From Publishers 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.
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''A compelling, evocative collection of short stories, essays and poems.... What comes across loud and clear from each selection is the unmistakable ring of authenticity.'' --Asbury Park Press
''It is 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 Times, Trenton
''...Everything in this collection is exceptional... highly evocative and beautiful writing.'' --Wings