By: Barbara Sillery
Winner of the 2017 Beach Book Festival. Based on the acclaimed PBS documentary, Biloxi Memories and the Broadwater Beach Hotel, produced and written by Barbara Sillery, this book is an illustrated celebration of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It delves into Biloxi’s rich history from the first inhabitants until today. Sillery provides intimate details about some of its famous visitors like Elvis, Jayne Mansfield, and Paul Newman. Other chapters offer insights into local characters like George Orr, the “Mad Potter of Biloxi,” and the “Hermit of Deer Island.” From the grand old hotels like the Edgewater and the Broadwater Beach to the proliferation of motels and guest houses, it is a glimpse into a storied past. The iconic Biloxi lighthouse shines once again as does the tale of the origins of Barq’s root beer and the thriving seafood industry. Captured through vintage postcards, photographs, memorabilia, and numerous one-on-one interviews are the memories of generations who visited this landmark city. Sillery records the region’s vibrant history as a gambling mecca and its inhabitants resilient resolve as they rebuilt after the devastation of hurricanes Camille and Katrina. This book is a must read for all who love the Gulf Coast. Available in bookstores and as an ebook and Nookbook.
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