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Looking for the perfect holiday gift for someone who loves the Lowcountry and loves to read? Check out these new releases:

Another new title that celebrates the beauty of the Lowcountry is “Hilton Head Island” by Starbooks and Lydia Inglett Publishing. This book is filled with gorgeous photos and articles about the history, nature, culture and amenities of the island. Local author Ryan Copeland and the Camera Club of Hilton Head collaborated on the book.

But the book goes beyond high-quality photos to really set the scene for readers using augmented reality technology. Readers can download a free app called Aurasma, and then use their smartphones or tablets to scan photos marked with the Snap Click! icon. These pages contain hidden code that immediately launches a video in the app.

For a look at what augmented reality can do, click on an image of the Harbour Town Lighthouse to see an aerial drone tour of the famous landmark, or flip to page 79 to see dolphins swimming in the ocean.

Hilton Head Island publisher Lydia Inglett said copies of the book sold like hotcakes at the recent Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival.

“People were just mesmerized by being able to get that moving experience from a photograph,” Inglett said. “We feel like this combines the best of both a gorgeous book and living, moving content.”


For a stocking stuffer or a Secret Santa gift, Carole Marsh Longmeyer’s new book “Lowcountry Christmas A to Z” details the things that make Christmas so special in the Lowcountry. Longmeyer defines the Lowcountry as coastal areas of South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia. Published by Atlanta-based Gallopade, the book teaches readers about the history, culture and cuisine of the region and includes several traditional Lowcountry Christmas recipes, like Saltwater Taffy, Gullah-Geechee Gingerbread, Bourbon Sweet Potatoes and Bluffton Eggnog Pound Cake.

“I’ve always loved everything about what I call Lowcountry Christmas,” Longmeyer said. “There are so many traditions, delicious recipes and things that are fun to remember about all the old-time celebrations and traditions. I like having a book like this to revisit with my children and now with my grandchildren.”

BOOKS3Painting the Southern Coast: The Art of West Fraser” is a collection of the paintings of the renowned representational artist who grew up in the Lowcountry.

For the past 40 years, West Fraser has sketched and painted his way through the Southeastern coast of the United States. His works depict scenes from Winyah Bay in Georgetown County all the way to St. Augustine, Florida. This high-quality coffee table book features paintings of scenes from Charleston, Hilton Head Island, Daufuskie Island, Savannah and the Golden Isles.

" ‘Painting the Southern Coast’ is a culmination of a body of work that inspired me in my youth,” Fraser said. “This is the land I was born to and a place that has defined my artistic spirit. The book, through my paintings and anecdotes, shares this land of the Lowcountry and reveals aspects of this popular coast little known by the casual visit or the new arrivals."



Looking for a book about the Lowcountry to give as a holiday gift? Try these suggestions: