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Editorial Reviews

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Delivers a superb sampler of Outer Banks history.

"North Carolina Historical Review"

I found the happenings and characters so interesting I couldn't stop reading.

William Friday

"The collection is perfect for anyone who loves the bleak, inspiring beauty of a barrier beach island.

"Islands""

""The Outer Banks Reader" comes pounding in fresh, strong, a bit unpredictable, and with no shortage of salt.

Raleigh "News and Observer""

The collection is perfect for anyone who loves the bleak, inspiring beauty of a barrier beach island.

"Islands"

"The Outer Banks Reader" comes pounding in fresh, strong, a bit unpredictable, and with no shortage of salt.

Raleigh "News and Observer"

[A] delightful potpourri.

"Sierra"

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Gripping tales of shipwreck rescues, interesting profiles of coastal characters, and tales of the hard business of survival are all here.--Our State



A memorable, intimate portrait of life on a fragile chain of barrier islands. . . . Visible throughout this artfully crafted anthology is editor David Stick. He has rowed out to sea, like his forebears, in a little homemade boat and has captured a beautiful literary tribute of the island ranges.--Bloomsbury Review



Delivers a superb sampler of Outer Banks history. . . . Anyone with a sincere interest in the Outer Banks will want to read this anthology and keep it in their collection as a valuable reference. The Reader will undoubtedly become a standard for professional and amateur historians alike.--North Carolina Historical Review



David Stick's new work is as welcome as it is well done. Like the good waves of summer . . . The Outer Banks Reader comes pounding in fresh, strong, a bit unpredictable, and with no shortage of salt.--Raleigh News & Observer



David Stick has more Outer Banks sand in his shoes than anyone. The North Carolina littoral is his oyster, and this collection is his gritty, exciting literary tribute to the place he knows so well and loves so much. A book as bracing as an ocean breeze.--Roy Parker Jr., contributing editor, Fayetteville Observer-Times



[A] delightful potpourri.--Sierra



David Stick's first-rate book is a most instructive and very readable addition to the literature of the Barrier Islands. It is an essential volume to every shelf of North Carolina history. I found the happenings and characters so interesting I couldn't stop reading.--William Friday



For those who live far from the Outer Banks, but know and love it, this is just the sort of book to pull out from time to time and be transported immediately to a place within sound of the ocean's unending, rhythmic roar.--Virginian-Pilot



The collection is perfect for anyone who loves the bleak, inspiring beauty of a barrier beach island.--Islands

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1st New edition edition (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807847267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807847268
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,338,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Stick has compiled a fascinating collection of stories, essays, letters and reports to bring to life many of the tales which have become near legend on the Outer Banks. From heroic rescues to the lives of everyday "Bankers" -- from the famous to the unhearalded -- from the first settlers to events in the 20th century -- the Outer Banks Reader paints a fascinating picture of the joys and sorrows, failures and triumphs and lives of the brave and hardy people who have lived and made their living on this ribbon of sand 23 miles out in the ocean. It is a richly woven tapestry of the stories that bind together those who love the Outer Banks. Each chapter contains a brief introduction which further places the persons or events in their proper perspective. This volume provides readers with some history and factual information about events on the Outer Banks in an easy-reading, anecdotal format which often quotes the original source. Whether you are a serious student of maritime history or just have a personal fascination with the region known as the Outer Banks, this is a must-read.
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I bought this just for the article by Aycock Brown and his experiences along the coast of North Carolina in the early days of WWII. However, I read several other chapters and found most of them to be interesting.

David Stick was the historian of North Carolina's Outer Banks and wrote a dozen of more books on Banks history. This collection of writings by others is a real departure for him.
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Nags Head became a summer resort in the 1830's. Ocracoke and Silver Lake are described in a piece written in 1956 concerning spending vacations on that island. Tea is made from the leaves of yaupons.

Commercial hunters and others gravitated to Currituck Sound as a paricularly rich hunting area in the 1880's. Rachel Carson describes the plenitude of the life forms on the barrier islands. Blue fish have a histroy of population surges. A 31 pound blue was caught in 1972.

Early settlers on the Outer Banks told of large areas of lush forest. Logging and grazing denuded many acres of the banks. From a geological viewpoint the Outer Banks are one of the most dynamic areas under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. Nags Head Woods is the most diverse forest on the Atlantic coast.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore was conceived in 1933. It is only a third as large as the original plan. It is interspersed with development. Cape Lookout National Seashore, by contrast, is an unstructured experience. There are no camp sites, no life guards. The attraction is surf fishing. Portsmouth Island remained populated into the 20th century. The hurricanes of 1933 and 1944 were devastating. In 1956 the population was 17 and by 1971 only two people remained.

In 1874 the Life-Saving Service opened. (The Outer Banks are known as the graveyard of the Atlantic.) Initially there were seven stations, later there were twenty five. Pea Island at Roanoke Island was manned by an all Black crew. Etheridge, the leader, ran the station with military precision.

Confederate privateers used Hatteras Inlet as a rendezvous. Hatteras was captured by federal forces in 1861.
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If you love the Outer Banks like i do You will like this book. It is full of information about the Outer Banks. From the beginning to the 1980s this is a very good book
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