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Happier than This Day and Time

(2012)
An Oral History of the Outer Banks of North Carolina
A non fiction book by

 
 
"A major contribution to the preservation of the lore and heritage of the Outer Banks." -- David Stick

"The voices ring with authenticity." -- Paul Clancy, Norfolk Virginian-Pilot

How much would you give to talk quietly for just one hour
with your great-grandmother? Most likely, almost anything.
But Time rushes by like a hurricane-driven tide, cutting us off from those who went before. It bears away the old voices and the old ways. Bears away what we loved, and what we realize, too late, we still desperately need.

This book's a bridge to that past. In a series of interviews conducted in the late 1970's and early 1980's, eight elderly people recount their lives on a string of isolated islands off the North Carolina coast...The Outer Banks. These survivors tell of childhood, courting, marriage, and children; of hurricanes, depressions, wars, and death; faith, doubt, love, and fear. They watched the Wright brothers fly; saw U-boats torpedo ships offshore; dealt with blindness and heartbreak and shipwreck.

Now, near the ends of their voyages, they linger for a little while to tell us of The Way Things Were. And they'll tell us more -- if we'll listen. With a little urging, they'll share their thoughts on the ultimate questions; good and evil, youth and age, triumph and suffering.

From the first word, they cast a spell.



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Paperback Editions

December 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Happier Than This Day And Time: An Oral History of the Outer Banks of North Carolina
Author(s): David Poyer
ISBN: 1-4810-8943-9 / 978-1-4810-8943-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Kindle Editions

July 2012 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Happier than This Day and Time: An Oral History of the Outer Banks of North Carolina
Author(s): David Poyer
Publisher: Northampton House
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