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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Verbal Pictures Press (July 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981733204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981733203
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,622,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Williams Lake Was Once the Center of the Universe is a terrific period piece by best-selling author Bob Boan. Blending a nostalgic tone with a vivid setting, Williams Lake is a wonderful piece of fiction that anybody who grew up knowing what "shagging" was before Austin Powers came along will immensely enjoy.

Set in the rural North Carolina 1960's, the story focuses upon the boys from St. Umblers and their adventures while shifting from teens to adults in a period of transition in both North Carolina and the United States as a whole.

With many musical inspirations featured throughout the book, Williams Lake leaves little to the imagination as it reminds us of how things were once upon a time.

Solid read.
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This book was funny and fun in a very "old school" kind of way. The overall feel of the book kind of reminded me of Grease (the play more than the movie and not for the greasey hair and leather jackets reasons) but with a more southern charm and twist to it. Or should I say "shag" to it.

If you like period pieces about the Happy Days and Beach Boys era I think you'll enjoy this one a lot. Not only is the book fun but it has a sense of realness to it. Especially, if you look at the beautiful cover art and then compare that to a recent photo of the place on the back cover you get a feeling of wow...that was then and is long lost in the past.

Great work.
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This book highlights how much fun it was to grow up in the 60's. Everybody has experienced some type of adventure that was decribed in this book during thier teenage years. This book covers the story of young boys and girls living in a small North Carolina town. The dancing, drinking and joking really made the book interesting. The book flows from one chapter to the next leaving you wanting to see what happen in the next chapter.
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Boy, oh boy, I must say that this is the greatest book for the time and for shaggers (dancers). Even if you have never, ever visited the Williams Lake Club you will still find it very funny and true to the facts as to what went on during the era. I usually read a chapter at the time at night, but could not put this book down. The characters are true to form. Love this book and it would make an incredible Christmas gift.
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We live way out in rural NC and approximately 1 mile from the Williams Lake that this book is written about. My husband remembers while growing up coming by the lake with his parents and cars being parked all up and down beside the road on Friday and Saturday nights and in Clinton Nc each year now they have a reunion. We live in Sampson County and my husband is a bit of a historian as well as a avid reader so I wanted to suprise him with this for Christmas.
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