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Summer Reads: Books with a Local Connection

Compiled By Hilary Brady | Photography By Keith Ketchum

The Brunswick County beaches are calling your name. Soft sand tickles your toes, warm sun kisses your shoulders, birds dance, and waves crash. The only item missing on a perfect summer day in Brunswick County is a great book that allows you to get lost in the moment, your to-do list washing away with the tide.

Whether you choose the bare beaches of Bald Head Island or the calming and charismatic coastline of Caswell, there is no denying it: beaches and books go together like peanut butter and jelly. So leave your worries and routines at home and head for the beach with a new book in hand.

This summer, indulge in the area; catch up on local history and fun fiction, all courtesy of celebrated local authors. Here is a sampling of must-have books for your beach bag.
The book? Pirates of the North Carolina Coast
Who wrote it? Jack E. Fryar Jr.
When did he write it? 2007
How much? $12.95
Where to buy? Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com
What’s the story? This book tells the story of colorful rogues who robbed and pillaged the North Carolina coastline, including Blackbeard, the most famous of sea robbers.

 

The book? Infamous Pirates and Their Incredible Lives
Who wrote it? Miller Pope
When did he write it? 2009
How much? $12.95
Where to buy? Pelican Book Store and The Sunset Inn (Sunset Beach), Sunset River Marketplace (Calabash), Ingram Planetarium and Ocean Isle Beach Museum (Ocean Isle), Lowell’s Bookworm (Holden Beach) and more
What’s the story? This book tracks the infamous rogues of the seas, including the pirates at the dawn of civilization, the pirates of the middle ages, the most famous pirates of piracy’s golden age and the pirates of the present day.

 

The book? Murder at the Bellamy Mansion
Who wrote it? Ellen Elizabeth Hunter
When did she write it? 2010
How much? $7.95 Where to buy? Bullfrog Corner (Southport)
What’s the story? This is just one of Hunter’s nine Wilmington-based mystery novels. In this popular book, she writes about a rash of bizarre murders that take place in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

The book? Upon a Rising Tide: A Tale of Running the Civil War Blockade
Who wrote it? Richard Triebe
When did he write it? 2005
How much? $17.98
Where to buy? Beach Road Books (Southport), Lowell’s Bookworm (Holden Beach)
What’s the story? A historical fiction about Wilmington and blockade running during the Civil War. A blockade runner captain has a perilous journey running through the Federal blockade and falling in love with his shipping agent’s daughter.

 

The book? Before We Were Quaint
Who wrote it? Larry Maisel
When did he write it? 2009
How much? $28.95
Where to buy? Bullfrog Corner (Southport)
What’s the story? From after the Civil War until after World War II, the people of Southport transformed the community. This book tells the story of the lives of people who lived with the threat of disease and survived hurricanes and of the children who grew up swimming, fishing and getting into mischief along the town’s waterfront.

 

The book? Sunset Beach: A Spirited Love Story
Who wrote it? Trip Purcell
When did he write it? 2002
How much? $18.95
Where to buy? Pelican Book Store (Sunset Beach)
What’s the story? After Laura and Neal run into each other while on vacation in Sunset Beach for the first time in more than 20 years, they soon discover this summer would be about something more than just relaxation and golf.

 

The book? Sunset Beach: A History
Who wrote it? Jacqueline DeGroot & Miller Pope
When did they write it? 2010
How much? $29.95
Where to buy? Pelican Book Store and The Sunset Inn (Sunset Beach), Sunset River Marketplace (Calabash), Ingram Planetarium and Ocean Isle Beach Museum (Ocean Isle), Lowell’s Bookworm (Holden Beach) and more
What’s the story? A full history of Sunset Beach with stories from many of the area’s “old timers” who were eyewitnesses to events. Some are funny, some are shocking, all are fascinating.

 

The book? The Legends of Brunswick County: Ghosts, Pirates, Indians and Colonial NC
Who wrote it? Christy Judah
When did she write it? 2008
How much? $24.95
Where to buy? Lowell’s Bookworm and Beach Mart (Holden Beach), Pelican Book Store (Sunset Beach), Bullfrog Corner (Southport), Books n’ Stuff (Oak Island)
What’s the story? A look into the past through the eyes of the early residents of Brunswick County. Local facts and legends provide a historic representation of area figures and events during the 1700s and 1800s.

 

The book? The Secret Life of God
Who wrote it? Ray Cullis
When did he write it? 2010
How much? $15.95
Where to buy? Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com
What’s the story? A paranormal adventure in which rookie preacher, Gary Watts, will lose his job unless he can uncover at least one new secret about God for his next Sunday sermon.

 

The book? Town Creek
Who wrote it? Joseph B. Floyd
When did he write it? 2010
How much? $29.95
Where to buy? Amazon.com
What it’s about? A story about life in southeastern North Carolina just before the Civil War, the events leading up to the war, and those who had to risk their lives fighting for what they believed to be right.

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