WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH (Hardcover)
The Luminous Island, 2nd edition
John F. Blair, Publisher, 9780998788111, 256pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2017
"Wrightsville Beach" has been a continuous seller since its 2007 publication by John F. Blair, Publisher. The new edition, distributed by Beach Glass Books, is 35 percent larger, with double the number of illustrations, further enhancing it as a keepsake or gift. Included is a new foreword by Washington StarNews Book Columnist Ben Steelman and an afterword by the author detailing changes and challenges facing Wrightsville Beach. The $22.95 hardcover is signed by the author.
BOOK DETAILS: Wrightsville Beach: The Luminous Island, second edition, ISBN 978-0-9987881-1-1, publishes October 1, 2017. $22.95 hardcover, 6-3/8 by 9-1/4 inches, 256 pages, 150 B&W photographs, maps, drawings
ABOUT "WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH": Soon after crossing the drawbridge from the mainland, you’ll reach a fork in the road. Bearing left will take you to the famous Johnnie Mercer’s Fishing Pier and near the site where a giant sperm whale named Trouble once washed ashore and refused to leave. Bearing right will take you to the classic downtown and points south, including the Coast Guard station and the site of the late, great Lumina Pavillion.
"Wrightsville Beach" is Ray McAllister’s homage to a special place, a book that captures not only Wrightsville’s history but its heart. Along the way, he shares stories of fire and and hurricanes and beach trolleys and Big Bands. Through all the changes, Wrightsville has never forgotten the hospitality that made it such a destination in the first place. Just ask the airplane full of Pennsylvanians who fled here to escape one of America’s first man-made disasters. Or the thousands who continue to come for happier reasons today.
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Praise For WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH: The Luminous Island, 2nd edition…
NOMINEE FOR THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA LITERARY AWARD
"Covering Big Bands, fire, hurricanes, and trolleys, McAlister captures Wrightsville Beach history and heart as he explains the appeal of the area that attracts so many annual visitors."
--OUR STATE NORTH CAROLINA
"Why is it called 'the luminous island'? ... You'll have to read the book which is filled with fabulous historical stories [and] dotted with wonderful pictures.
--NORTH CAROLINA SOCIETY OF HISTORIANS
"Congratulations on "Wrightsville Beach: The Luminous Island." ... I admire the research and effort you put into your well-written book. I'm aslo glad to have the map and the information I had never heard of about 'The National Negro Playground.' I'm recommending "Wrightsville Beach." ... Your book made me hungry for seafood and the beach."
--TOM WICKER, N.Y. TIMES COLUMNIST, AUTHOR, "A TIME TO DIE" AND "UNTO THIS HOUR: A NOVEL."
"Another home run with this book. ... Can't wait for your next one."
--AL BAIRD, FOUNDER, NORTH CAROLINA FISHING PIER SOCIETY
"McAllister perfectly captures the essence of Wrightsville Beach."
--DEAN SAFRIT, OWNER OF LITERARY BOOKPOST, IN OUR STATE NORTH CAROLINA
The 10th anniversary edition's release of "Wrightsville Beach: The Luminous Island" represents in milestone in several notable ways.
First, the reissue itself has been physically expanded: it's 35 percent larger, doubling the number of images to approximately 150 and increasing the size of others, it includes a new afterword by author Ray McAllister, and it includes a new foreword by book editor Ben Steelman of the Wilmington Star-News, a major voice in North Carolina literature. ...
The second thing to note is that Wrightsville Beach captures the landscape, evolutionary process, historical importance, and lives on an island which enjoys one of the largest populations of any island along the North Carolina coast....
As chapters trace the forces that affected and changed the island, from hurricanes to entertainment and cultural transformations and challenges to lifestyles, they pair vintage black and white images with candid assessments of these experiences: "It takes work to keep a paradise a paradise these days."
It also takes work to adequately capture the process of retaining a paradise in the face of change: much research has gone into the preservation process, with materials coming from archival records and libraries, the author's own collection, and even museums of natural sciences. The result is a wide-ranging survey of all the disparate forces that have shaped Wrightsville Beach and made it what it is today, ... making this [review] a powerful recommendation for any library strong in regional Americana.
--D. DONOVAN, SENIOR REVIEWER, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW