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Books, Songs & Films

Books about Ocean City

Great Storms of the Jersey Seashore
Larry Savadove and Margaret Thomas Buchholz
Down the Shore Publishing
1993
"To be at the Jersey shore during the hurricane of 1944 or the northeaster of 1962 was to be witness to forces that boggle the mind, bend the imagination... " Many references to the impact felt by Ocean City residents are included.

Greetings from Ocean City
Down the Shore Publishing
1995
22 usable postcard reproductions from Ocean City's past.

A History of Ocean City, New Jersey
Harold Lee
1965
Compiled by the author after the formation of the OC Historical Society, this was the first published history of Ocean City.

Images of America -- Ocean City, New Jersey, Vol I
Frank and Robert Esposito
1996
A pictorial trip into the history of Ocean City.

Images of America -- Ocean City, New Jersey, Vol II
Frank and Robert Esposito
1998
A second pictorial trip into the history of Ocean City uncovers many more vintage photographs of the town's seaside attractions.

OCEAN CITY -- America's Greatest Family Resort
Fred Miller -- Arcadia Publishing
2003
The most comprehensive story of Ocean City's history.

Ocean City Memories
Harold Lee
1979
This book gives the reader a clear view of how Ocean City became what it is today -- and rekindles memories for long-time residents.

Ocean City New Jersey -- Postcard History
Mark McLaughlin
1999
Black and white postcard reproductions with historical comments by the author.

Peck's Beach
Tim Cain
1988
The story of a community whose character is unique among those of other southern New Jersey shore towns.

The Saga of the Sindia
Compiled by Alberta Lamphear
1992
This fact-filled 31-page booklet is a compilation of the various accounts of the ill-fated vessel, the Sindia. This booklet is available for purchase from the Museum store.

Seaside Scenes and Thoughts
Walter Wilder
1914
Walter traveled from Boston by steamer to spend the summer of 1913 at an Ocean City home. While there, he kept this day-by-day diary describing his meetings, his walks, and the world in general.

Shipwrecks off Ocean City
David Seibold and Charles Adams
1986
Stories of ships wrecked near Ocean City waters.

The Wreck of the Sindia
Lucinda Hathaway
Down the Shore Publishing
1995
In this fact-based adventure, Takashi, a young Japanese boy is shanghaied aboard the Sindia, a sailing ship bound for New York at the turn of the century. (A companion teacher's "Float Plan," is also available from Down the Shore Publishing.) Offered here as an Acrobat PDF file.

Unto the Sons
Gay Talese
1992
The epic of millions who emigrated to the US from Italy. Gay details many of his experiences growing up in the flag-waving, Protestant island of Ocean City.

A View from Macaroni Street
Nicholas Regine
1999
The story of the Italian American immigration to Ocean City, New Jersey is told.

We Had a Shore Fast Line
Melvin E. Borgnis
1979
The story of the rail line, which ran inland between Atlantic City and Ocean City, and terminated at 8th and the Boardwalk in OC. Stories of the drivers and the people who rode the trollies.

The Wreck of "The Sindia"
The Ocean City Ledger
1902?
This nine-page booklet, originally published by the Ocean City Ledger, recounts the Sindia's story.

Songs & Videos

The Empty Seat

Phyllis Green
1980
This young reader's novel, set in Ocean City, centers around eleven-year-old Michael who is spending the summer at his grandparent's cottage. Set in OCNJ in the 1970's, there are references to sites around town, goofy golf, the Flanders' swimming pools, fudge samples at the fudge store on the boards. An enjoyable read just for the local color, but many growing-of-age issues as well, even if a bit quirky at times.

Killing Time in Ocean City

Jane Kelly
1998
This novel, set in Ocean City, is a tumultuous tale of a vacation that takes a series of disastrous, and often dangerous turns.

Motorcycle Enlightenment

Charles Sides
2000
The only thing Alan Pierce, 40, knows for certain is where to find really good pizza on the Ocean City, New Jersey, boardwalk.

Surfing Summer

James Connor III
1969
This novel was written about two best friends who spent a summer at the seashore learning how to surf. While there are no specific references to Ocean City within the story, the writer spent three summers working in OC, where he enjoyed riding the Ocean City waves.

Takashi’s Voyage

The Wreck of the Sindia
Lucinda Hathaway
1995
In this fact-based adventure, Takashi, a young Japanese boy is shanghaied aboard the Sindia, a sailing ship bound for New York at the turn of the century. (A companion teacher's "Float Plan," is also available from Down the Shore Publishing.)