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Cape Cod & the Islands and Newport

Reading and Travel Guide
Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude. We have updated the original package. These are the current recommendations.
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Essential Reading Package-EXUSE202

Buy these 4 items as a set for $61 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

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

USE66
Paul Schneider
Henry Holt
2001
367
0805067345
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The natural and human history of Cape Cod and its surrounding islands, as written by a resident of Martha's Vineyard.
$25.99

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

USE439
James Kavanagh
Waterford Press
2008
1583553576
PLASTIC CARD
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A handy foldup plastic card with color illustrations for easy identification.
$7.95

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

USE105
Kimberly Grant
Countryman Press
2017
448
1682680118
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide to the popular tourist destinations of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, compiled by a local photographer and writer.
$21.95

Massachusetts EasyFinder

USE293
Rand McNally Maps
Rand McNally
2
0528998366
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A folded, laminated map of Massachusetts at a scale of 1:530,000.
$7.95

Cape Cod National Seashore Map

USE314
National Geographic Maps
National Geographic Maps
2013
2
1566950430
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed recreation map of Cape Cod National Seashore.
$11.95

Newport, Rhode Island Street Map

USE319
G.M. Johnson Maps
MapLink
2011
2
1770681116
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A street map of Newport, Rhode Island at a scale of 1:32,000.
$5.95

Away Offshore, Nantucket Island and Its People

USE266
Nathaniel Philbrick, Diane Swartz
Penguin Putnam
2011
273
0143120123
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.00

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

OCE47
Nathaniel Philbrick
Viking
2001
302
0141001828
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

USE388
Nathaniel Philbrick
Penguin Putnam
2007
496
0143111973
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.00

Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647

USE291
William Bradford
McGraw-Hill
1981
385
0075542811
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A readable, first-hand account of the early days of Plymouth.
$14.00

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

USA476
George Howe Colt
Scribner
2004
336
074324964X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.99

Why Read Moby-Dick?

USE534
Nathaniel Philbrick
Viking
2013
131
0143123971
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Philbrook re-creates the world of Melville -- and the proud seaman's town of 19th-century Nantucket -- in this enthusiastic little book.
$13.00

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

ARC264
Peter Nichols
Random House
2010
306
0143118366
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

Cape Cod

USE65
Henry David Thoreau, Paul Theroux (Introduction)
Penguin Putnam
1995
319
0140170022
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

Land's End, A Walk in Provincetown

USE254
Michael Cunningham
Picador USA
2012
176
0609609076
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A brief, loving portrait of Provincetown, the town at the very tip of Cape Cod, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours.
$15.00

Mark Twain, An Illustrated Biography

USA440
Geoffrey C. Ward, Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
Alfred Knopf
2001
269
0375405615
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This illustrated companion to the PBS series follows the arc of Twain's celebrated career.
$40.00

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

OCE06
Sebastian Junger
HarperCollins
2009
256
0393337014
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

Time and Tide: A Walk Through Nantucket

USE326
Frank Conroy
Crown
2004
141
1400046599
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
An impressionistic memoir and account of life and love on the island of Nantucket. Conroy first visited as a 19-year-old in 1955.
$16.00

Ahab's Wife

USE279
Sena Jeter Naslund
HarperCollins Publishers
2005
704
0060838744
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
First-rate historical fiction inspired by Melville, Nantucket whaling and 19th-century America.
$15.95

Blues

USE521
John Hersey
Random House
1988
205
0394757025
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.00

Cape Cod

USE436
Henry David Thoreau
Houghton Mifflin Company
2008
272
0618758453
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The classic work, accompanied by Scot Miller's stunning photography of beach scenes which may have inspired Thoreau.
$35.00

Against the Tide, The Fate of the New England Fisherman

USE44
Richard Adams Carey
Houghton Mifflin Company
2000
381
061805698X
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
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.
$21.95

Cod, A Biography of a Fish That Changed the World

OCE10
Mark Kurlansky
Penguin Putnam
2009
294
0140275010
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

Death of a Hornet and Other Cape Cod Essays

USE84
Robert Finch
Counterpoint
2001
288
1582431388
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A collection of serene essays on the nature, wildlife, and inhabitants of Cape Cod by a keen observer and year-round resident.
$16.95

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

USE41
Henry Beston
Henry Holt and Company
2003
218
080507368X
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.99

The Whale

BST144
Philip Hoare
Ecco Press
2011
256
0061976202
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.99

National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England

USE06
Brian Cassie, Peter Alden
Alfred Knopf
1998
448
0679446761
FLEXI-BOUND
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$23.95

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

FG09
Jon Dunn
National Geographic
2017
592
1426218354
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$29.99

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America

USE262
David Sibley
Alfred Knopf
2016
464
0307957918
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.95

Cape Cod National Seashore Map

USE314
National Geographic Maps
National Geographic Maps
2013
2
1566950430
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed recreation map of Cape Cod National Seashore.
$11.95

Newport, Rhode Island Street Map

USE319
G.M. Johnson Maps
MapLink
2011
2
1770681116
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A street map of Newport, Rhode Island at a scale of 1:32,000.
$5.95

Away Offshore, Nantucket Island and Its People

USE266
Nathaniel Philbrick, Diane Swartz
Penguin Putnam
2011
273
0143120123
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.00

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

OCE47
Nathaniel Philbrick
Viking
2001
302
0141001828
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

USE388
Nathaniel Philbrick
Penguin Putnam
2007
496
0143111973
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.00

Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647

USE291
William Bradford
McGraw-Hill
1981
385
0075542811
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A readable, first-hand account of the early days of Plymouth.
$14.00

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

USA476
George Howe Colt
Scribner
2004
336
074324964X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.99

Why Read Moby-Dick?

USE534
Nathaniel Philbrick
Viking
2013
131
0143123971
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Philbrook re-creates the world of Melville -- and the proud seaman's town of 19th-century Nantucket -- in this enthusiastic little book.
$13.00

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

ARC264
Peter Nichols
Random House
2010
306
0143118366
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

Cape Cod

USE65
Henry David Thoreau, Paul Theroux (Introduction)
Penguin Putnam
1995
319
0140170022
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

Land's End, A Walk in Provincetown

USE254
Michael Cunningham
Picador USA
2012
176
0609609076
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A brief, loving portrait of Provincetown, the town at the very tip of Cape Cod, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours.
$15.00

Mark Twain, An Illustrated Biography

USA440
Geoffrey C. Ward, Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
Alfred Knopf
2001
269
0375405615
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This illustrated companion to the PBS series follows the arc of Twain's celebrated career.
$40.00

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

OCE06
Sebastian Junger
HarperCollins
2009
256
0393337014
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

Time and Tide: A Walk Through Nantucket

USE326
Frank Conroy
Crown
2004
141
1400046599
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
An impressionistic memoir and account of life and love on the island of Nantucket. Conroy first visited as a 19-year-old in 1955.
$16.00

Ahab's Wife

USE279
Sena Jeter Naslund
HarperCollins Publishers
2005
704
0060838744
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
First-rate historical fiction inspired by Melville, Nantucket whaling and 19th-century America.
$15.95

Blues

USE521
John Hersey
Random House
1988
205
0394757025
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.00

Cape Cod

USE436
Henry David Thoreau
Houghton Mifflin Company
2008
272
0618758453
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The classic work, accompanied by Scot Miller's stunning photography of beach scenes which may have inspired Thoreau.
$35.00

Against the Tide, The Fate of the New England Fisherman

USE44
Richard Adams Carey
Houghton Mifflin Company
2000
381
061805698X
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
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.
$21.95

Cod, A Biography of a Fish That Changed the World

OCE10
Mark Kurlansky
Penguin Putnam
2009
294
0140275010
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

Death of a Hornet and Other Cape Cod Essays

USE84
Robert Finch
Counterpoint
2001
288
1582431388
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A collection of serene essays on the nature, wildlife, and inhabitants of Cape Cod by a keen observer and year-round resident.
$16.95

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

USE41
Henry Beston
Henry Holt and Company
2003
218
080507368X
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.99

The Whale

BST144
Philip Hoare
Ecco Press
2011
256
0061976202
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.99

National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England

USE06
Brian Cassie, Peter Alden
Alfred Knopf
1998
448
0679446761
FLEXI-BOUND
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$23.95

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

FG09
Jon Dunn
National Geographic
2017
592
1426218354
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$29.99

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America

USE262
David Sibley
Alfred Knopf
2016
464
0307957918
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.95

More Books

The House on Nauset Marsh

USE83
Wyman Richardson
Countryman Press
2005
224
0881506451
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A Cape Cod classic first published in 1947, these leisurely essays form a reflective portrait of the land, sea and wildlife.
$14.95

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

ANT173
Edgar Allen Poe, Jeffrey Meyers (Introduction)
Modern Library
2002
304
0375760075
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The richly imagined tale of an adventurous (and unfortunate) stowaway on a whaling ship. Inspired by a true life shipwreck, this story of an adventurous (and unfortunate) stowaway on a whaling ship famously includes poor Pym's ordeal in the Antarctic.
$12.00

October, or Autumnal Tints

USE569
Henry David Thoreau
W. W. Norton & Company
2012
127
0393081885
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Henry David Thoreau considers the red maple, elm, sugar maple and scarlet oak in turn in this classic ode to autumn -- not as the season of senescence but of ripeness, fullness, and maturity. Originally published in 1862, this handsome new edition is illustrated with Lincoln Perry's full-page watercolors and includes an introduction by Thoreau biographer Robert Richardson (Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind).
$17.95

More Books

The House on Nauset Marsh

USE83
Wyman Richardson
Countryman Press
2005
224
0881506451
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A Cape Cod classic first published in 1947, these leisurely essays form a reflective portrait of the land, sea and wildlife.
$14.95

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

ANT173
Edgar Allen Poe, Jeffrey Meyers (Introduction)
Modern Library
2002
304
0375760075
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The richly imagined tale of an adventurous (and unfortunate) stowaway on a whaling ship. Inspired by a true life shipwreck, this story of an adventurous (and unfortunate) stowaway on a whaling ship famously includes poor Pym's ordeal in the Antarctic.
$12.00

October, or Autumnal Tints

USE569
Henry David Thoreau
W. W. Norton & Company
2012
127
0393081885
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Henry David Thoreau considers the red maple, elm, sugar maple and scarlet oak in turn in this classic ode to autumn -- not as the season of senescence but of ripeness, fullness, and maturity. Originally published in 1862, this handsome new edition is illustrated with Lincoln Perry's full-page watercolors and includes an introduction by Thoreau biographer Robert Richardson (Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind).
$17.95

For Kids

Seabird

OCE79
Holling C. Holling
1978
PAPER
Literature
61
0395266815
Houghton Mifflin Company
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Across four generations and around the world, by whaler, clipper, steamer and airplane, Holling traces American seafaring through the eyes of an ivory gull in this illustrated classic. Ages 9-12
$11.95

Looking for Red

USE278
Angela Johnson
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2003
128
0689832532
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
An acclaimed novel about bereavement, set in a Cape Cod town. The sea is at the center of the story, for Mike's brother Red disappears into it. Ages 10-14.
$9.95

For Kids

Seabird

OCE79
Holling C. Holling
1978
PAPER
Literature
61
0395266815
Houghton Mifflin Company
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Across four generations and around the world, by whaler, clipper, steamer and airplane, Holling traces American seafaring through the eyes of an ivory gull in this illustrated classic. Ages 9-12
$11.95

Looking for Red

USE278
Angela Johnson
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2003
128
0689832532
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
An acclaimed novel about bereavement, set in a Cape Cod town. The sea is at the center of the story, for Mike's brother Red disappears into it. Ages 10-14.
$9.95