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Authors of the coast

Posted September 16, 2009

We continue our weekly series of stories on Ocracoke with the following question: What is your favorite book about the North Carolina coast? Please share your thoughts.


One of my favorite books is Ocracokers by Alton Ballance, a native of the village and island along the Outer Banks. Alton’s book, originally published in 1989 by UNC Press, contains marvelous stories about shipwrecks, pirates, fishing, wild ponies and hurricanes. The book also contains some great black and white photographs.


Alton also helped with a publication called Ocracoke in the Fifties. The book was the brainchild of model fashion photographer and children’s author Dare Wright who died in 2001. You’ll love the black and white photographs in this book as well.


What about you? What author best makes the beauty of the North Carolina coast come alive with his or her words and pictures? Maybe for you it is David Stick, Kevin Duffus, Kaye Gibbons or Nicholas Sparks.


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  • BurninStick Sep 17, 2009

    Remember Charles Whedbee? Many a dark and stormy night when I was a kid did I slip under the bed covers and scare myself silly reading his short stories by flashlight.

  • fishnett5977 Sep 16, 2009

    Any of Nicholas Sparks books and Jacqueline DeGroot - she lives at Sunset Beach and writes about that area.Her book "Legend of Kindred Spirit" tells of the legend and is woven around a fictional love story/murder mystery. Warning - the writing is wonderful but very graphic in nature so if things of love and nature bother you, do not read.

  • lynneslaughter Sep 16, 2009

    Outer Banks by Anne Rivers Sidden

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