Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

An Epic to the Glory of a Beautiful Landscape and Culture

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

An Epic to the Glory of a Beautiful Landscape and Culture

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An Epic to the Glory of a Beautiful Landscape and Culture Barbara Garrity-Blake and Karen Willis Amspacher. Living at the Water's Edge: A Heritage Guide to the Oouter Banks Byway. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, April 10, 2017. ISBN: 978-1- 4696-2816-5. $22.00. 320pp. 6.125X9.25". 54 illustrations.

In honor of the 2009 designation of the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway this book explores the history and culture of the region around it. The trip takes readers through seashores and islands, and into other beautiful landscapes.

Barbara Garrity-Blake is a cultural anthropologist, and her coauthor, Karen Willis Amspacher, is the director of the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center on Harkers Island, and they write from a local's perspective about their own and their neighbors cultural heritage.

This book has great illustrations throughout. The title page has a two-page photograph of a beach. The two-page cover image in all-color books seems to be fashionable now-a-days, and I think it works very well for travel guides. The first pages of chapters have a background abstraction in beige of a seashore as well. The sidebars are beige in background, stressing the stories in them. One of these is about a slave, Richard Etheridge, who became a captain in the Pea Island Lifesaving Service. There are also some professional photographs of average residents from the region, such as boatbuilders, as well as North Carolina Heritage Award recipients. …

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