Warm Winter Reads

The Chatham School Affair
by Thomas H. Cook
Bantam, 1997

Travel back to the 1920s as the narrator recounts a life-changing year of love and murder in a mystery that takes place in Chatham when an all-boys school hires Elizabeth Channing, the school’s first, and last, art teacher. “It was first published in 1997, but remains one of my best-selling ‘local flavor’ books,” says Mark Leach of Now Voyager Bookstore and Gallery in Provincetown.

Remembering the Music, Forgetting the Words: Travels with Mom in the Land of Dementia
by Kate Whouley
Beacon Press, 2011

As Alzheimer’s begins to take away the precious memories of Kate’s mother, Kate learns to live in the present and treasure the moment—the only memory her mother now has. “It is a beautifully written, inspiring, and at times even funny memoir about what life is like for a Cape Cod woman whose mother has Alzheimer’s. I loved this book!” says Vicky Titcomb of Titcomb’s Bookshop in Sandwich.

A Cape Cod Notebook
by Robert Finch
On Cape Publications, 2011

With the help of each unique essay in A Cape Cod Notebook, readers will be able to envision the Cape’s year-round beauty even during the snow-covered months. “A new paperback, the size of a notebook, by Cape Cod author Robert Finch, captures the charm of Cape Cod year-round, written in fifty-two bite-sized essays spanning the whole calendar year,” says Jean Mackenzie of The Brewster Bookstore.

Caleb’s Crossing
by Geraldine Brooks
Viking Adult, 2011

Bethia Mayfield dreams of pursuing an education on Martha’s Vineyard as her father tutors young Caleb, a Native American who ultimately transitions into 17th century Anglo-American society and becomes the first member of his tribe to graduate from Harvard University. “Seen through the eyes of the daughter of a local minister, it’s a fascinating look at the impact of cultures colliding, religion, education, and more by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Geraldine Brooks,” says Titcomb.

Mornings with Mailer:
A Recollection of Friendship 
by Dwayne Raymond
Harper, 2010

While working as the assistant to Norman Mailer in Provincetown during the last four years of the author’s life, Dwayne Raymond developed a bond that blossomed into a memorable friendship. The book recalls Raymond’s time with Mailer, and presents a true story of lessons learned and love lost to read at the start of the new year. “This touching memoir is a first book for Dwayne, and every bit the same quality as a polished author,” says Leach. “The personal relationship between Dwayne and Mr. Mailer was very special, and reading about it brings a warm view of that friendship.” –Emma Haselton

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