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It’s summertime—and the reading’s easy

A poetic tribute to Cape writer’s ‘best friend’

Details and descriptions of seven great “Beach Reads” with Cape and Islands connections

In Dog Songs (2013), writer Mary Oliver shares original poetry about the great love shared between humans and dogs. A Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Oliver writes of the beauty of the unleashed dog and the ways dogs take over our hearts and become part of our daily lives. Dog-lovers will appreciate how Oliver’s simple prose truly captures a life warmed by golden retrievers, West Highland White Terriers, boxers, and mutts.

A Provincetown resident since the 1960s, Oliver draws on the relationships she has experienced with her beloved dogs Benjamin, Ricky, and Percy over the years, creating a portrait of a loving and powerful bond. The book includes one essay and 35 easy-to-read poems making it perfect for a day of sun and reflection on the sandy shores of the Cape. Hardcover, 121 pages.

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