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Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket: An Explorer's Guide

Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket: An Explorer's Guide

by Kimberly Grant

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 472 PAGES

A practical guide to the popular tourist destinations of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, compiled by a local photographer and writer. (USE105, $21.95)

The Enduring Shore: A History of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket

The Enduring Shore: A History of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket

by Paul Schneider

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 367 PAGES

The natural and human history of Cape Cod and its surrounding islands, as written by a resident of Martha's Vineyard. (USE66, $19.99)

Cape Cod Seashore Life, An Introduction to Familiar Plants and Animals

Cape Cod Seashore Life, An Introduction to Familiar Plants and Animals

by James Kavanagh

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PLASTIC CARD

A handy foldup plastic card with color illustrations for easy identification. (USE439, $6.95)

Massachusetts EasyFinder

Massachusetts EasyFinder

by Rand McNally Maps

  • MAP

A folded, laminated map of Massachusetts at a scale of 1:530,000. (USE293, $7.95)

 
Cape Cod Map

Cape Cod Map


by Ltd. Compass Maps

  • MAP
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

A map of Cape Cod, including Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Island, at a scale of 1:107,000. (USE68, $6.95)

Cape Cod National Seashore Map

Cape Cod National Seashore Map


by Trails Illustrated

  • MAP

A detailed recreation map of Cape Cod National Seashore. (USE314, $11.95)

Newport, Rhode Island Street Map

Newport, Rhode Island Street Map


by G.M. Johnson Maps

  • MAP

A street map of Newport, Rhode Island at a scale of 1:32,000. (USE319, $4.95)

Away Offshore, Nantucket Island and Its People

Away Offshore, Nantucket Island and Its People


by Nathaniel Philbrick | Diane Swartz

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 273 PAGES

A cultural history of Nantucket and, most notably, of its storied whaling industry. This book is informed and entertainingly written, with a strong slant toward telling the stories of individuals. (USE266, $17.00)

In the Heart of the Sea, The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

In the Heart of the Sea, The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex


by Nathaniel Philbrick

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 302 PAGES

A seafaring tale of fearsome whales, cannibalism and sturdy 19th-century Nantucketers. The story depicts true events which inspired Melville to write Moby Dick. A fascinating history of 19th-century society in Nantucket. (OCE47, $17.00)

Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War


by Nathaniel Philbrick

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

National Book Award-winner Philbrick brings the 17th-century Plymouth colony to life, in all its gruesome detail, through its most interesting characters and events. He digs for the truths underlying the myths. (USE388, $17.00)

Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647

Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647


by William Bradford

  • HISTORY
  • 1981
  • PAPER
  • 385 PAGES

A readable, first-hand account of the early days of Plymouth. (USE291, $14.00)

The Big House, A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home

The Big House, A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home


by George Howe Colt

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

The author's personal tribute to the elaborately eccentric home where he spent most of his summers. This poignant memoir records 100 of history of the house, which was perched on a Cape Cod promontory overlooking Buzzards Bay. (USA476, $15.99)

Why Read Moby-Dick?

Why Read Moby-Dick?


by Nathaniel Philbrick

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 144 PAGES

Philbrook re-creates the world of Melville -- and the proud seaman's town of 19th-century Nantucket -- in this enthusiastic little book. (USE534, $25.00)

Oil and Ice, A Story of Arctic Disaster and the Rise and Fall of America's Last Whaling Dynasty

Oil and Ice, A Story of Arctic Disaster and the Rise and Fall of America's Last Whaling Dynasty


by Peter Nichols

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 306 PAGES

Nichols tells the riveting history of America's whaling industry and it's sudden fall in 1871, when a fleet of ships from New Bedford was destroyed in an arctic ice storm. (ARC264, $17.00)

Cape Cod

Cape Cod


by Henry David Thoreau | Paul Theroux

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 319 PAGES

Thoreau muses on the ocean and his surroundings, as he combs the beaches of Cape Cod in this compelling portrait of coastal Massachusetts, its human and natural history. (USE65, $16.00)

Land's End, A Walk in Provincetown

Land's End, A Walk in Provincetown


by Michael Cunningham

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

A brief, loving portrait of Provincetown, the town at the very tip of Cape Cod, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours. (USE254, $12.00)

Mark Twain, An Illustrated Biography

Mark Twain, An Illustrated Biography


by Geoffrey C. Ward | Dayton Duncan | Ken Burns

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2001
  • HARD COVER
  • 269 PAGES

This illustrated companion to the PBS series follows the arc of Twain's celebrated career. (USA440, $40.00)

The Perfect Storm, A True Story of Men Against the Sea

The Perfect Storm, A True Story of Men Against the Sea


by Sebastian Junger

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A gripping, now-famous blow-by-blow account of a 1991 disaster at sea. Junger reconstructs the final hours of six men aboard a 72-foot swordfish boat in the North Atlantic, battling against a torrential storm. (OCE06, $15.95)

Time and Tide: A Walk Through Nantucket

Time and Tide: A Walk Through Nantucket


by Frank Conroy

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 141 PAGES

An impressionistic memoir and account of life and love on the island of Nantucket. Conroy first visited as a 19-year-old in 1955. (USE326, $16.00)

Ahab's Wife

Ahab's Wife


by Sena Jeter Naslund

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 704 PAGES

First-rate historical fiction inspired by Melville, Nantucket whaling and 19th-century America. (USE279, $15.95)

Blues

Blues


by John Hersey

  • LITERATURE
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 205 PAGES

In this classic novella, Hersey turns a tale of a young stranger and an experienced fisherman, out fishing on Cape Cod, into a marvelous meditation on fishing -- and the natural history of the region. (USE521, $15.00)

Cape Cod

Cape Cod


by Henry David Thoreau

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 272 PAGES

The classic work, accompanied by Scot Miller's stunning photography of beach scenes which may have inspired Thoreau. (USE436, $35.00)

Against the Tide, The Fate of the New England Fisherman

Against the Tide, The Fate of the New England Fisherman


by Richard Adams Carey

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 381 PAGES

A discussion on the crisis that faces the New England fishing industry from a journalist who spent a year among the fishermen of Cape Cod. (USE44, $21.95)

Cod, A Biography of a Fish That Changed the World

Cod, A Biography of a Fish That Changed the World


by Mark Kurlansky

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 294 PAGES

A sparkling extended essay on the cod, looking at the importance of the fish to cuisine and history, as well as to Scandinavian, American and Canadian commerce. (OCE10, $16.00)

Death of a Hornet and Other Cape Cod Essays

Death of a Hornet and Other Cape Cod Essays


by Robert Finch

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

A collection of serene essays on the nature, wildlife, and inhabitants of Cape Cod by a keen observer and year-round resident. (USE84, $16.95)

The Outermost House, A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod

The Outermost House, A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod


by Henry Beston

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 218 PAGES

The chronicle of a year spent living alone in a remote Cape Cod beach house in 1925. These beloved essays, first published in 1928, capture the essence of the Cape, the sea, weather and animal life. (USE41, $16.99)

The Whale

The Whale


by Philip Hoare

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A deeply engaging meditation on all things whale. Hoare saves his special love and attention for the sperm whale -- not only via a beautiful literary analysis of Moby Dick -- but also by indulging in a childhood fantasy and actually swimming with whales in the Azores. (BST144, $15.99)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England

National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England


by Brian Cassie | Peter Alden

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1998
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 448 PAGES

A compact, easy-to-use overview of 1,000 New England's trees, wildflowers, mammals, insects and other flora and fauna. It also provides an extensive overview of the area's geology, weather patterns and natural sites. (USE06, $22.00)

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America


by Jon Dunn

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

This guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Practical to use in the field, it has maps, illustrations and descriptions of the birds on facing pages. (FG09, $27.95)

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America


by David Sibley

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

A compact, geographically-specific version of the Sibley Guide with all-new range maps, the same glorious illustrations and expanded, extremely valuable descriptions of each bird with status, habitat, range, voice and identifying marks. (USE262, $19.95)

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