Beach Dances: If you have an image in your mind of a favorite trip to the beach then stop reading for ten seconds and think about it. Can you see the beach? Can you feel the sand between your toes, the salt wind against your face, the water cooling your skin after staying in the sun a few minutes, or hours, longer than you needed too? Does your beach memory include a bright moon, your puppies enjoying the sand, or your young child's first beach trip?

Do you feel better? Like you just had a ten second break from the day?

Many of us have a cherished beach memory and the book Folly Beach Dances - The Infinite Rhythms of a South Carolina Seashore translates these memories into a form of healing with heart. The book, a labor of love by Sheree K. & Russell A. Nielsen, features amazing photography of life on the beach with reflections by Sheree and award winning women Authors. The book, according to Sheree, was born out a trip to the doctor for a knee injury while at the same time having the feeling that something was "off."

Read more: Folly Beach Dances Showcases Things We Hold Near & Dear About Beach Memories


Powerful. It’s a single word describing a naval vessel known as a battleship. The USS Alabama (BB-60) was the last of four South Dakota Class Battleships built for World War Two. The famed ship has been guarding the Gulf Coast and Mobile Bay for many years and has become one of the states most beloved, and visited, tourist attractions.

Read more: USS Alabama - A great beach read about the famed battleship!


Are you ready for SPEED? Talladega, NASCAR and SPEED! The racetrack in central Alabama known as Talladega Super Speedway, originally named Alabama International Motor Speedway, was built on the site of a World War II–era Air Force base in the heart of Alabama. Now the history of the famed track is told in the new book, Talladega Speedway, by author Kent Whitaker.

The book starts with NASCAR founder Bill France and his family as they envisioned a race track that would be faster, larger, and more exciting than any track built to date. The family sent out feelers and soon were looking at an old airbase in central Alabama as a possible site for the new track.

Construction began on May 23, 1968, and was completed on September 13, 1969. The end result is the most modern speedway ever built. Often simply referred to as “Dega,” the track is 2.66 miles long, its high-banked turns are nearly three stories tall, and race cars have reached speeds over 200 miles per hour. It is so popular that it is said to become one of the largest “temporary” cities in the state every race weekend. 

Author Kent Whitaker tells the visual story of Talladega Superspeedway, from its origins as farmland and then a military base to it becoming the most thrilling race track in motorsports. The images are from the collection of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Talladega Superspeedway. That's not the only place pictures and information came from.

Read more: Talladega Superspeedway Book is Perfect Lazy Day Beach Read



A Culinary Island Adventure

St. Croix Food & Wine Experience
A trip to the island from your own kitchen

If you’re a foodie with dreams of beautiful island landscapes, pristine beaches, crisp blue skies and ocean waves then head to St. Croix. If you can’t make the trip then your next best alternative is to grab a copy of the St. Croix Food & Wine Experience – A Culinary Guide to the Island Featuring Recipes from Island and Celebrity Chefs.

The book is more than a cookbook. It’s a culinary island adventure that will allow readers to savor a taste of St. Croix from the comfort of their own kitchen. In addition while enjoying the keepsake style book as an afternoon read on the couch.

Read more: St. Croix Food & Wine Experience


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