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Voices from St. Simons: Personal Narratives of an Island's Past [NOOK Book]

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Mile for mile, St. Simons Island—one of Georgia’s Golden Isles—boasts as much history as any community on the East Coast. Originally an Indian hunting ground, it has been occupied or invaded by Spanish missionaries, British settlers, planters and their slaves, the Union army, the United States Navy, and developers and tourists.

The seventeen narratives in <i>Voices from St. Simons</i> represent an “oral archaeological dig,” writes ...
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Voices from St. Simons: Personal Narratives of an Island's Past

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Overview

Mile for mile, St. Simons Island—one of Georgia’s Golden Isles—boasts as much history as any community on the East Coast. Originally an Indian hunting ground, it has been occupied or invaded by Spanish missionaries, British settlers, planters and their slaves, the Union army, the United States Navy, and developers and tourists.

The seventeen narratives in <i>Voices from St. Simons</i> represent an “oral archaeological dig,” writes editor Stephen Doster. Many of those interviewed are descendants of masters and slaves. Surprisingly, they speak of racial issues with greater compassion than bitterness. But the volume encompasses much more than that.

Here, the people of the Golden Isles recall waving farewell to Paul Redfern when his airplane took off from a sandy beach on his ill-fated attempt to outdo Charles Lindbergh.

They describe jumping into a fast boat and riding to the rescue of merchant sailors torpedoed by a German U-boat.

They tell of playing childhood sports—and dominating the competition—alongside future NFL legend Jim Brown, who was raised on St. Simons.

They remember piloting the ship that, due to a helmsman’s error, hit the Sidney Lanier Bridge, causing one of the worst such disasters in American history.

“In some respects, the narratives reveal a plot of ground that time forgot,” Doster writes. “They present the reflections of a cross-section of ordinary people who lived during extraordinary times.”
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016030678
  • Publisher: Blair, John F. Publisher
  • Publication date: 1/25/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 259
  • Sales rank: 869,804
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

English-born Stephen Doster moved as a toddler to St. Simons Island, Georgia. The southern town where children played baseball on the beach and had the run of the island is tenderly remembered as "Mayberry with tides." His parents were voracious readers, and an early memory is obtaining the family library card, number 930.

Doster graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration and now works in advertising in Nashville, Tennessee. He says there are advantages to being a business writer by day and a novelist by night. "No one cares if you have writer's block. They want the thing written, proofed, and out the door. When I get home to write for myself, that discipline of writing, proofing, and editing is already in place. The other good thing about business writing is that it's terribly mundane—especially in insurance. So when I do get to loose the creative muse, it's ready to kick into overdrive from the get-go."

Adventure comes naturally to this author. Doster has ridden out a hurricane, worked on a highway construction crew, and driven across the country. While attending the High Tech Initiative at a Tennessee college, he heard then Senator Al Gore speak on proposed legislation to expand access to the Internet to the public (the moment responsible for naming Gore "the inventor of the Internet").

His debut novel <i>Lord Baltimore</i> captures a country club island youth as he treks through coastal Georgia.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    After living on St.Simons, reading Voices From St. Simons opened

    After living on St.Simons, reading Voices From St. Simons opened my eyes to its history and its marvelous people. Thank you, Stephen. JeanieL

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