Recently a reader inquired about shell books, and asked for a recommendation. Below are several books that I have in my collection. I am not sure if they are all still in print.I have had the first three for more than 40 years! The last one listed below is a best seller at the Preservation Museum.
Seashells of North America, A Guide to Field Identification, by R. Tucker Abbott (280 pages)
A Field Guide to the Shells of Our Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, by Percy A. Morris (236 pages)
Sea Shells Common to North Carolina, by Hugh J. Porter (36 pages)
Seashells of North Carolina, by Hugh Porter and Lynn Houser (132 pages)
No doubt numerous new books on shell identification have been published. An Internet search should lead you to them.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Rondthalers of Ocracoke Island. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news032112.htm.