Meet the Booksellers!

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Meaghan Beasley

Meaghan Beasley is an Island Bookstore Indie Bookseller going on 13 years. She moved to the Outer Banks for what she thought would be a couple of years; but she met a local crabber, fell in love, and now calls these beaches her home. While she reads across all genres and has mountainous piles of books all over her home, Meaghan loves especially to read mysteries, science, sci fi/fantasy, and graphic novels. Meaghan serves the stores as Children’s Buyer, Marketing Coordinator, and Kitty Hawk store manager.

Favorite Books:
Seriously? All of them! I’m a bookseller!!!

The Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
The Map of Time – Felix J. Palma
The Gargoyle – Andrew Davidson
A Confederacy of Dunces – J. Kennedy Toole
Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris
The Glass Castle – Jeanette Walls
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers
A Winter’s Tale – Mark Helprin
The Lonely Polygamist – Brady Udall
The Tearling Trilogy – Erika Johannson
Incarceron & Saffique – Catherine Fischer
The WandLa Trilogy – Tony DiTerlizzi
Buddha – Osamu Tezuka
The Unwritten – Make Carey


Carson Fish

Carson grew up on the Outer Banks and started working at Island Bookstore during high school.  She received her B.A. in Russian Language & Culture at UNC – Chapel Hill and will be returning there this fall to start a Master of Library Science.  She loves trying to stay up-to-date with new fiction and also particularly enjoys reading Russian literature and Southern authors.  She currently serves at the Corolla store manager.

Favorite Books:

Just Kids – Patti Smith

The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton

A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

The Interestings – Meg Wolitzer

The Blazing World – Siri Hustvedt

Fun Home – Alison Bechdel

Hold Still – Sally Mann

Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf



Carrie Austin

Carrie Austin has been working at the Island Bookstore for nearly five years.  She has lived on the Outer Banks her whole life and has recently graduated from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her favorite genres include sci-fi/fantasy, graphic novels, and the classics.


Cindy Taylor

Cindy is going on her sixth year working at Island Bookstore! She absolutely loves this job and being surrounded by books and talking to book buyers about their current reads, authors and favorite books five days a week!

While she’s  drawn mostly to non-fiction (including history, memoirs, business, sports and yummy cook books) Cindy also enjoys plenty of fiction.  She’d love for you to stop by the Duck store to talk about what you’ve been reading!

Her favorite authors include:

David McCullough

Malcolm Gladwell

Michael Lewis Eric Larson

Davis Sedaris


2016 Favorite List:

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough


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Lauri Weisbecker

Lauri is the third person in her family to work at Island Bookstore.  Usually it’s the children following in their parents footsteps, but this time it’s the reverse – she has followed in theirs.  Both of her daughters have worked (and one still does) for Island Bookstore through their high school years and one of them through her college years. Lauri loves meeting and talking with customers who come from near and far.
When she’s not at work, she enjoys camping with her husband and family and spending as much time as possible in the fresh air.  She enjoys reading several types of genres, including southern literature, historical fiction, biographies, and espionage, to keep it interesting.
Favorite Books:
Anne of Green Gable series – L.M. Montgomery
O Pioneers – Willa Cather
Books by Sara Addison Allen, David Baldacci, Jeffrey Archer, Erica Bauermeister…
Magic Time –  Doug Marlette
The Martian – Andy Weir
Orphan Train – Christina Baker Kline

Recommends for Intermediate readers:
The Cay – Theodore Taylor (one of my favorite elementary reads)
The Princess Academy and Goose Girl – Shannon Hale
The Penderwicks books – Jeanne Birdsall