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The Inner Islands: A Carolinian's Sound Country Chronicle
     

The Inner Islands: A Carolinian's Sound Country Chronicle

by Bland Simpson, Ann Cary Simpson
 

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Blending history, oral history, autobiography, and travel narrative, Bland Simpson explores the islands that lie in the sounds, rivers, and swamps of North Carolina's inner coast. In each of the fifteen chapters in the book, Simpson covers a single island or group of islands, many of which, were it not for the buffering Outer Banks, would be lost to the ebbs and

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Blending history, oral history, autobiography, and travel narrative, Bland Simpson explores the islands that lie in the sounds, rivers, and swamps of North Carolina's inner coast. In each of the fifteen chapters in the book, Simpson covers a single island or group of islands, many of which, were it not for the buffering Outer Banks, would be lost to the ebbs and flows of the Atlantic. Instead they are home to unique plant and animal species and well-established hardwood forests, and many retain vestiges of an earlier human history.

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Simpson writes with a graceful, elegant touch about those who once peopled the banks and islands and along the creeks and rivers of the vast region below the fall line. He does so with a sense of history, a reverence for traditions that once made Eastern North Carolina so distinctive and a prophetic concern for the change that is transforming his native land.—Charlotte Observer

Well-rounded. . . . A perfect guide. . . . Highly recommended reading.—Sea History

Part history, part travelogue, part travel yarns, The Inner Islands tells the stories that would be long lost without the author's indefatigable dedication.—Sanford Herald

Armchair traveling with Bland and Ann Cary Simpson is always a treat. . . . The Inner Islands is a combination of a personal travel journal and lessons in history and conservation. . . . Bland Simpson relates the history and lore of the inner coastal islands in a conversational tone that makes for a wonderful jaunt. . . . Ann Cary Simpson's photos show what a skilled photographer can do with black and white. . . .Simpson's words are elegant, and the descriptions multi-layered.—Creative Loafing

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807871256
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Edition description:
1
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
1,332,957
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Bland Simpson has done it again, distinguishing himself and informing us about the islands that dot our inner coast. Part history, part travel log, and illustrated with vintage photographs, this is a valuable addition to North Carolina's coastal heritage.—James R. Leutze, Chancellor Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Meet the Author

Bland Simpson is a member of the Tony Award-winning Red Clay Ramblers and has collaborated on such musicals as King Mackerel, Kudzu, and the Broadway hit Fool Moon. He teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was the 2005 Fine Arts recipient of the North Carolina Award, the state's highest civilian honor. His books include Ghost Ship of Diamond Shoals and Into the Sound Country, which also features photography by his wife, Ann.

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