Shore Stories: An Anthology of the Jersey Shore

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The New Jersey Shore is one of the nation's most familiar stretches of sand, and it attracts millions of visitors — including some of the nation's finest writers. Shore Stories takes the reader on a literary journey along this coast — from Sandy Hook to Long Beach Island to Ocean City and Wildwood and all the familiar shore towns, beaches, boardwalks and bays; to the old and the new Atlantic City and to Victorian Cape May. These are places dear to the hearts of millions for whom summer at the Jersey Shore is a ...
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Overview

The New Jersey Shore is one of the nation's most familiar stretches of sand, and it attracts millions of visitors — including some of the nation's finest writers. Shore Stories takes the reader on a literary journey along this coast — from Sandy Hook to Long Beach Island to Ocean City and Wildwood and all the familiar shore towns, beaches, boardwalks and bays; to the old and the new Atlantic City and to Victorian Cape May. These are places dear to the hearts of millions for whom summer at the Jersey Shore is a tradition. Shore Stories is the first book to capture in depth the diversity and the emotions attached to this beloved stretch of coastline. More than forty short stories, essays and poems, along with 47 photographs in seven galleries, chronicle this renowned region. The forty-four contributors include nationally celebrated authors (John McPhee, Gay Talese, and Robert Pinksy, among others) as well as talented regional writers whose work promises future acclaim. This book is a great summer beach read. But it is also a book that transplants one to the Jersey Shore, in any season, whether the reader is in the suburbs or the city or on another coast time zones away. And it serves as a cultural reference and resource.

"This book is a capsule of our lives on the Shore over the years of our now-fading century ... Savor this handsome volume of new and old prose and poetry that treats the Jersey Shore from Sandy Hook to Cape May." — The Star-Ledger, front page "Today" section review, 7/27/98
"A wonderfully evocative assortment of fiction, essays, poems and photographs... Shore Stories is a good book for reading at the beach. It’s an even better book to take home with you, along with the sand on the car floor and the seashells in your pocket, as a wonderful reminder of a wondrous place — the shore". — The Beachcomber, Long Beach Island, NJ, 8/8/98
"A compelling, evocative collection of shore stories, essays and poems...What comes across loud and clear from each selection is the unmistakable ring of authenticity." —The Asbury Park Press
"It’s hard to imagine a reader who will not find something to delight in, and that pleasure will not be restricted to those familiar with the Jersey Shore." — The Trenton Times

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Editorial Reviews

Star Ledger
This book is a capsule of our lives on the Shore over the years of our now-fading century....Savor this handsome volume of new and old prose and poetry that treats the Jersey Shore from Sandy Hook to Cape May.
The Beachcomber
A wonderfully evocative assortment of fiction, essays, poems and photographs. Shore Stories is a good book for reading at the beach. It's an even better book to take home with you, along with the sand on the car floor and the seashells in your pocket, as a wonderful reminder of a wondrous place — the shore.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
New Jersey's 127-mile stretch of coastline, running from Sandy Hook to Cape May Point, provides the inspiration for this solid collection of short stories, photographs, essays and poems. Writer and editor Youmans (Down the Jersey Shore) rallies such well-known Garden State lovers as John McPhee, Robert Kotlowitz, Robert Pinsky, Stephen Dunn and Gay Talese, as well as less celebrated regional writers like John Mahoney and Sandy Gingrass. Satisfying entries include John Bailey Lloyd's turn-of-the-century ghost story, "A Strange Incident At Bond's Hotel"; Christopher Cook Gilmore's "Atlantic City Proof," a romantic tale of Prohibition-era rum running; an excerpt from Kotlowitz's novel The Boardwalk; Barry Targan's WWII stories; and McPhee's ironic tour of the Atlantic City streets that inspired the Monopoly board. Although much of this material has been published elsewhere, vacationers and Jerseyites alike may be pleased to see these 40 written pieces and 47 photographs together in one place. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780945582717
  • Publisher: Down The Shore Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/2000
  • Pages: 351
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Scheinman's Deck by Wendy Patrice Williams
Long Branch, New Jersey by Robert Pinsky
Asbury Park by R. C. Ringer
A Day in the Life of Vincent Lucciola by J. F. Battaglia
The Northern Shore: photographs by Joe Paduano
Ringolevio by Dulcie Leimbach
The Jersey Shore: Three Essays and a Poem by Frank Finale
The Wooden Gauntlet by John Mahoney
Seaside Heights by Barbara O'Dair
Island Beach State Park: photographs by Gene Ahrens
Fisherman's Wife by Josephine Lehman Thomas
At the Fishermen's Bar by Sandy Gingras
Barnegat Light — Commercial Fishing: photographs by Serge J-F. Levy
The Distant Edge of War by Margaret R. Thomas
The Finished Sound by Sandy Gingras
Beach Access by Bruce Novotny
A Strange Incident at Bond's Hotel by John Bailey Lloyd
Woo by David C. Bruton
Long Beach Island in Winter: photographs by Ray Fisk
The Refuge by Stephen Dunn
Atlantic City Proof by Christopher Cook Gilmore
Black Boy by Kay Boyle
from The Boardwalk by Robert Kotlowitz
Caveat Emptor by Barry Targan
Old Light by Barry Targan
Atlantic City: historical photographs from the collection of Robert E. Ruffolo Jr.
Atlantic City — 1955 by Norman Paul Hyett
Two Atlantic City Poems by Rochelle Ratner
The Search for Marvin Gardens by John McPhee
Irregular Intervals by Anndee Hochman
Razing the Tenements in Atlantic City by Barbara Helfgott Hyett
Atlantic City by Lisa Walker
Voice from the Ocean by Joel A. Ensana
Atlantic City: photographs by Michael Baytoff
When Jerry Loves Jenny by Elayne Clif
Margie and Herb by Jane Elkington Wohl
The Elephant, Margate by John Grey
from Unto the Sons by Gay Talese
Killing Time by Therése Halscheid
Love by Claude F. Koch
The Southern Shore: photographs by Michael Baytoff and Donna Connor
Ashes to Ashes by Karen de Balbian Verster
Senior Week by Jason Wilson
Breakfast at th Wildwood Motel, 1996 by Peter E. Murphy
from Pride by William Wharton
A Tale of Two Hawkwatchers by Pete Dunne
Beach Glass — Cape May Point by Karen Zaborowski
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