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Very Charleston: A Celebration of History, Culture, and Lowcountry Charm by [Gessler, Diana Hollingsworth]
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"A charmingly illustrated photo album of sorts ... a highly personal catalog of sights and sounds and emotions."

Cobblestone streets leading to perfectly preserved historic homes. Intricate wrought-iron gates opening to lush, fragrant gardens. A skyline of steeples and a river harbor bustling with schooners and sailboats. Charleston is one of America's most charming cities. In vibrant watercolors and detailed sketches, artist Diana Gessler captures the beauty and riches that make Charleston so unique: White Point Gardens, the Spoleto Festival, Rainbow Row, Waterfront Park, Fort Moultrie, the beaches of Sullivan's Island, sumptuous Lowcountry cuisine, and handmade sweetgrass baskets. Full of fascinating details--on everything from the art of early entertaining, the city's inspired architectural and garden designs, and George Washington's Southern tour to famous Charlestonians and the flags of Sumter-- Very Charleston celebrates the city, the Lowcountry, the people, and our history. Hand-lettered and full color throughout, Very Charleston includes maps, an index, and a handy appendix of sites. With her cheerful illustrations and love for discovering little-known facts, Diana Gessler has created both an entertaining guide and an irresistible keepsake for visitors and Charlestonians alike.

About the Author

Diana Hollingsworth Gessler is the author and illustrator of Very New Orleans, Very Charleston, and Very California. Her watercolors and oil paintings are represented by Shaw Gallery in Naples and Bonita Springs, Florida. She and her husband live in Melbourne, Florida, when they’re not traveling.

Product Details

  • File Size: 19816 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books; 1 edition (June 14, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 14, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DESUI4I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,852 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Cynthia K. Robertson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Charleston is one of the most charming cities in the US, and it is fitting that Diana Hollingsworth Gessler has written a delightfully charming book about the Holy City. "Very Charleston" is a small book, but big on snippets of Charleston. It is also wonderfully illustrated by Gessler with watercolors. This 159 page book is packed with a myriad of entertaining tidbits. It includes historical facts, famous festivals, Charleston vocabulary, places of interest, interesting characters (past and present), famous restaurants, some traditional recipes and LOTS of trivia. It also touches on such diverse topics as The Civil War, The Citadel, Slavery, making indigo, architectural details and places to shop.
Very Charleston is the perfect book for a new visitor to Charleston. There are a few minor inaccuracies (for example, there are more than 3 zones for carriage tours). But these do not detract from the book. However, a visitor seeking a more in-depth look at the Holy City would be better served by more serious reading. Still, Very Charleston is a very enjoyable and interesting introduction to this beautiful and historic city.
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My mother-in-law gave us this book before our move to Charleston, SC. My own family came to visit and while driving around downtown with the book it felt like a tour of our very own. The next day we did in fact go on a real Charleston tour and they restated many of the interesting facts of Charleston found within the book! The book is not only a wealth of information, but also a beautifully illustrated book!!! I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! :) I recommend it to anyone looking to learn more about Charleston!
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Very interesting little book with great illustrations. Gives insight to many of the things we South Carolians have always heard about Charleston like the derivation of Charleston Green paint, why the pineapple is a welcome sign, etc., etc.
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Absolutely gorgeous book! We visited Charleston in the summer and really loved the city. The bungalow we stayed in had this book on the coffee table. I would read it every morning while I sat in the porch and drank my coffee. The illustrations are so beautiful and I love reading about all the history of Charleston. It was fun to read more detail about some of the history we learned while on a carriage tour. I wanted this book so I would never forget that memorable place! This would make a great gift for anyone with a love for Charleston or even a friend who is planning a visit.
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I love this book. It includes African American historical and cultural facts which many other books of this kind does not. And the best part, on page 43, my 4th great grandfather Noisette, is featured. Thank you Diana!
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I took a trip to Charleston. I read this before I went to help me become acquainted with the lay out of the city and the history. I took it with me to better get an idea of what I read and remind me of things I needed to check out. After returning home I can look at the book and it can remind me of the interesting places I visited.
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By KyRN on November 19, 2014
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When visiting Charleston for the first time recently, I saw this book for sale everywhere. When I got home I ordered it from Amazon.
This is a charming, interesting little book and I am glad to have been able to buy it at a bargain price.
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I bought this book a a gift for my parents after they treated my husband and I to a trip to Charleston. The book is charming, beautifully illustrated and packed with information! It is a chunky smaller book so it sits on an end table nicely and is inviting for anyone who picks it up. My Dad likes it because it is a book one can pick up and read things in no particular order, just a tidbit here or a short story there. Filled with recipes of great low country food as well.
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