Sales rank:
382,581
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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From the Publisher
Next time you're in town, indoors, feeling stressed, you could sit down with this book. Mighty pretty country in through here.—Roy Blount Jr., author of Alphabet Juice

Meet the Author

Bland Simpson is Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and longtime member of the Tony Award-winning Red Clay Ramblers.

Scott Taylor is a photographer whose photographs have appeared in many local, state, regional, and national magazines, publications, and galleries; he works from his studio and gallery in historic Beaufort, North Carolina.

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