The Jersey Shore Uncovered by Peter Genovese
A Revealing Season on the Beach

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Spend a summer with Peter Genovese as he chronicles a typical wild and wacky, kitschy and classy season along the New Jersey coastline.

Lifeguards, surfers, beachgoers, birders, ice cream vendors, seashell sellers, banner pilots-they're all here. You'll be on the scene when Atlantic City's mayor officially begins summer by "unlocking the ocean," get a whiff of the state barbeque championship, watch the nation's longest-running all-women lifeguard competition, and even spend a weekend, Survivor-style, on a Barnegat Bay island.

The Ocean City Baby Parade, Clownfest, the state's hottest bikini contest, and the World Series of Surf Fishing are all covered. You'll also meet the folks at the Diamondback Terrapin Conservation Project, the Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge, and the Marine Mammal Stranding Center.

Genovese introduces you to Little Miss Chaos and the King of Corn, the Jersey Shore Hot Dog Queen, and Lucky Leo. You'll go on patrol with the New Jersey State Marine Police, meet the man behind Big Mike's E-Z Bail Bonds, and find salvation at the Boardwalk Chapel.

The Jersey Shore Uncovered flawlessly depicts the timeless allure of New Jersey beach culture. Along with his stories, Genovese brings readers hundreds of color and black-and-white photos that brilliantly capture exactly what makes this 127-mile stretch of shoreline unique. Whether you've never been to a New Jersey beach or you're a Jersey native who spends your summers "down the Shore," you're certain to learn a thing or two from this book. So get settled in your beach chair, put on some suntan lotion, and enjoy.

 

About Peter Genovese

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PETER GENOVESE is a feature writer at The Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey). He is the author of ten books, including Jersey Diners, Roadside New Jersey, The Great American Road Trip: U.S. 1, Maine to Florida, and The Jersey Shore Uncovered: A Revealing Season at the Beach (all Rutgers University Press).
 
Published September 29, 2003 by Rutgers University Press. 240 pages
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Proud New Jerseyan Genovese is no stranger to writing books on his home state, and in building his oeuvre, the Newark Star-Ledger writer turns to summer fun with this follow-up to his previous books, Roadside New Jersey and Jersey Diners.

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