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A guidebook to history, culture and nature on the North Shore of Massachusetts, from Salem to Gloucester to Newburyport.

The new Essex Coastal Scenic Byway links thirteen towns on the North Shore of Massachusetts to highlight their history, culture and scenic beauty. From Lynn to Salem to Gloucester to Newburyport, the Byway leads travelers to picturesque downtowns and busy working harbors, along sandy beaches and rocky shores.

There are plenty of guidebooks to tell visitors which motels have pools and which restaurants get three stars. What they need is a book written by a local, someone who can tell them why the Great Marsh is important to everyone and where you really get the best fried clams and how Motif #1 got so famous. Oh, and when to avoid the greenhead flies. (Slap!)

THE ESSEX COASTAL BYWAY GUIDE is that book. And I'm the guy to write it.

I grew up near Essex County and visited often. I've lived in Newburyport for almost fifteen years and written about life on the North Shore for the Boston Globe since 2005. I’ve kayaked the marshes, sailed the coast, biked and hiked and bird-watched, sometimes for a story and sometimes just for fun. From all this comes an appreciation of what makes the North Shore special and how its seemingly disparate parts fit together.

THE ESSEX COASTAL BYWAY GUIDE will come out as a paperback and e-book in October. Your support will enable the first printing of the book and allow me to pay some of the folks who've helped me pull it together.

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    Everything from the $50 level - plus your choice of one of artist Dylan Metrano's original paper cuts from the cover! ... The Man at the Wheel, the Heron, the House of Seven Gables or the Ardelle under construction could be yours; there's also an image of a pile of clams that might be used on the back cover. The artwork is 5"x5" and matted and framed in a 10" square frame. Nice! These are originals - not prints or reproductions. Only one available!

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    Everything from the $100 package - plus, I'll kill you! In my next Libertyport murder mystery that is. I expect to publish that book circa October, 2013, and I will find a corpse that could have your name on it. I reserve the right to refund the extra money if we can't make it work, for instance if your name is John Smith or Jesus X. Zappa. If you don't want to die, maybe we can find another role. Only one available!

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    Your own personal book signing and lobster bake for six people (including you). On a mutually agreed date, I will come to your home with six books, six lobsters and a couple of six packs, along with steamers and side dishes. I will cook, talk and sign books. I will even help clean up. You are responsible for dessert and telling me if anyone has a food allergy. (Limited, loosely, to within one hour's drive of Newburyport. Farther away? Talk to me.) Plus: Special acknowledgment on the supporters page in the book and an account of our night together on the blog and Facebook page.

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