10 Books About Jersey Shore Towns, Beaches, Boardwalks, Amusements, Food: Mybergen.com Affiliate Partner Advertisement
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Whether you're headed to the Jersey Shore and need quick vacation-time reading material, or if you simply want to read about your favorite beach town from the comfort of your North Jersey home, the following books, available through Amazon.com, will transport you to the land of sun, sand, amusement parks, boardwalks and cheese steaks!

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The Beach Bum's Guide to the Boardwalks of New Jersey

New Jersey is home to classic and legendary boardwalks -- explore all of them, past and present, in this useful and informative guide to the Shore's ''boards.'' This take-it-with-you guidebook offers locations, directions, maps, as well as side trip suggestions. Boardwalk history and trivia are provided alongside color photographs and old postcard images. This expanded and revised 2nd edition also includes a new section about biking the boardwalks, too. Click here for more information or to purchase this book.

Explorer's Guide Jersey Shore: Atlantic City to Cape May: A Great Destination

Expert coverage of the distinctive 47 miles of southern New Jersey shore region, from Atlantic City to Cape May. Featuring expert coverage of the distinctive New Jersey shore region, from Atlantic City to Cape May. Jen Miller uncovers the fast-paced excitement that is Atlantic City, catering to visitors who are captivated by casino gambling, world-class entertainment, and nonstop nightlife. In addition, this upbeat guide includes Cape May information for bird-watchers, beachgoers, and fans of Victoriana: tour the town by trolley, enjoy culinary delights from crabcakes to international cuisine, or simply relax by the ocean. Finally, the ultimate Jersey Shore getaway—the Wildwoods—tempts with saltwater taffy, funnel cakes, fresh breezes, and countless other delicacies. 100 full-color photographs. Click here for more information or to purchase this book.

Rock & Roll Tour of the Jersey Shore

The fourth edition of Rock & Roll Tour of the Jersey Shore details close to 200 locations of historical rock 'n' roll sites in New Jersey's Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties -- including Bruce Springsteen-related clubs, houses, street corners and other landmarks in Asbury Park, Freehold, Long Branch, Red Bank and beyond. The book is 200 pages with more than 600 photos of Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Southside Johnny and many others who made their mark on the Asbury Park and Jersey Shore music scene over the years. The first three editions of this book, published in 2002 (64 pages) and 2005 (146 pages) and 2008 (200 pages), are sold out and are no longer available -- so this new edition is updated and particularly welcome, and highly recommended for those who have ever wondered what sites to see when they make that pilgrimage to Bruce Springsteen's Jersey Shore. Click here for more information or to purchase this book.

Cottages and Mansions of the Jersey Shore

In this delightful collection of personal accounts, historical anecdotes, and gorgeous photographs, Caroline Seebohm and Peter C. Cook cast a fresh eye on the dazzling array of quaint cottages, quirky bungalows, and splendid mansions that generation after generation have chosen as their summer homes. They explore the grand nineteenth-century palaces of Spring Lake and Bay Head, the private mansions of Deal and Allenhurst, and the charming surprises of Cape May Point. Through the cooperation of local residents, they also provide a rare look into some of the most secret and elusive private homes. Click here for more information or to purchase this book.

Lifeguards of the Jersey Shore

The compelling story of how and why modern ocean lifeguarding emerged on the New Jersey shore is told through 298 rare, unpublished, primary source photographs and fascinating text. A state-wide perspective of beach patrols, from Sandy Hook to Cape May, emerges. Lifeguard gear, from then and now, reflects how technology has enhanced ocean rescue's effectiveness. Click here for more information or to purchase this book.

The Ocean City Bucket List: 100 Ways To Have Real Ocean City Experience

Ocean City, New Jersey has hidden gems not found in any guidebooks, not advertised on any brochures. This book takes you behind the scenes of our favorite city. Some of the entries may be familiar, and you can check those off immediately, but others may be a mystery. As you check off your adventures (some easy, some more challenging), you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’ve gone beyond the typical “tourist” status and become an “honorary local,” and trust me, that’s a more desirable handle than “shoobie.” Click here for more information or to purchase this book.

Eighteen Miles of History on Long Beach Island

The first of three elegant companion books about Long Beach Island by John Bailey Lloyd, ''this loving history'' (as the first edition was described by The Record of Hackensack) brings the shore's past to life. Filled with historic photographs, old engravings, maps and illustrations carefully reproduced and printed, this hardcover captures a sense of the Jersey Shore that residents and visitors long for today. Readers will rediscover the lost resort of Sea Haven and Tucker's Island in this book, they will ride the Tuckerton and Long Beach railroads to the new resort of Beach Haven, stay in its delightful and airy seashore hotels, and stroll its elegant boardwalk. They will experience the fear of the legendary 1916 shark attacks, visit the early gunning and yacht clubs, and watch pound fishermen haul in boats brimming with fish caught just off the beach. John Bailey Lloyd's wonderful writing style, combined with extraordinary old images, will fill readers with a true sense of place. Click here for more information or to purchase this book.

Jersey Shore Food History: Victorian Feasts to Boardwalk Treats

No trip to the Jersey Shore would be complete without indulging in the cuisine that helps make it famous. These foods we enjoy today are part of a long tradition beginning in the Victorian era, when big oceanfront hotels served elaborate meals. Diverse dishes and restaurants emerged during prohibition and the Great Depression, when fast food appeared and iconic boardwalk treats developed. Predating the farm to table movement, fancy and fast eateries have been supplied by local fishermen and farmers for decades. So whether you indulge in a tomato pie, pork roll or salt water taffy, take a mouthwatering historical tour and discover timeless treats from Sandy Hook to Cape May. Click here for more information or to purchase this book.

My Cape May

Cape May is regarded as the nation's oldest seaside resort and is a popular tourist destination today. For photographer Mark Malacavage and countless other visitors and residents, Cape May, New Jersey, is a place of exquisite beauty and spirit. As seen through Malacavage's lens, that natural beauty comes alive in 230 color images. From the Washington Street Pedestrian Mall and other landmarks around town to the beaches, the images tell the story of why so many people love Cape May and keep coming back year after year after year. Whether you are already one of those people, are planning a first time visit, or just appreciate fine photography, My Cape May will be a treasured addition to your table or bookshelf. Click here for more information or to purchase this book.

Asbury Park Reborn: Lost to Time and Restored to Glory

Asbury Park's diverse array of landmarks creates an unforgettable impression of this legendary seaside city. They tell the story of its past, present and even future. The elegant, Art Deco-inspired Convention Hall captures the resort's glittering heyday in the 1920s and '30s, while structures like the Upstage seem to echo with the voices of aspiring musicians like Bruce Springsteen when they played at intimate venues, defining Asbury's world-renowned music scene. As the city forges ahead with ambitious redevelopment plans, many neglected buildings have been rehabilitated, but others continue to deteriorate, despite a groundswell of public opposition. From opulent movie houses to down-and-dirty rock-and-roll clubs, these landmarks trace the evolution of Asbury Park from a tiny nineteenth-century resort town to the world-famous playground of today. Click here for more information or to purchase this book.