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[Observations and anecdotes] form an amiable pastiche with Simpson 's own family history and that of eastern North Carolina."Preservation Magazine"
A special portrait of a special region.--Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, VA
|If you've lived the city life all your years or visited only the prime tourist spots on the coast, Simpson will introduce you to a North Carolina you've never experienced.--Coastwatch
|Simpson brings the natural world so close that the reader can almost smell the rivers; the pine tar from the trees that gave North Carolina its nickname as the 'Tar Heel' state; and the sweet juniper water of the swamps.--Virginia Explorer
|Simpson is clearly a talented writer, and many of the sections about the coastal plain's natural areas contain beautiful passages. . . . Like coffee and beer, the sound country, with its jumbled forests and sulfurous waters, is something for which you have to develop a taste. Most people never bother. Together the Simpsons succeed in showing us why the region is worth taking some adventurous sips.--Raleigh News & Observer
|This is a wonderful book for anyone seeking a memorable journey into Eastern North Carolina's varied natural world without venturing outside your den.--Winston-Salem Journal
|[A] lyrical and passionate portrayal of eastern North Carolina. . . . Part autobiography, memoir, travelogue, history, fisherman's guide and environmentalist's goad, Into the Sound Country is an important work. . . . Beautifully written and intelligently produced.--Charlotte Observer
|An insightful and rich glance at an under-appreciated and under-explored region.--Coaster
|This son of the South has created a very entertaining read. . . . Into the Sound Country is a lark through a neglected but fascinating region of North Carolina.--Greensboro News and Record
|A very personal account of the people, scenes, and events from the region.--Fayetteville Observer-Times
|Into the Sound Country is an artfully illustrated love story about the tidal pull of a home place, told with passion and grace. Part history, part geography, and part memoir, it has a satisfying feel--like marsh mud between the toes, like the sound of familiar voices on the porch telling old-time stories at twilight.--Philip Gerard, author of Cape Fear Rising
|A highly personal and impressionistic ramble through a 200-mile swath of North Carolina's coastal plain, from the Great Dismal Swamp south to the Cape Fear River. The sights, sounds, and smells of this region, along with his observations of nature and the anecdotes of the natives he meets, form an amiable pastiche with Simpson's own family history and that of eastern North Carolina.--Preservation Magazine
|From wooden boats and salt marshes to pines and tar kettles, from colonists and pirates to crabbers and country folks, Bland Simpson tells the many-colored, many-voiced stories of a region that has--till now--been overlooked and unheard. The details are fine-drawn, the talk rings true, the humor is lively. Better yet, the book is a love letter, written straight from the heart of lifelong experience.--Janet Lembke, author of Skinny-Dipping: And Other Immersions in Water, Myth, and Being Human
|With the ease of an old storyteller and the knowledge of a naturalist, Simpson writes eloquently of coastal history, combining it with personal anecdotes.--Creative Loafing
|I love reading this book. It captures the sights and sounds and smells of the North Carolina coast better than any book I've ever read.--Pat Conroy
|For anyone seeking a memorable journey into Eastern North Carolina's varied natural world, a reading of this volume should prove gratifying.--Our State