Cape Fear Rising
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 426

Cape Fear Rising

In August 1898, Wilmington, North Carolina, was a mecca for middle-class Negroes. Many of the city's lawyers, businessmen, and other professionals were black, as were all the tradesmen and stevedores. Negroes outnumbered whites by more than two to one.But the white civic leaders, many descended from the antebellum aristocracy, did not consider this progress. They looked around and saw working class whites out of jobs. They heard Negroes addressing whites "in the familiar." They hated the fact that local government was run by Republican "Fusionists" sympathetic to the black majority.Rumors began to fly. The newspaper office turned into an arsenal. Secret societies espousing white supremacy we...

Hatteras Light
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 232

Hatteras Light

Set at the Hatteras lighthouse, this is a story of the islanders up against a German U-boat which indiscriminately sinks civilian and military vessels.

Writing a Book That Makes a Difference
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 256

Writing a Book That Makes a Difference

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2000-03-01
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  • Publisher: Story Press

This book show how by distilling out the elusive ingredients that make a work memorable, one that changes lives.

The Dark of the Island
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 240

The Dark of the Island

Nick Wolf is a “public research specialist” for NorthAm Oil Company, but he likes to think of himself as the company storyteller. Nick, who believes in the old-fashioned integrity of the people who run NorthAm, is sent to scout potential oil exploration/drilling sites to assess the political climate. He keeps a low profile while he meets the locals and figures out who the real players are and how they can be convinced that NorthAm will be good for their community. His latest assignment sends him to Hatteras Island, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Growing up, Nick’s grandmother used to whisper the name of the island “like a hissing curse that shouldn’t be spoken out loud.” Nick...

The Art of Creative Research
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 234

The Art of Creative Research

Everyone who writes a novel, a poem, or a memoir almost certainly conducts research along the waywhether to develop a story idea, or to capture the voice, the speech patterns, or the exact words of a character, or to ensure authenticity or accuracy of detail in describing a person, a place, an object, a setting. This kind of experiential research is an art form of its own, and this book is the first to treat it as such. Addressing writers of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, Philip Gerard covers all the different kinds of archives that might inform creative work, including historical documents, site visits, interviews, and memory. He offers practical tips for drawing on these different types of sources, including such mundane matters as planning and budgeting for travel costs, arranging access in advance, and troubleshooting when plans go awry. And he illustrates how the insights gleaned from research can be incorporated into stories, poems, and nonfiction using examples from a wide range of writers."

Creative Nonfiction
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 216

Creative Nonfiction

Nonfiction is in the facts. Creative nonfiction is in the telling. It reads like fiction, but stays loyal to the truth. Philip Gerard walks this fine line with confidence, style and utter zeal, looking at the world with a reporters unflinching eye and offering it up with all the skill of a master storyteller. With the same clarity and passion, Gerard offers instruction and advice to help aspiring and experienced writers create pieces so compelling, so engaging, that readers will never forget them.

Down the Wild Cape Fear
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 276

Down the Wild Cape Fear

Down the Wild Cape Fear: A River Journey through the Heart of North Carolina

The Patron Saint of Dreams and Other Essays
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 183

The Patron Saint of Dreams and Other Essays

Meet the characters of essayist Philip Gerard's world: a misguided sailor and his crew of rowdy teenage boys, an ancient nun, a nurse who believes the government has been secretly spreading bubonic plague, a park ranger, jaded baseball players, a voice on a VHF radio far out to sea, a family of itinerant Mexicans camping dangerously in a dry riverbed, a famous alcoholic writer, a few inexplicable ghosts. Gerard's true stories are shot through with the uncanny and the mysterious. They are not quiet interior contemplations but instead are full of public events, remarkable encounters, and life-and-death moments that reveal and deepen the mysteries of our lives. The Patron Saint of Dreams is a c...

Philip Gerard
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 334

Philip Gerard

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1899
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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Secret Soldiers
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 400

Secret Soldiers

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2002
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  • Publisher: E P Dutton

Profiles the virtually unknown 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, an elite, thousand-man "ghost army" that helped win the Battle of Europe and fought in more campaigns than any other unit in the European Theater of Operations. 30,000 first printing.